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Nokia Booklet 3G To Hit Best Buy in November

October 15, 2009 in Nokia Phone News
The Booklet 3G will set you back at least $779.

The Booklet 3G will set you back at least $779.

First, sorry about the lack of updates in the past few weeks. I’ve been super busy with work, (other people’s) weddings, and just general stuff. I’m trying to get the Nokia ball rolling again though.

Meanwhile, the latest news on the wireless front is Nokia’s announcement of the Nokia Booklet 3G, coming exclusively to Best Buy stores in mid-December.

The Booklet 3G is, of course, Nokia’s grand entrance into the netbook game, one already cluttered with a number of competitors from every corner of the earth. But even though it’s technically 2 years late, the Booklet comes armed with some pretty impressive features you won’t find on most netbooks these days: 3G, A-GPS, Windows 7, 12 hours of battery life, and HDMI.

This comes at a price: retail for the Booklet 3G is 575 Euros, or $836. That’s if you buy it unsubsidized. However, if you buy it from everyone’s favorite retailer Best Buy, you’re looking at completely different pricing: it’s $299 out-the-door, with a required AT&T Data Connect 2-year contract. Data Connect comes in three flavors: $20 for 10MB, $40 for 200MB, and $60 for 5GB (per month). What, no unlimited plans? And 10MB, in this day and age, is a complete joke.

So at the absolute cheapest, the Nokia Booklet 3G will set you back $299 + $480 for the 2-year contract, to the tune of $779 bucks. That would get you the glass-and-aluminum netbook and 2 years of 3G with a limit of 10 megabytes a month.

If you’re interested, get to your local (or online) Best Buy on October 22nd – that’s the first day preorders will start for the Booklet 3G. I honestly do not see too many takers right now.

There are still some unanswered questions, like: does the Best Buy exclusivity for the North American version also apply to the NokiaUSA store? Can you buy the Booklet 3G in the USA without some ridiculous Data Connect plan? Will AT&T offer some kind of unlimited plan for a reasonable price? And when the hell is the N900 coming out?

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