In our continuing look at purchasing cell phones from alternative avenues other than your wireless company, we look at Nokia and their new approach to direct sales.
In what is a new business model for Cell Phone manufacturers, Nokia has decided to sell their phones directly to customers via NokiaUSA.com. This change has many hopeful that the industry will follow suit and unlocked phones will be sold on every manufacturer website.
For example right now you would hard pressed to find Nokia’s answer to the BlackBerry anywhere but they are selling the Nokia E62 directly and even unlocked for $349.99 with free two day shipping.
Feature set Nokia E62:
Remote and local (peer-to-peer) synchronization over Bluetooth technology, IR or data cable
Bluetooth wireless technology 2.022
HTML browsing with Nokia Browser1,2,12
EGPRS (Class B, MSC 10)1,15
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Multislot Class 101,15
GSM Circuit-Switched Data up to 14.4 and 43.2 (HSCSD) kbps
320 x 240 pixel active matrix display with up to 16 million colors
Support for personal and business email accounts such as POP, IMAP (with idle) and SMTP1
Supports third party email clients: Good Mobile Messaging, BlackBerry Connect, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email, Mail for Exchange (Microsoft ActiveSync) and Xpress Mail 1
Attachments viewers and editors support the most common features of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP and 2003). Compatible with Zip Manager and Adobe Reader
Instant Messaging client (Yahoo, AOL, OMA)1
SMS distribution list
Email LED indicator, vibrate and tones to alert you of new email
Full messaging keyboard for easy text and data input
Next is the best camera phone ever produced, the Nokia N95 and it sells for a cool $749.00.
Nokia N95 Feature Set:
5 megapixel (2592 x 1944 pixels) with DVD like quality camera, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 fps
Large 2.6â€³ QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT display with ambient light detector and up to 16 million colors
Data WCDMA 2100 (HSDPA) with simultaneous voice and packet data (PS max speed UL/DL= 384/3.6MB, CS max speed 64kbps)
Up to 5 megapixel
S60 software on Symbian OS
Speaker independent name dialing (SIND)
Integrated hands-free speaker
Why are they doing this? Because they are the dominant Cell Phone manufacturer in the world but have had a hard time dominating the US market and maybe this is a way to shake up the way things are done. It seems that their products are too advanced for our market and only the basic models are sold through US Wireless Companies. Hopefully when all these companies get their collective acts together and we start seeing the HDSPA that we should have existed last year this trend will change and we just might start to catch up to the rest of the world…..but I wouldn’t hold your breath.