Nokia's iPhone Challenger Is Feeling the Beat Again
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the smartphone Nokia hopes will stand up to the Apple iPhone, is back on shelves after reported problems connecting to the AT&T 3G network. On March 16, Nokia confirmed the devices were available, after many were pulled from shelves on March 2. Nokia and competitor Samsung each recently released music phones internationally, responding to customer demand.The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic-Nokia's hopeful competitor to the Apple iPhone-is once again ready to rock.
The music phone was pulled from shelves on March 2, after complaints that some customers couldn't connect to AT&T's 3G network. The Nokia Blog is reporting that the 5800 is back with updated firmware v20.
A spokeswoman for Nokia said the issue was "an isolated situation related to a configuration change in the North American variant."
She continued: "We have now adjusted the configuration and have resumed sales. Those customers of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic who experience a 3G signal issue are advised to contact Nokia Customer Care. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience."
The 5800 XpressMusic was first released in North America on Feb. 25.
Unlocked and retailing for $399, it runs the fifth edition of Symbian S60; offers one-touch access to music and videos; and features a 3.2-inch high-resolution touch-screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and an FM receiver. Included software also makes it easy for users to view Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents.
On March 11 and 10, respectively, Nokia and competitor Samsung released additional music phones internationally, responding to customer demands. Samsung launched the touch-screen-focused S5600 and S5230, while Nokia announced three new music phones, as well as expansions to its Nokia Music Stores and Comes With Music service.