Nokia Astound Brings More Symbian To T-Mobile USA

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News Posted: Wed, Mar 23 2011 11:06 AM
It's a very interesting time for Nokia. They brought in a Microsoft exec to be their CEO, and then they switched operating systems to Windows Phone 7. But there's still a few Nokia phones that were already in the pipeline, and you can't just cancel all of those as you wait for the WP7 integration to take place over the course of the year. So, that leaves Nokia with little choice but to ship existing Symbian-based smartphones in the meanwhile, even though consumers know that WP7 will be the supported OS on Nokia phones in a matter of months.

Nokia's Astound is one of those phones that are caught up in the middle, being based on Symbian and attempting to appeal to consumers who have already turned Symbian off in their heads. The phone is slated to ship on T-Mobile USA starting April 6th, offering an 8MP camera (with dual-LED flash), a 720p HD video camera, 3.5" capacitive touch screen (AMOLED), free turn-by-turn navigation, and free/paid apps via Nokia's Ovi Store.

The silver lining here is that it's a really solid phone, and quite stylish as well. And rather than pricing it for the standard $200 on contract, Nokia's making this one really affordable right away: it'll sell for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan, making it one of the more affordable new-smartphones on the market. Still tough to say if it's worth investing in what's effectively a dead smartphone OS at this point, but you have until the 6th to decide.

Nokia Delivers Astounding Smartphone for T-Mobile USA Customers

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and ORLANDO, Fla., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by U.S. consumers who want an affordable smartphone that offers a simplified user experience and on-the-go entertainment, Nokia today continues to broaden its Symbian smartphone portfolio with the introduction of the Nokia Astound. Offering value without compromise, the Nokia Astound will be available exclusively from T-Mobile USA beginning April 6.

The Nokia Astound's sleek stainless-steel design features an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture, a brilliant 3.5-inch capacitive touch AMOLED display, free turn-by-turn navigation from Nokia and access to thousands of free and paid apps via Nokia's Ovi Store. The Nokia Astound makes it easy for consumers to stay connected. The Astound has three fully customizable homescreens, giving quick access to email, and the ability to check the latest from Facebook and Twitter, or just surf the web. Consumers can kick back and enjoy the Astound's entertainment features by playing pre-loaded games like Fruit Ninja, listening to the latest music with the Slacker Radio app, or browsing their own music and video collection, right at their fingertips.

"As millions more consumers make the switch to smartphones, Nokia is proud to offer an alternative that is not only easy and fun to use, but is also very sexy and sleek, unlike anything in its price point," said Mark Slater, vice president of sales, Nokia. "With a user experience rounded out by Nokia's Ovi services, including Maps and Store, consumers will be delighted to discover Nokia's premium design quality with no compromises on services and apps, made affordable with T-Mobile."

"As T-Mobile continues to make owning a smartphone easy and affordable, we are thrilled to introduce the high-quality design and entertainment experience of the Nokia Astound," said Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. "Offering the features of a high-end smartphone at a great price, the Nokia Astound is sure to appeal to a broad array of consumers."

Uniquely crafted, the Nokia Astound is an example of the quality and impressive hardware that consumers associate with Nokia. Its AMOLED touchscreen is protected by ultrathin, damage-resistant glass and surrounded by stainless steel, which completes the attractive yet durable design.

Equipped with the latest commercial version of Ovi Maps(1), the Nokia Astound provides free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in almost 100 countries in 46 languages. The Nokia Astound comes pre-loaded with automotive grade maps for the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean(2). With more than 8,000 3D landmarks and free premium content like Lonely Planet guides and TripAdvisor, consumers can explore new places and experiences along the way. New features include improved search engines and WiFi positioning, a drive assistance mode for real-time traffic updates, maps of public transit lines, and the ability to check in to places and share great moments with friends on Facebook, Twitter and many local social networks.  

With the Nokia Astound, consumers can visit Ovi Store to discover new apps, games and themes to customize their device. Each week, Ovi Store continues to grow and add more great content that supports 32 languages in more than 190 countries. Currently, Ovi Store sees more than 4 million downloads worldwide per day, including popular apps and games like Angry Birds, OpenTable, Shazam and Galaxy on Fire. As an added convenience, apps and services can be billed directly to a consumer's monthly T-Mobile bill or credit card.

Visitors at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Fla., can visit the Nokia Lounge, booth #1626, to experience the Astound along with other Nokia solutions and meet developers who are creating compelling apps and content for consumers to enjoy on Nokia devices.

(1) Ovi Maps uses automotive grade maps from NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of maps, traffic and location data.

(2) Additional countries and languages are available to download free from Nokia. Data charges may apply.

Availability

The Nokia Astound will be available nationwide starting April 6 through T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.

The Nokia Astound will also be offered at select third-party dealers, and at leading national retailers including Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target Mobile locations and Walmart. For more information, visit http://www.nokiausa.com/astound. 
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rapid1 replied on Wed, Mar 23 2011 11:21 AM

It will probably grab some cult following lol. Seems to be about all it is good for though to me. I mean if Nokia is going shortly to WP7 as a main platform it will never get updated past purchase or it would seem so anyway.

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coolice replied on Wed, Mar 23 2011 1:07 PM

Nokia Retro edition..... packed with Symbian haha. Meh, wouldnt get one

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