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Nokia’s 8800 Carbon Arte – Coolest new phone of the year…
August 19, 2008, 2:27 pm
Filed under: Nokia | Tags: , , ,

…at least year to date.

OK, everybody has their touch screen, icon driven, 3G-iPhony, “me too” device, but Nokia introduced the coolest phone of the year today. Made of carbon fiber, titanium, polished glass and stainless steel, this 3G device has a 3.2 MegaPixel camera and 4G of storage, and features a touch sensitive pad to switch from phone to clock display. But the 8800 Carbon Arte is a “lifestyle statement” at over $1600.

Nokia’s Announcement

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Nice piece by Pearce on Motorola
January 25, 2008, 8:11 am
Filed under: cellular, James Quintana Pearce, mobile, Motorola, Nokia, Samusng

Nice piece in MocoNews by James Quintana Pearce today, “Motorola Doesn’t Need Another Hit Phone”. He argues that pundits who blame Motorola’s state on the lack of a hit phone are missing the point. Success in the industry has been driven by depth and variety in the product line, not a single hit phone.

Worth a read here….



Nokia Extends the Prism Line
January 23, 2008, 4:04 pm
Filed under: 7900, Crustal Prism, Daubal, mobile, Nokia, Prism

Nokia today announced the latest member of the Prism Collection, the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism, extending the fashion conscious product line. Featuring a crystal center key, and the diamond pattern keypad of the other Prism phones, the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism is the product of Nokia’s partnership with designer Frédérique Daubal. Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism will be available in the first quarter of 2008, and the 3G phone features a 2 megapixel camera, 1 GB of internal memory and a music player with matching headset. The keypad is also user customizable into one of 49 different colors….



Sony Ericsson Gets in the Music Business for Real
November 9, 2007, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Apple, EMI, iPhone, mobile, Music, Nokia, Sony, Sony BMG, Sony Ericsson, Universal, Vivendi, Warner Music

In a clear response to Nokia’s recent launch of a music portal with PC and mobile storefronts for purchasing and downloading tunes, Sony Ericsson has announced that it too will have a full-fledged music store for its customers by Q2 2008. S-E has always been able to sell tunes from the Sony BMG Music Entertainment, but has now reached agreement with the other three major labels (Universal Music Group (Vivendi), EMI Group PLC and Warner Music Group Corp). All of which means that Sony Ericsson customers will now be able to purchase the vast majority of the major label music that they can purchase through iTunes, Rhapsody, Nokia Music, etc.

The announcement yesterday was apparently timed to respond to both Nokia’s announcement last month, and the launch of the iPhone in Europe which takes place today.




Nokia Music Store Now Online
November 1, 2007, 2:29 pm
Filed under: AllAboutSymbian, iPhone, Loudeye, N81, N95, Nokia

…in the UK. Coming soon to a browser or N95 near you. Music from Nokia.

The AllAboutSymbian site reports the Nokia Music store, widely anticipated following the Nokia purchase of Loudeye last August. The company has cut deals with the 4 big labels and will be selling DRM’d tracks, initially only in the WMA format with other formats to come. The PC and mobile clients will interact to a limited extent and, and the PC client will support a plan for ‘all you can eat’ streaming of tracks (to be added to the mobile client later). Initially available on the N81 and N95 8G, you can expect that Nokia will soon incorporate the mobile client in many of their multimedia lines.

Looks like a solid offering to line up against iTunes + iPhone. It wil be interesting to see the rest of the industry respond.



Nokia Product Placement
October 17, 2007, 1:07 am
Filed under: 7900, mobile, Music, Nokia, Prism, SugaBabes

Whoever is doing product placement marketing for Nokia deserves a bonus.

The top two music videos in the UK this week both feature the Nokia Prism 7900 prominently, most notably the SugaBabes “About You Now” which focuses on two Prisms repeatedly throughout the video. The other video is Shayne Ward’s “No U Hang Up” which opens with a shot of the Prism and then shows glimpses of it throughout the video. Sexy, trendy, Pop artists loving their phones…. You couldn’t ask for better placement…..



Motorola Passed on Navteq
October 10, 2007, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Motorola, Navteq, Nokia

According to an article in the Wall St. Journal today, Motorola CEO Ed Zander told a group of business school students at the University of Chicago that Motorola had passed on a chance to to acquire GPS mapping company Navteq, recently acquired by Nokia.  “That’s not our strategy,” Mr. Zander said. “We are not in the applications business.” referring to Nokia’s strategy of acquiring or developing wireless applications, mapping applications and music services.