Nokia 808 PureView coming to the US, but don’t ask for carrier subsidy

Nokia 808 PureView coming to the US, but don’t ask for carrier subsidy
The 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView is a device we can imagine people interested in mobile photography would be eager to get, and after Nokia disappointed us by officially stating in the product page that the phone won’t arrive to the US, now it’s backtracked a bit. The 808 PureView will come to the United States, but it won’t be subsidized by carriers. Rather, it will ship unlocked.

“We’ll figure out a way to make that available in the U.S. in the next couple of months,” Nokia US President Chris Weber said.

That’s already reassuring and nice, but we’re pretty certain that even without Nokia’s help unlocked 808 PureViews would have arrived on interested retailers. 

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, but you also pay the full price of the device you buy. On the other hand, you can choose a carrier and have the freedom to switch to a different device at any time, without any penalty fees.

Either way, Nokia’s efforts should make it much easier to get the 808 PureView in the US, which is pure good news, isn’t it?

source: CNET

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808 PureView
  • Display 4.0 inches
    640 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Symbian Belle



31. Sasparilla

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 14, 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.) : p_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller= 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.

27. potatosalad

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2012

pretty much carriers in the US are dictating what to do with the end-user. where's the freedom love?

26. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 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: Jun 14, 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.

23. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

18. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Why not go with ATT 3G ? You can only be with EDGE on Tmob

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Depends on the phone/network. Not all international phones work on anything faster than EDGE on AT&T

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 or 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.


Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011


11. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 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!!!!

8. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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: Nov 10, 2009

There is no US carriers offered $15 unlimited data plan.

16. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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: Mar 31, 2010

nyamo is quite correct on this one...will not work for a Blackberry phone, but should work with just about any other smartphone.

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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: Aug 05, 2011

"808 is very high camera resolution..." It is just a trick. :)

22. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Please explain. What trick?

21. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It's not even Windows Phone. Stop commenting on smartphones please.

25. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2010

The 808 PureView runs Symbian Belle, not Windows Phone

5. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

You're looking at £400+ for the handset alone... Ouch. Expect sales to be VERY low...

6. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Which is cheaper than an unlocked iPhone, yet SO much more.

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Don't care. 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: Dec 07, 2011

Exactly. Plus... 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! :)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Mar 28, 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.

2. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: Feb 10, 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: Oct 21, 2011

What? I was surprised by this. That's why carriers are so strong in US. Govt should do something about it.

28. potatosalad

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2012

In Asia, we don't want that. :)

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