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Nokia Yanks N9 In Favour Of Windows Phone In UK

It looks as if Nokia has deliberately chosen not to launch the Nokia N9 in a few countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and France, three of its biggest markets in Europe.

The list of locations where the N9 will be launched can be found here (opens in new tab) and we wonder whether Nokia has chosen not to launch a handset that could potentially harm the launch of its first WIndows Phone 7 handset, the Sea Ray.

Interestingly, last week we reported how Nokia considered the three aforementioned territories, as well as the Netherlands, as being key countries for a successful deployment of Windows Phone 7.

Nokia's stand at the moment is slightly confusing as it is playing on three platforms: Meego, Windows Phone 7 and Symbian.

While Nokia has divested itself of Meego completely (in theory), it did manage to release a couple of handsets (the N9 and the N950, a developer handset) within days. Worse still, the N9 is now the company's most powerful handset, ahead of the Nokia N8.

Launched last week, the N9 comes with a few firsts among smartphones. It is the first mainstream handset running Meego OS, it is the first to offer 64GB onboard storage and the first to come without any physical keys. The rest of its configuration, while not groundbreaking, is solid enough to rival other high end smartphones.

Désiré Athow
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 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.