Samsung i8510 Innov8 passes through the FCC with 850/1900 3G

By on December 29, 2008 at 9:20 AM.

Samsung i8510 Innov8 passes through the FCC with 850/1900 3G

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Mobile shooters may now have a new Camera-centric handset to anticipate in 2009. A NAM friendly variant of the 8 megapixel Samsung i8510 Innov8 has just passed through the FCC. Unlike the European model with UMTS 900/2100 that was released earlier in 2008, this apparently new variant will have 850/1900 3G. With Samsung having a history of producing subsidized phones for the North American region, hopefully we can expect to see the S60-powered Innov8 come to North America possibly with AT&T and/or Rogers branding and a consumer friendly contract price.

[Via IntoMobile]

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Nokia N85 NAM begins shipping, available directly from Nokia for $500

By on December 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM.

Nokia N85 NAM begins shipping, available directly from Nokia for $500

Just a hair behind schedule according to Amazon’s recent pre-order page, the Nokia N85 NAM has officially started shipping. The N85 is almost universally accepted as Nokia’s true flagship Nseries for the time being, trumping the N96 in just about every area and shaving over $200 from the N96′s price tag. Featuring specs among the best of any multimedia-centric smartphone on the market today, the N85 can be considered a bargain with a price point just north of $550 that is sure to drop fast as more distributors begin receiving inventory. Tri-band WCDMA, an OLED display, dual-sliding form factor, an integrated FM transmitter, dedicated media / gaming keys and all of the bells and whistles that we’ve come to enjoy in Nseries devices are all present and accounted for. Those who choose to purchase the handset directly from Nokia today can also enjoy a solid $50 discount by way of promo code NOK120108R1, bringing the price down to $502. Sweet – any takers?

[Via Symbian-Guru]

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E71 NAM Starts Hitting Nokia Flagship Stores

By on July 21, 2008 at 3:43 PM.

E71 NAM Starts Hitting Nokia Flagship Stores

In typical Nokia fashion, it looks like the E71 has quietly started to hit the shelves here in the US. According to the E71blog, the Nokia Flagship Store in Chicago has already received its first shipment of E71s and has already begun contacting those on the waiting list. Apparently only the gray version is currently in stock and there’s no word on when the white version might be available. To clarify, we are indeed talking about the US version of the E71, aka E71 NAM aka E71-2, with AT&T-compatible dual band WCDMA (850/1900MHz). US 3G indeed! We gave a call over to the NYC to see what their story was and we were informed that there would be a “launch party” on Thursday evening. Basically, if you’re on the list you’ll get a call and you can head over to the store on Thursday to wait in line for your new handset. There’s also a second list for the next shipment but we assume that any no-shows will become available to people on list number two as well. So congrats if you’re on the list; $480 and you’re on your way with one of the hottest handsets that will come out this year. Everyone else should expect other retailers to start getting shipments in the next couple of weeks.

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Nokia N78 giveaway winner!

By on July 2, 2008 at 1:32 AM.

Nokia N78 giveaway winner!

We had some awesome responses, so thanks guys! But we bet you want to know who the winner is, right? It’s Robert M.! That’s right, step up (or sit down and wait for our congratulatory email). Thanks to everyone who took the time out to enter, and as usual, we’ve got some killer giveaways in the works.

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Nokia N78 NAM giveaway!

By on June 26, 2008 at 5:02 PM.

Nokia N78 NAM giveaway!

We told you we weren’t taking the whole giveaway thing lightly! In the market for a brand new Nokia N78 NAM phone? Stop right there — there’s a chance you could win one! Just to be clear, the exact model of this N78 is the N78-3. That has the 850MHz/1900MHz UMTS/HSDPA bands along with quad-band EDGE. Want to win it? All you need to do is leave a comment here and take our site survey which is at the bottom of the article. No information will be shared, etc. It helps you as much as it helps us! In the survey, there is a comment box at the bottom. In that comment box, drop in the same name you leave a comment with and we’ll select one of you!

  • The giveaway will run until July 6th at 11:59PM ET or until we get 1,000 entries. Whichever comes first.
  • Again… comment here, take survey, comment box.
  • Remember to leave a comment here as well, ok?
  • You also get the 3 free months of Nokia Maps 2.0 included with the phone.

Click here to enter!

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Nokia N78 NAM hands-on

By on June 25, 2008 at 4:08 PM.

Nokia N78 NAM hands-on

The Nokia N78, huh? It’s the replacement for the ever-popular Nokia N73, but in a non-typical Nokia move, it’s actually available in a US 3G NAM flavor. Currently on the shelves at your local Nokia USA store, the N78 is the first handset from Espoo to ship with FP2. There’s a bunch of software improvement which we’ll get into another time, but our favorite one so far? The Destinations for Internet/WAP/MMS, etc. What this does is let you combine a bunch of your access points into one destination. No more of those annoying popup messages asking you how you want to connect even though you’re already connected to Wi-Fi and 3G. In terms of the handsets physical attributes… it’s nice. It’s a little long, but you can’t say it’s not sleek. A huge issue for us is the button placement. Granted it will take a little bit to get used to everything, but we can’t understand how in the heck that end key got placed on the left side like that. It is the most awkward thing to use if you’re holding the phone with one hand. Style over function, friends. Eh, there’s still a whole heep of function in there though. If you’re still in love, we encourage you to check out our hands-on gallery. You’ll like it. Anyone up for a giveaway?

Click on over to our Nokia N78 hands-on gallery!

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Nokia Celebrates Memorial Day with New N95 NAM Firmware

By on May 26, 2008 at 11:37 AM.

Nokia Celebrates Memorial Day with New N95 NAM Firmware

S60 people, stop drooling over the E71 for a few minutes so that we can give you some important news. Remember how we reported on the guy from Nokia stated that the new v20 firmware for the N95 NAM would be out in early June? Yeah, he totally lied. Ok, maybe he didn’t lie and plans were just changed a bit. As of early this morning the updated firmware is available for all to enjoy, possibly to celebrate Memorial Day. Whatever the case may be, it’s taken entirely too long but it’s here so back up your phone and get to flashing. Some noted improvements:

  • Flash Lite 3 support
  • Faster bootup
  • Faster camera load time
  • Integrated Search
  • Demand paging
  • No ASR
  • N-Gage demos

So there you have it; better than any Memorial Day sale we can think of. Hit the Nokia Software Updater and get rolling.

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