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3 To Bundle Nokia N95 Smartphone With "Comes With Music"

To say that 3 is the most aggressive mobile phone network on the market would be an understatement and to prove this point, the Hutchinson-Whampoa firm has announced that it will sell the popular Nokia N95 handset with "Comes wtih Music", a scheme that other operators have vehemently opposed.

"Comes with Music" is a direct hit at newly introduced mobile music services from the major networks and threatens a promising source of revenue for them. Orange already has its own music store while Vodafone has Musicstation but Three does not have a proper music store as it uses Livewiremobile's default music service (opens in new tab).

Nokia's music service will offer full, unlimited music downloads as long as you buy Nokia's phone on a regular basis. Mobile Today, who broke the news, says that senior executives from both sides have agreed in principle over a deal.

Carphonewarehouse is selling the only compatible "comes with music" phone, the antiquated 2G 5310 XpressMusic - which will be sold with broadband and laptop - and the N95 would be an excellent stopgap until the new XpressMusic 5800 handset is released. It is unknown whether other phones (notably the N96) will be included in the deal.

Other manufacturers - including SonyEricsson - are also pursuing the idea of having users "subscribing" to their mobile phones to get free music tracks (ed: It turns out to be the same as subscribing to a music service and getting a free phone).

Why not read our "Five Reasons Why Nokia, Vodafone and Other Unlimited Music Schemes Will Not Last Long"

Désiré Athow

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 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.