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Nokia N8 in stock in US, 549USD list price. AT&T possible exclusive contract plans.

Nokia N8 in stock by a major tech distributer

Apparently, a source working for one of the world’s largests tech distributers suggests that the Nokia N8 for North America is in stock. In their stock inventory, the unsubsidized, unlocked recommended list price is set to 549.99 USD. That’s only around 355GBP. That’s pretty close the the EU price hovering around 459 EUR (381 GBP). The UK preorder price at Nokia.com is 429GBP (35GBP. I’m not sure if this is a typo but the source goes on to indicate the N8 may be sold for 449USD. That’s only 292GBP. ?? Colours available are grey (possibly the black one), white (possibly the silver one) and green.

Availability dates proposed was Sept 21, with a warning possibly for October. Though it has been rumoured to be launching along side Nokia World next week. N8 release dates – the new Never Ending Story.

The whole sale price is blurred to prevent link back to the source.

On another note, this may just be rumours so grab a pinch of salt, but from another source who emailed our tips@mynokiablog.com page

  • Nokia are working on THREE Nokia N8 versions. N8-00 is the global variant. (possible other variants w/ keyboard and another with 32GB?)
  • A cheaper version supposed to be for Chinese market
  • Nokia supposedly working with AT&T to have exclusive N8 USA model with subsidies.

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  1. September 8, 2010 at 3:42 am

    …sighs. If it turns out to be true that Nokia is working with AT&T to release an “AT&T exclusive N8” – I have a feeling I am going to be sorely disappointed for future Nokia product releases for the US in general.

    “AT&T exclusive” can be read another way – “US acceptable”, IE: Nerfed. I don’t want a nerfed Nokia because AT&T feels the need to nickel and dime their customers with shitty services that even a low-end Nokia phone can perform better.

    What the heck Nokia!! I know one employee has stated that AT&T has one of the world’s tightest quality restrictions, but what does that mean, exactly? To me, it just means AT&T wants total control over the device, and is going to demand Nokia make it some bastard half-child of it’s unlocked glory – Why am I, a smart consumer going to want to buy that?

    To take it a step further, now, if I buy the device unlocked and AT&T has it on shelves but you have to have xxx plan feature, are they going to force me to purchase that plan feature, even if I don’t subsidize??

    I really hope I am just playing devil’s advocate here, but this is what my mind’s eye sees coming….

    On a positive note, $549.99 is $100 less than what the N900 was originally listed, though never sold at. I want to say the $700 days of getting an unlocked Nokia in the US are gone! At this price, the N9 will almost have to be $650.. and as close to $700 as that is, it’s still not! 🙂

    • chfyfx
      September 8, 2010 at 3:54 am

      Agree. please, not at&t. Nokia, just keep it unlocked in the US, people will buy it.

    • September 8, 2010 at 3:58 am

      I think Nok may have to bend over and take it like a man if they equally wanna penetrate US market :p Peeps need to see the N8, get their hands on it. Most will NOT buy it outside of subsidy.

      Though if there is a AT&T variant, hopefully not bastardized with their bloatware.
      Perhaps CDMA N8? Verizon?

      • chfyfx
        September 8, 2010 at 4:04 am

        i guess you have not been in the US nor used at&t service at all. to me, an unlocked nokia means freedom. and trust me, americans will not appreciate the approach, they will simply disgrace Nokia even more.

      • Andre
        September 8, 2010 at 4:27 am

        I agree, the AT&T specific version is probably simply to increase their presence and image in NA. Pending an increase in image in NA people will be more likely to picky up and try high-end Nokia devices and not simply consider them “burners”.
        It’s likely that online distributors will still carry World (read: unlocked) versions of the phone and as such, people like us who know how to work the system will probably get the unlocked versions.

        • September 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

          I’m not so sure. Granted, just a tip and this is all speculation, but if it was just about image, why was it tip worthy?

          To be an “exclusive” it needs to be different, somehow. Just a name change, while semantically true, isn’t really exclusive! So while that could be all it is, after the long dry spell between these two, I highly doubt it.

          Nokia is more than likely willing to get further in bed with AT&T, meaning AT&T has the power to make a few things in concrete. Any software changes that are unchangeable, for instance? That would not be a good thing at all.

          If I planned on buying this, I would most certainly get unlocked, but I’m just worried about the future devices a few years from now. These things start small, you know. 😉

        • alex68
          September 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

          There will be considerable gap before N9 and S4 products are ready. Having a contract deal for N8 is very important for NOKIA as it can not afford to be irrelevant in USA smartphone market anymore.

          Nokia will not make any CDMA phones for sure and T-mobile market is too small. Finally ATT is the best option for Nokia to work with. Think in the stand shoes of Nokia, you will understand its poits.

          I believe Nokia is wise enough to offer two options, for american consumers, contract and unlocked phones. People just buy what option fits best their needs and Nokia grows/keeps its market share and improves profit margin. That’s a win-to-win soluation. No one loses.

      • September 8, 2010 at 4:33 am

        I agree they need to “accept” certain things to do better in the US market. However, I feel that sacrificing what makes them the best handset maker in the world, is not something that should be “accepted.”

        I’m not clairvoyant, I have no clue what a Nokia device subsidized through AT&T would end up being, but there are only two options: Better or worse.

