The Nokia N9‘s release is fast approaching. Well, not that fast considering that it’s only expected in Sweden on September 23. But it is coming. And now, thanks to Nokia itself, we finally have the full list of countries and territories where Nokia’s first and possibly last MeeGo-branded handset will be available.
There are 23 of those countries and territories (you’ll get the full list in a second), yet the countries that aren’t on the list stand out more than those that are. Did you know, for example, that the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy will not get the N9 on sale officially? Ever? Neither will the US, Canada, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands… and the list goes on and on. After all, with just 23 places that will get it, the list of those that won’t is bound to get big.
But here’s the thing. A couple of weeks ago we found out that Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 device will launch before the end of this year in six countries. Now if you were guessing that all of those six countries are among those that won’t ever see the N9, you were right.
The first Nokia WP7 handset will become available in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK – precisely where the MeeGo-based N9 won’t be available. Coincidence? I say not. At least in Europe, Nokia seems to aim its first WP7 at the more ‘mature’ smartphone markets, and the N9 at, well, the rest. What do you think about this strategy? Is it well thought out? Would the N9 simply not have a chance in any of the ‘big’ European mobile markets with people so in love with iPhones and Androids? Then again, if that’s so, then why would the WP7 offering fare any better? Let us know in the comments.
Here’s the entire list of places where you will be able to pick up an N9 from later this year: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, and Vietnam.
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