Further developments in the Nokia N9 release date saga; it’s now very much looking like the MeeGo monster won’t be shipping to these shores.
Though Nokia still
hasn’t officially confirmed either way what the score is, Carphone Warehouse told us “we understand that this handset will not launching in the UK”.
We’ve been in contact with Expansys as well regarding the N9 and are waiting to hear back. Its pre-order page for the Nokia N9, was meant to be in the process of being taken down is apparently still live and kicking.
It’s thought that Nokia is holding back the N9 so as not to dampen the impact of its ‘Sea Ray’ phone, the working title for the first Nokia Windows Phone 7 phone. Appearance-wise the two phones are virtually identical and it’s everyone’s guess that the specs are as well.
Obviously Nokia has a lot riding on the Sea Ray, essentially its big comeback phone. But then again the N9 has gained a lot of interest from customers, despite MeeGo being in the pipeline for a good couple of years.
For now, it looks as though MeeGo fans in the UK are going to have to order one in from the continent and cough up the pennies for an N9 SIM-free.
Update: The Nokia N9 will not coming to the UK anytime soon. Nokia got back to us with the following statement:
“As an organisation Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available. These decisions are based on a local assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s product portfolio and are intended to provide the best local portfolio for the UK market. Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present.”