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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: Wait a minute...
By Justin Case on 10/1/2007 1:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
In some regions, some carriers do get "priority" on some new models (it rarely lasts more than a couple of months, though). However:

a) That typically applies only to low-end, "fashion accessory" phones (okay, the iPhone might fit into the latter, but not the former).

b) You can buy the same phone (unlocked) from a different region (or country) and use it with any operator in your region.

c) If you manage to find a way to unlock the phone, you can use it for whatever you want (you might still be bound by the original carrier's contract to pay a fee for X months, of course, but Nokia will never kill your phone).

The only reason why Apple can get away with this in the US is that the American cellphone market is completely stagnant compared to Europe or Japan. There are $200 European / Japanese phones that come unlocked and can do a lot more than the iPhone does (including 3G, MMS, video, longer battery life, access to tons of open-source software, etc.).


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