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 a decade, 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. 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.