Nokia has a strong base in India and some African nations. Countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. haven’t had a Nokia fan base since some time now (with Android and iOS being the possible culprits). It is not a surprise, because developing nations have always been more receptive to Nokia handsets, mainly because of the strong build quality, and trust with the company. But now, it seems like Nokia has put all of the above countries in its low priority list. The Nokia N9 availability page doesn’t have India, U.S., U.K., or any of the African nations. This news comes as a shocker to many, since Nokia has had a very strong hold in these markets.
The absence of countries such as the United States is understandable, because Nokia has no carrier support for its devices yet, and it could take some time till Nokia gets to an agreement with the carriers in the U.S. And as far as India is concerned, the company may follow the strategy it followed while launching the N900, which was made available in the Indian market, a few months after other countries got it.
There is still some confusion over the launch of the Nokia N9. Some reports claim that the device could be launched within a month from now, while others speculate that it could take longer. Either way, excited fans in the country will have to be content with videos and photos till it’s made available. Although it is hoped that Nokia could add a bunch of countries to that list within a few days. But until then it’s disappointment all over. Users can keep an eye on the availability page over at Nokia.
These countries will be getting the phone first: 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.