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Nokia says no N9 for America


News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday August 09, 2011.

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Engadget was able to glean some information from Nokia about its distribution plans for the N9 smartphone, and, unfortunately, it doesn't look good for fans of the MeeGo-powered handset in the U.S.

Nokia's statement, when pressed about a U.S. release date for the N9, was "After the very positive reception to the launch of the Nokia N9, the product is now being rolled out in countries around the world. At this time we will not be making it available in the US. Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia's extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities."

A bit of unfortunate, if not entirely surprising news, for those looking to get their hands on the N9 that happen to live in one of the 50 U.S. states. Nokia had released previous versions of the N-series smartphones in the U.S., but they were always sold outside of carriers and cost much more than the average smartphone customer would stomach spending on a phone. Without carrier support, Nokia's N-series phones never got much traction in the U.S. and were relegated to enthusiast devices, so it is not a huge surprise for the company to not exert its efforts in bringing the N9 to the U.S. Those who really want it will just have to find a way to import it.

 
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