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Nokia N9 finally up for pre-order in Australia, may let you down with a price of more than $850

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Nokia N9 finally up for pre-order in Australia, may let you down with a price of more than $850
The Nokia N9 debuted with much fanfare - after all it was the first Nokia handset with MeeGo, the operating system which everyone thought would be Espoo’s future before the Windows Phone adoption struck. After the announcement of the N9 and up until now, though, Nokia has done little to sustain some people’s enthusiasm about MeeGo - actually it has given them a cold shower by reiterating its firm commitment to WP and by leaking the Sea Ray prototype, a virtually identical copy of the N9’s looks.

So now, mere days before September 15th, the rumored date for the release of the N9, the Nokia N9 is finally up for pre-order at Australian retailer Harvey Norman. 

Nokia N9 finally up for pre-order in Australia, may let you down with a price of more than $850
With two variations, one with 16GB of built-in memory and the other with 64 gigs, the phone costs, gulp, $865 (AUD$829) off contract for the 16GB version and the whopping $1,010 (AUD$979) for the 64 gig model. Now that price could scare the most hardcore MeeGo geek, but Nokia has tried to make things look slightly better by bundling the BH-505 NFC-enabled headset with the phone. Has it succeeded? If for some reason you think that makes things bearable, you’d better hurry up if you want to get it as that offer runs out today, on September 12th. 

Would there be many brave Aussies willing to close their eyes about that price and is it really worthit? Feel free to share your opinions about Nokia’s pricing policy, how you think that is tied to the N9, MeeGo, Windows Phone, the future of Nokia and the meaning of life in general. Yup, that’s as far as we went to trying to wrap our heads around that price - seriously, Nokia, $865 off contract?


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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:36 2

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


You can preorder it here in sweden now...

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:44

2. Muaha (unregistered)


Holy Crap! That cost more than an Android phone! Actually, that cost more than the 16 GB iPhone 4 ($859)! Hopefully, other retailers will sell it at a cheaper price.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:45 3

3. Muaha (unregistered)


Oh wait never mind... $865 is USD... So it's still cheaper than an iPhone 4.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:25 1

5. ... (unregistered)


what are you talking about? Unlocked iCrap 4 16GB is only $650 in Apple store

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:30

8. Muaha (unregistered)


That's if you live in the US. I live in Australia. That's how much the iPhone 4 16 GB cost here.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:19 1

4. oscar1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Next year at this time is will be $495.00 on Amazon.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:28 1

6. ... (unregistered)


Nah significant price drop should be seen around Thanksgiving, or Christmas the latest

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:30

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's f**king expensive in U.S.D.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:31 3

9. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


830$ is just f**king insane..I see an Elop conspiracy here too ;)

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:36

10. Awesome1 (unregistered)


Anyone in the house know how to do Heimlich maneuver? Nokia is about to get choked

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:14

11. abcs (unregistered)


Weird, so much difference? Unlocked price in Spore is SG799(USD645) for 16Gb and SG899(USD725) for 64GB. Iphone 4 is around USD700 in SEA region
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Science%2Band%2BTech/Story/A1Story20110908-298321.html

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 14:34

12. nokia n950 (unregistered)


hey i heard nokia has another phone called N950 for Meego. But it has been released for developers only. Looks very sexy.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 01:33

17. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


well nokia's gonna nokia. they have consistently made the worst decisions possible ever since the begining of consumer smartphones, and they don't seem to be stopping any time soon.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 02:47

19. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


No. They have been doing stupid decisions after Mr. Eflop became CEO.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 16:49

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I will get it for my girl... in acua blue.... that way can distinguish this kick a** of phone from all the clone phones saturating the market...

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 17:40

14. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


Everyone knows pre-orders are usually OVERPRICED. Why bother?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 19:03

15. Rafael Lima (unregistered)


guys so cheap LOL. An iCrap 32GB in Brazil is R$ 2400 = U.S.D 1250, and 16GB is R$1800= U.S.D 870. A Samsung Galaxy s II R$ 2100 = U.S.D 1050 so why you are complaining? You guys are so lucky. A simple N8 costs 700 U.S.D in Brazil

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 21:40

16. Yianni (unregistered)


No one pays RRP in Australia anyway so that price is meaningless and is just a guide.

There are stores right now that have it up for preorder for around $690 AUD in Australia.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 01:36

18. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


this phone's a mid-level phone at best, even by today's standards. 1ghz single-core processor? normal amoled display? 1450mah battery? give me a break.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 09:06

20. jack1059 (unregistered)


Its being released and then set up, to fail. Then the decision to go wp7 will look unavoidable. Sad, as it looks fantastic and meego could have been nokias new OS for the future. Millions spent on development, down the drain.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 00:21

21. BUGGA (unregistered)


Doesn't matter, the OS will be supported in one way or another...it uses resources too effectively regardless of the cpu. Plus, Alien Dalvik will change the amount of apps available to the phone. Who knows what else can be done with the open source of the OS. N900 was just starters and it evolved quite well. It's a different phone from the tag along masses and thats whats so great about it. I won't own a phone that's popular for the wrong reasons.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 14:35

22. Memoon (unregistered)


Awesome ad BTW... IT will be like $650 by the end of the month it launches...

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