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Nokia pokes fun at Apple's iPhone  (Source: Mac Rumors forums, mcdj)

Nokia N95 8GB
Nokia fires back at Apple

There is no hotter phone on that market than Apple's iPhone. The phone launched in June to massive hype and crowds of eager fans waiting to get their paws on one.

Glassy-eyed Apple lovers were eager to fork over $599 for the 8GB iPhone and $499 for the 4GB iPhone. Those elated iPhone fans, however, turned into blood-lusting Steve Jobs haters when Apple announced a $200 price cut for the 8GB iPhone.

Apple recoiled a bit and offered $100 of in-store credit for ticked off iPhone owners, but the damage was already done.

On the rollercoaster of Apple/iPhone love/hate, iPhone owners were once again elated when it was announced that a free unlock solution was available for the phone. The firmware hack freed customers from AT&T's grasp in the U.S. market (with the only other option being T-Mobile); while worldwide customers were given a reason to embrace the iPhone as a wide range of carriers could be used.

But the happiness didn't last long -- Apple dropped the 1.1.1 firmware update on customers which not only relocked the iPhone, but turned a number of phones into "iBricks."

The latest move by Apple has forced some customers to scream for a class-action lawsuit against the Cupertino-based company.

While all of this has been going on, Nokia must have been sitting back with a big grin on its face. Recently, the company decided to take advantage of Apple's image problem with iPhone customers and started a new advertising campaign.

A keen Mac Rumors forum member spotted a new Nokia ad in New York which takes direct aim at the iPhone. The ad displays such phrases as "Phones should be open to anything," "The best devices have no limits" and "Open to anything."

The ad directs onlooker to Nokia's Nseries phones. The N95, which launched earlier this year, features a 2.6" QVGA screen, 160MB of internal memory, microSD slot for memory expansion, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. A newer model, the N95 8GB, has since been released with 8GB of internal memory and a slightly larger 2.8" QVGA screen.



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RE: N95
By JackBurton on 10/1/2007 12:35:11 PM , Rating: 3
Oh I LOVE this. While Nokia takes jabs at Apple's iPhone, why don't they mention how much their 8GB N95 phone costs? $750+ anyone? You can almost get 2 iPhones for ONE 8GB N95. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the N95, but everyone here was criticizing Apple's initial price of the iPhone ($599) but they apparently think $750 is a decent price for the N95. WTF? To even things out, I want to see 100 posts of how ridiculous $750 is for a phone. And now that the iPhone has dropped to $399 for the 8GB model, everyone here needs to start giving Nokia crap for their "overpriced" N95 phone. And just keep repeating "overpriced Nokia phone" over and over and over.


RE: N95
By ghost101 on 10/1/2007 1:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
But you arent tied into a 2 year contract. I got a nokia n95 for free on a 12 month contract costing me $50 a month. Thats what happens when you have 4 or 5 mobile phone operators scrambling for your custom.

Dont think the iphone can compare. It will cost $540 on an 18 monnth contract ($70 a month) and is only available through 1 operator. I dont expect to see many price reductions with little competition. Its been labelled as the UK's first £1000 phone.

This is for the UK btw. I suppose the nature of the American market with only 2 operators means it is slightly different. But i feel my point stands. One is definitely cheaper than the other.


RE: N95
By JackBurton on 10/1/2007 1:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
If I could get the N95 8GB phone at a discounted price if I went with a particular provider, I'd jump all over it. Unfortunately, NO provider in the US carries the N95 (at least none that I know of), so it's $750+ for me, PLUS, whatever you pay for the voice AND data plan which is about $70-$80+ in the US. So yeah, it is VERY steep!


RE: N95
By cheetah2k on 10/1/2007 11:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
I have an Jailbreak'ed unlocked 8Gb iPhone on 1.0.2 firmware in Hong Kong, and loving it.

Cost me US$500 for the privilege though. Not quite 2 for 1 in this case.


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