        Worse, is defined as adding anything AT&T has as a service or crippling basic functionality of the unlocked device.

        Better, is defined as improving on the original device functionality and including things that really make it better.

        Of the two options, is there really any questions as to which is the only and obvious outcome here? As I mentioned, a Nokia employee led me to believe Nokia making a device to AT&T spec can only be a good thing, but I don’t know if that was hardware or software specs.

        I have a hard time believing it was a hardware spec. The lowest priced Nokia off their website is better than the highest priced device available from AT&T, so I think I’m rightfully a bit worried on what any such “AT&T exclusive” device would turn out to be.

        And so should all Nokia users in the United States – If Nokia and AT&T reach some sort of compromise, we can expect to be paying out the nose for the unlocked “perfect” device first and then the “Required” plan features even though we didn’t purchase direct from AT&T, much like what happened with the iPhone.

    • chfyfx
      September 8, 2010 at 4:00 am

      i ll just have to to buy it unlocked and switch to t-mo

  2. Murble
    September 8, 2010 at 3:57 am

    No typo. The list price is MSRP. Nobody pays that for anything.
    The blurred out wholesale price is much decent bit lower then $449. If I was a betting man, I would feel safe putting my money on it being available at around $449 from major US resellers when it becomes available.

    Inacurate, an easy way to an unlocked phone of your choice is to sign up for ATT and pick the most popular phone you can get for cheap. Then flip it on ebay/craigslist and use the proceeds to fund your new N8 🙂 You would most likely need to keep a data plan, but the low end smart phone data plan is $15.

    • chfyfx
      September 8, 2010 at 4:06 am

      i hope you are right. a at&t locked phone is simply unacceptable…

    • Murble
      September 8, 2010 at 4:12 am

      On a side note… Ive also been searching a few times per week for C7, E7, N9 and any variants I think of. No hits yet, but Ill pass the info on if I do see them.

    • September 8, 2010 at 4:41 am

      Murble man, I’ve been off contract with AT&T going on four years now, for a reason. 🙂

      I’ve thought about it with every single release of the iPhone. It’s not about the money for me (Granted, I’ve had my N900 for <12 months now) as much as it is the future foreshadowing we can reason out based on the concrete information we get from time to time. Granted, the tips are not concrete, but the prices probably are and speak lovely volumes! 🙂

  3. Stylinred
    September 8, 2010 at 5:23 am

    the store.nokia.com lists all the colours except the black one are due LATE 2010; whereas the black one is due @ the end of September

    http://store.nokia.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/productdetail_10500_10101_-1_10000675

    and is that the link from that guy that was going to give me some great info if i was in the usa?

    • alex68
      September 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Can this be great info? Of course, NOT…

      • Stylinred
        September 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

        i didnt know it was you Alex i thought it was from some other guy who’s name i still cant recall but i guess i was wrong ^^

    • alex68
      September 8, 2010 at 9:57 am

      It is sth that I would not yet tell in public

      • Stylinred
        September 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

        that sounds pretty great to me though for that price hehe 😉

  4. Stylinred
    September 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

    BLT has the same listing and very similar sku but they want $455.76 (37$ shipping to canada -_-)

  5. Sal
    September 8, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Why not go with T Mobile? The dice was tooling the right way with them.

  6. Sal
    September 8, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Also, the other colors are coming out early to mid-December according too Nokia chat agents.

  7. bogdo
    September 8, 2010 at 7:07 am

    From what I was told, the N8 is not coming to a US carrier, but the N9 will be coming to ATT. Nokia will be pushing meego very hard in the US with a multi million dollar ad campaign.

  8. September 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

    AT&T has more customers and more coverage and is more expensive than T-mobile. I have used both and depending where you live,the service can vary greatly. If Nokia goes with AT&T, it will be the Iphone’s little brother(just like the android phones). Look for the unlocked version at Amazon, Dell Mobility etc. for a better price than the Nokia USA on line store. Has anyone heard when the E7 is going to be released? Hopefully we learn next week.

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  10. Sal
    September 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Yeah…I heard it won’t be carrier exclusive. Regardless, I shudder at the thought of AT&T over T-Mobile. I would argue T-Mobile has a better rep here.
    If it is the N9, I don’t think AT&T will afford to meddle with it, cause they are about to lose iPhone exclusivity soon.

  11. alex68
    September 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

    N8-00 is the best camera phone from Nokia and all the rest Symbian 3 phones or N8 variant phones won’t have this super camera capability. If people want a super camera phone, N8-00 is the only option and no carrier exclusive.

  12. Doug
    September 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Although I have AT&T, and I would love to see a high end Nokia once again, I don’t have enough trust in AT&T to leave the device alone, given everything they’ve done in the past, and continue to do to this day. Clearly, unless it’s an iPhone, they have to mess with everything, and that’s not what I want in a device. Someone needs to slap them around and convince them to offer more devices that aren’t touched like the iPhone. That would really benefit both consumers and the company I think.

    Nokia is most likely pursuing T-Mobile for a launch here though.

    • September 10, 2010 at 12:15 am

      That is exactly my feeling and thoughts here.

      Unless Nokia and AT&T get some deal like Apple and AT&T had. That I would be OK with, but that to me, doesn’t mean “exclusive” or require a lot of negotiations!

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