Nokia 5800 XpressMusic launched in Taiwan for $446
That still isn’t quite the same figure as what Nokia has promised, and it wasn’t specified exactly what factors were taken into account while determining the handset’s price.
But the interesting thing is that it seems to fall in line with what we previously uncovered: that vendors were allowed to tack an extra $100 or so on the 5800 XpressMusic’s price and just bundle it with some sort of promotional material or free stuff.
With its current retail price, both in Taiwan and Spain, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic might as well be a high-end phone. But nay, says Nokia, for it is only intended for the mid-range market.
And speaking of the market, it is said that Nokia plans to launch a Taiwanese version of the Nokia Music Store and Comes with Music, as well as a Chinese-version of Ovi in 2009.
That’s all well and good, but one thing Nokia has to work on is getting the handsets that work great with the services out into the hands of as many customers as possible in the first place. Then maybe their services will really start to get some traction.