Nokia 808 PureView coming to the US, but don’t ask for carrier subsidy
0. phoneArena 10 May 2012, 10:09 posted on
The 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView is a device we can imagine people interested in mobile photography would be eager to get…
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2. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
"The problem with buying an unlocked handset in the US is that in order to use it with decent service and enough data, you’d still have to sign a contract, and pay the same monthly fees"
T-Mobile has that covered. Bring your own phone and pay less on their Value plans than you would on a Classic plan with a subsidized phone.
4. -box- (Posts: 3990; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Same with AT&T. Just give them the IMEI, grab a compatible SIM card, setup the plan with data and text as necessary, and you're on your way, no contract required. No savings that way though, compared to T-Mobile, but at least no contract.
13. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Or do what I do with my Nokia N8, pay as you go on T-Mobile, since I do not have a need for a lot of minutes and no need at all for a data plan, my cell phone charges are about $4.00 a month and if for some reason I needed to access the internet without WiFi I can pick up a week pass for $10.00.
15. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
What? I was surprised by this.
That's why carriers are so strong in US.
Govt should do something about it.
29. steelicon (Posts: 317; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
1.) Buy a carrier subsidized mobile phone, say a Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300, with a plan;
2.) Sell carrier subsidized mobile phone Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300;
3.) From the sale of the carrier subsidized mobile phone Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300, buy a Nokia 808 PureView RM-807 mobile phone.
That's how I got my Nokia N82-00, sold my carrier subsidized mobile phone Sony Ericsson G700.
33. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)
Better: Get a "dumb phone" from AT&T. Unlimited data is now $15/month, instead of $30/month for 3GB for a smartphone plan.
Take out the SIM and plug into your 808. Because it is Symbian, it is also not formally recognized as a smartphone by AT&T (ie. their serial number checks tend to ignore Nokia phones).
Keep your dumbphone as a backup in case you need to send in your 808 for repair.
You save $360 in 2 years.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If you are not getting a subsidy from a carrier, why do you have to sign a contract? If you pay full retail with VZW, you are on a month-to-month contract.
10. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
If I'm not mistaken, only VZW gives you that option for online orders and in-store. AT&T has done/does this with all current iPhone releases but you can only purchase the phone full retail in-store.
5. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
You're looking at £400+ for the handset alone...
Expect sales to be VERY low...
6. Snoobab (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Which is cheaper than an unlocked iPhone, yet SO much more.
19. -box- (Posts: 3990; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It has a (supposedly) better camera than a $250 point and shoot, has great reception and makes phone calls, has a touch screen and internet access on the go, which is worth about $400-700 depending on phone maker & other features, and you have the convenience of carrying just one device for most circumstances, which is priceless. Any price under $600 is a steal
30. Snoobab (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The DSLR-territory camera
Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps
Silent, smooth and LOSSLESS zoom up to 4X
Dolby Rich Recording (undistorted sound quality up to 140dB)
Dolby® Headphone Technology
FM-transmitter (think built-in iTrip)
Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation
Yet people rather want quad-core CPUs and 2GB RAM?! Pffttt, this is innovation! :)
7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
808 is very high camera resolution but everything else are very low specs. Windows phone. I will skip this phone and go for Galaxy S3.
9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"808 is very high camera resolution..."
It is just a trick. :)
21. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
It's not even Windows Phone. Stop commenting on smartphones please.
25. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)
The 808 PureView runs Symbian Belle, not Windows Phone
8. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
or with att take the subsidy on the highest resale phone (iphone) and sell in on craigs and pick up a cheap internet able flip phone. $10 unlimited data (or $15) seems like a decent deal to me
14. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
There is no US carriers offered $15 unlimited data plan.
16. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
non smart phone data plan is unlimited on att. its $15 with out texting $10 with texting. if you have a phone with an IMEI that they do not have in their data base, this works,
the ethics are one thing, but unbranded phones still have this loophole for now. i imagine att customer percentage of unbranded phones is less than 1% (no facts just my pure speculation)
24. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
nyamo is quite correct on this one...will not work for a Blackberry phone, but should work with just about any other smartphone.
11. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Wow!!! Thank you so much Nokia!!! Now I'm relieved!!! I was worried that if I get the phone, I wouldn't be able to install the updates ... without official US availability. Now I don't have to worry about that!!!!
17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you get way cheap options. if you dont mind having slower internet, any unlocked GSM phone on Tmobile is an awesome deal. And its even more awesome if its pentaband or a Tmobile phone to pick up 4g frequencies
Unl text and data with a 5 gig 4g throttle limit, and 100 mins for $30 bux
unl, talk, text, and web without 3g/4g internet is $50 a month.
or the same with 4g web @ 2gig throttle = $60 a month
or the same w 4g web @ 5 gig throttle = 70 a month.
all no contract.
18. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)
Why not go with ATT 3G ? You can only be with EDGE on Tmob
20. -box- (Posts: 3990; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Depends on the phone/network. Not all international phones work on anything faster than EDGE on AT&T
23. joey18 (Posts: 587; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
Nokia makes cheap phones thast why soon will disapear bcs needs real smartphones not windows come to android or make simbian like b b.
26. kanagadeepan (Posts: 863; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Well tried Trojan Horse... Do you have the guts to launch WP-powered PureView WITHOUT contract in US???
32. Sasparilla (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
You have to wait for WP 8. WP 7.5 can't handle the camera's needs and that's why there isn't a WP version yet.
27. potatosalad (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2012)
pretty much carriers in the US are dictating what to do with the end-user. where's the freedom love?
31. Sasparilla (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
Not sure if this is finally a U.S. model or just an import but the 808 is finally on the U.S. Amazon website (~$700 I was hoping for better, but its only one retailer so the price will probably come down as more retailers make them available in the U.S.) :
In the U.S. with an unlocked phone go with StraightTalk, choose their AT&T network SIM (you get AT&T's huge network) and then go with their unlimited phone, sms, data plan for $45 a month and no contract.
It's a seriously good deal and works perfectly for unlocked phones where you'll save tons of money over the 2 year life of a contract at one of the big operators.