So close… And yet so far. Yesterday we reported that Nokia Flagship stores had received shipments of the kind-of-not-really highly sought-after 5800 XpressMusic NAM, but eager Symbian fans who made it down to the NYC shop were in for a pretty unpleasant surprise. Oh, we weren’t wrong – Nokia’s stores did indeed receive shipments of 5800s sporting US-ready 3G antennas. Unfortunately however, Nokia didn’t start selling them. In fact here we are a day later and Nokia still isn’t selling them. Huh? It’s not that staff in the store doesn’t want to sell you a shiny new 5800 NAM… They can’t. As it turns out, Nokia is having some issues with its inventory system and, well, store employees can’t sell you a phone if they can’t charge you for it. If you were planning to head down to the New York Flagship store today, definitely give them a call first to see if the issues have been resolved. At least now we know why Nokia doesn’t make a big deal when it finally releases handsets here in the US.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.