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Nokia Week in Review (Week of September 3)

September 7, 2006 in Wireless Industry News

So the whole week was pretty much defined by Nokia’s release of several new models, most notably the ones from the Nokia L’amour collection. These are the fashion line models that you’ve probably never seen anyone use in public, much less carry around. But either way, the models were the 7390, 7373, and the 7360. Read the specific daily post about each phone if you so please.

Nokia 7390

Nokia also released a new edition of the Nokia 8800 phone: the Sirocco Edition. I didn’t actually write about this new model yet, so expect a full preview soon. It’s basically an 8800 with different colors and some included sounds from noted composer Brian Eno. Of course I’ve never heard of the guy, but then again these days my taste in music seems to be whatever’s on the radio. To be honest, there are a couple nice upgrades for the 8800 (2 megapixel camera, better battery) but I’ll go into details another day.

A company called American Technology Research dropped a huge bomb on Tuesday, saying that “The kinks have been worked out of the new phone and that it is set for production.” What new phone? Why, Apple’s latest smartphone that has neither been confirmed nor denied. So take that information how you will.

Nokia and Yahoo! both announced that the Nokia Mobile Search application will be powered by Yahoo! search. Interesting that Nokia has teamed up with Google to offer a Google Talk application (for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet), yet never bothered implementing Google search on their cell phones.

One of the highlights of the week (besides the L’amour models) was that Nokia will start naming new cell phone models by NAME rather than by random four-digit number. Scary, huh? Unfortunately, there’s no word on which cell phones will be named – I highly doubt they’re going to give a garbage phone like the Nokia 1100 something buzzworthy.

Which brings us to the latest news: apparently there’s a huge underground, “black-market” trade going on in prepaid sell phones (specifically tracfones and the Nokia 1100). Random Joes are buying up prepaid cell phones by the thousands and reselling to random middlemen. While law enforcement officials are worried that the practice could be used to either fund terrorism or as ammunition (as in detonating bombs with cell phones), they haven’t been too successful trying to prosecute buyers.

And that’s it for this week’s edition of the Nokia Week in Review. Always remember to keep your phone in a protective case, lest it end up going the path of my N71 – skittering across a tennis court getting scratched every which way.

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