Nokia has already announced that Comes With Music will debut in the UK, on October 16. But the service was said to be available only through Carphone Warehouse, as no British mobile carrier has joined Nokia’s initiative. For now, at least.
The first UK operator to welcome the new Nokia service into its playground seems to be 3. As reported by Pocket-lint, the carrier, a brand of Hutchison Whampoa, will soon announce its official affiliation to Comes With Music.
An anonymous source said that 3 will first offer the new service on the N95 8G Nseries smartphone, and not on the 5310 XpressMusic, like Carphone Warehouse.
Apparently, Nokia did not found a major UK operator to support Comes With Music because the new service could negatively impact their own music services.
3 is not among the giant mobile carriers from the UK (O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange), but it’s sometimes seen as the “most progressive” British operator. This might be the reason why it accepted to work with the Finnish company and offer Comes With Music.
The Comes With Music service will provide users 1-year unlimited access to Nokia’s huge catalogue of music tracks. The access will not be free, but there are no pricing details yet.
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