Nokia N8 advertised during Oscars, still not available on any US carrier

Nokia N8 advertised during Oscars, still not available on any US carrier

“King's Speech” dominated the 83rd Oscars yesterday at least within one certain dream and not that of a ballet dancer, but what most gadget-geeky folk found even more interesting was the ads. You surely noticed the Nokia commercial, which advertises the company's current flagship, the N8, which curiously enough is available on zero U.S. carriers. Our unforgetful mind also kindly reminds us that Symbian was deemed a “burning platform”, which Nokia plans to abandon in the not-so-distant future, or was it a dream within a dream?

You might know that the carrier is utterly underrepresented on the U.S. market, but could this ad do anything to change that? At the current price of $399 off contract on Amazon the phone is double the price of your usual subsidized smartphone. In return, you get the reigning leader in camera phones with the freedom to choose a carrier and no strings attached. We leave to you the decision, but in the meantime check out the ad once again and remember not to attempt bull riding. Seriously.

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  • Display 3.5" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.83h 3G talk time)



1. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Does not make sense. They need a carrier to sell. Its camera is not enough to make it stand out for people to spend extra just for that. Unless of course you're a nokia fanboy.

2. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I like the idea myself. I don't worry about subsidized phones because I don't like being locked into a contract. But that isn't the case for most Americans, they like subsidized phones, or don't know any better.

3. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

This was video was shown on the nokia blog a few weeks back. Turns out that it looks to have been made for the X7, which, if you have a keen eye, you can see at 0:26, and Nokia just had it changed for the N8. That also kind of explains why the phone looks weird.

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

$399 is also a lot cheaper than practically every smartphone you see form a carrier off contract (because that's the proper way to compare the price of this to others).

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