Exactly as anticipated by leaked information a few days ago, the Nokia C7 is headed to T-Mobile. In fact, the official acknowledgement by both the carrier and Nokia has been made, complete with press shots and news release.
T-Mobile will sell the Nokia C7 rebranded as the T-Mobile Nokia Astound. The smartphone will become available online and in T-Mobile stores on April 6, and will set you back $79.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate). To get the phone at that price, you’ll need to sign a new two-year contract with T-Mobile. Pre-orders for the Astound start tomorrow.
If you don’t mind Symbian, which, even in its latest incarnation that Nokia now likes to call ‘the new Symbian’, but was previously known as Symbian^3, can be a bit hard to get used to for novice users, then the Astound delivers an astounding (excuse the pun) level of specs for the price. This is, for all intents and purposes, the exact same device as the internationally known Nokia C7. The only difference is the prominent T-Mobile logo on the Astound’s chin.
So what do you get for the money? A 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 640×360 (16:9 aspect ratio), an 8 MP full focus camera with 720p HD video recording, quad-band GSM and penta-band HSPA (making this truly a world device, and the reason why not even the HSPA chip has changed compared to the original C7), Wi-Fi, GPS with Ovi Maps preinstalled (comes with free worldwide navigation), 8 GB of internal storage expandable even further via microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, a dedicated GPU, and a 1200 mAh battery.
T-Mobile will be offering Wi-Fi calling on this device, and Qik will come preinstalled to serve all your video calling needs.
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