Here's a rumour to be taken with a heavy dose of salt. Carphone Warehouse is apparently going to launch an incredibly good deal on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, which some have compared to the iPhone, as from tomorrow, Friday 30th of January.
Our sources say that the launch, in partnership with O2, would see the phone given free with 100 minutes, unlimited texts for a mere £15 per month, a price unheard of for any touchscreen smartphone.
But some might be skeptical about the deal as Carphone Warehouse is currently offering the phone on pre-order for £25 per month, with 200 minutes anytime and 200 texts and O2 does not offer £10 contracts even on 24 month contracts.
What's more, the phone will come with a 8GB microSD card but is very unlikely to come with Nokia's Comes With Music package. However, you should be able to get unlimited internet as a bolt on for a mere £7.50 per month extra.
Carphone Warehouse is also expected to offer the phone on a PAYG service both on T-Mobile (£220 including a £20 top up) and O2 (£240 including a £20 top up). The company has a SIM-free policy which means that you should be able to buy the phone and swap SIM cards.
The 5800 XpressMusic is Nokia's first mainstream touchscreen smartphone. It comes with a 3.2-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a dedicated media bar and allows you to enter information neither through a stylus, a plectrum, a full virtual QWERTY keyboard, handwriting or an alphanumeric keypad, possibly, the most complete smartphone built.
It also comes with full 3.5G wireless technology and integrated Nokia's Share on OVI aand Nokia Music technology which, although not as advanced as Apple's solutions, could certainly give them a run for their money. The phone had its UK launched last week with a suggested retail price of £249.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been hailed as Nokia's best shot to take down Apple's Iconic iPhone smartphone and the fact that both O2 and Carphone Warehouse, two of Apple's UK exclusive agents, are rumoured to be part of the deal means that the company could soon end its exclusive agreement. Expect any deal to make Apple executives furious.