Don’t get us wrong, we’re just as psyched as anyone else for the release of Nokia’s flagship N97 handset — the company’s first Nseries device to pack S60 5th Edition. We just can’t seem to work our way around the price tags that have been popping up. The N97 recently appeared on TIM’s website as its impending release draws closer, and the price is currently listed at €599. For those keeping score at home, that’s $793.38 in US dollars at today’s exchange rate… From a carrier! Now granted, all of TIM’s pricing is pretty outrageous — the Nokia N96 is available for €599 as well (?!?) — but we have to wonder about the N97’s cost to partners if TIM has to charge this much. Of course it’s possible that TIM is simply relentless and shameless in gouging its customers, but let’s not forget Expansys UK currently has the unlocked N97 listed at £669.99 ($980 US). Crazy.

[Via Symbian Planet]


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.