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Nokia XpressMusic 5800 Tube on 2G-only in China due to Cost cutting?

Chinese Nokia Tube users won't have access either to 3G or onboard Wifi according to Nokia's own Device Details page, meaning that there will be two separate versions of the 5800 Tube.

UK Site Gizmodo said that it might be down to the fact that China's lack of 3G network coverage could be the reason why it was disabled, which kind of not make sense as African Nokia Tube users will get 3G.

Plus China is making great strides and could become a 3G powerhouse fairly soon; Beijing (opens in new tab) has recently set a target to enroll more than 100 million mobile subscribers using homegrown 3G technology (3G TD-SCDMA) by 2011.

As for Wi-Fi, well, we can theorised that 3G and Wi-Fi were both supported by the same chip, which meant that disabling one would also affect the other. Might be due to a cost-cutting feature.

Finally, Nokia came forward with an online pseudo-emulator for the Xpressmusic 5800 which gives you an idea of how the phone - which will be released in the UK in 2009 - will work.

Interestingly, it gives you an overview of what you can expect from the phone (with some background music from Estelle's American Boy), including the soon-to-be-controversial onscreen mini SMS keyboard.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.