NTT DoCoMo cancels Nokia E71 after Nokia ditches Japan
Rumor has it that the Nokia E71 will have the letter “X” appended to its name by the time it launches on AT&T’s network. That it will be called the Nokia E71x, and available in a color that can only be called unorthodox black. But over in Japan, a different kind of X has hit the Nokia E71: an X for cancelled, as in NTT DoCoMo has decided to drop the handset from its lineup entirely.
In an earlier announcement, NTT DoCoMo had said that it will launch the Nokia E71 sometime between February and March 2009. But since Nokia’s surprise announcement regarding its decision to pull out of the Japanese cellphone market, NTT DoCoMo’s apparently been doing some thinking. And their decision is to cancel the Nokia E71.
NTT DoCoMo’s announcement of their decision is pretty straight-forward:
NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has cancelled its planned launch of the docomo PRO series™ Nokia E71 handset due to Nokia Corporation’s decision to terminate sales of all Japan-specific handsets through Japanese operators.
Well, bad one for Nokia, and even worse for forward-looking Japanese business-types who were attracted by the classy and thin Nokia E71. If anything else, at least they’ve got Vertu.