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When Is the N97 Coming Out?

April 7, 2009 in Nokia Phone Deals
Looks like June. Ugh!

Looks like June. Ugh!

As the days grow longer while waiting for Nokia’s Next Big Thing, aka the N97, to arrive in the USA, I’m tempted to go out and buy an Xperia X1, or Touch Pro, or even a 5800 XpressMusic. Because man, I am itching for a touch-screen QWERTY phone right now.

Instead, I’m sitting here trying to figure out when the N97 is going to start hitting stores. And it’s not looking good. The official word from Nokia is that the N97 will start shipping sometime in the first half of 2009, and it’s looking like it’ll be the later half. Keep in mind that the N97 will retail for 550 euros. That’s $736 USD, up from last December’s $698. At this rate, the phone’ll cost more than a Prius by the time it comes out.

Anyway, here’s a little table I put together that shows as many (semi-reputable) stores as I could find with N97 preorder prices and expected release dates. I’ll try to keep it updated as the release date draws nearer. Disclaimer: note that I do not endorse any of these stores, nor have I dealt with any of them. Purchase at your own risk!

Store Price Expected Release Date
eXpansys UK £669.99/582.60 exc./$857.82 USD June 23, 2009
mobilecityonline $799.99 (black version) May 13, 2009
mobilecityonline $799.99 (white version) May 13, 2009
elite-electronix $799.95 June 2009
CellHut $799.99 None
ButMobile+ $998.99 None
OverseasElectronics $1199.99 None
SelectGSM $1599.98* None
Plemix $1159.00 None

+I think they’re missing a T.



Isaiah Copon
10:14 am

I would’ve believed that SelectGSM price if this was back when the N97 was first announced and if that was in Canadian currency. Everything off of SelectGSM is way too overpriced. I’m hoping for an $800 – $850 USD price tag.

5:33 pm

A June release date for the euro model, only? Or will the North American 3G version be released at the same time?

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