Will the Nokia N9 end up in more than 23 countries?
availability of the phone in various countries. 23 countries are listed, but conspicuous by its absence are some places that you would consider an N9 launch to be a no-brainer like the U.S., the U.K. and India. The absence of the U.S. on the list makes sense only because the manufacturer does not have carrier support in the States for smartphones. As we reported, the Finnish based firm almost had support from AT&T for the Nokia X7, but the manufacturer was not sure that the carrier would be able to strongly back the phone and that deal fell apart. With the sexy N9 wagging tongues in the U.S., Nokia wants an opportunity to align itself with at least one major mobile operator in the States that could offer the phone on a subsidized basis.
India was a latecomer in receiving the Nokia N900 months after other countries did, so it is possible that the country will eventually get the handset. The exclusion of the U.K. is a mystery. Perhaps the list of available countries, which can be found at the source ink, will be updated soon, with more countries added.
The Nokia N9 is expected to be launched at the end of the third quarter at a price range in the area of $600-750 which makes it imperative for Nokia to find a carrier it can partner with if the N9 is to make some noise in the U.S.
source: Thehandheldblog via FoneArena