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Nokia N97 Smartphone To Launch For £499 or £40 PM On Contract

Nokia will be launching its top of the range Smartphone, the N97, for a £499 if purchased direct from Nokia, a tad more expensive than the £480 that was the pre-order price back in January 2009 at

The phone is only available from Vodafone where it will costs £40 per month (opens in new tab) on a 18-month contract which is not bad, which is comparable to the iPhone. Vodafone will still be launching the N97 in July as previously reported.

The S60 smartphone will come with 32GB built-in memory with an additional 16GB available thanks to an optional microSD card. The N97 also bundles a 5-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, a GPS, native support for OVI and Skype.

Other features will include a 3.5-inch TFT, 640x360 pixels, touchscreen with a slide out keyboard plus Wi-Fi, GPRS and HSDPA connectivity. There are rumours that the N97 will be released in the US on the 2nd of June.

Some vendors have already said that the phone will be selling for £39.15 on Vodafone with free mobile internet and landline calls as well as 700 minutes and 250 texts. Users will also be able to upgrade for as little as £132.99.

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Our Comments

The N97 - which Nokia said is the world's most advanced mobile computer - offers an accelerometer feature like the iPhone. Should you get one? We certainly wouldn't given the price. However, it will be available on Vodafone for as little as £39.15 which is pretty good. Vodafone will also be throwing in some nice Nokia MD-8 Speakers.

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