CTIA NOKIA ASTOUND

I was invited by @womworldnokia to attend CTIA event last week.  After arriving in Orlando, I went to waiting area to wait for @msjen and @jebbrilliant with whom I was supposed to share a cab with.  I received a call from the cab driver said he will be only picking up me because their flight was delayed and he took me directly to Crave for the Nokia CTIA announcement.  The first thing I saw when I arrived at the restaurant was a banner with familiar Nokia logo but this time it had the famous magenta colors & logo of T-Mobile underneath it.

Your browser may not support display of this image. My first thought after seeing the banner was that they would probably announce the Nokia C7-00 that was re-christened to Astound for T-Mobile USA.   Once I walked in I saw marketing material for the Nokia Astound.  I have never used or seen a C7-00 before and my first impression is that this device would be a sure hit if it’s priced and marketed right.  It is much lighter (130 grams) than the Nokia N8-00 or E7-00 that I with me brought to CTIA.


Third party vendors like Otter, Slacker personal radio, Gameloft (Real Golf HD, Spider-man etc), Poynt and Action Bowling were at the Nokia event to demo their app to the media.  I spoke with the Action Bowling developer and he was quite excited to see his product pre loaded onto the Nokia Astound.  The Action Bowling app has been available on iOS and Android as well and he told me that it took only four weeks to port that into Symbian^3.  People at Gameloft informed me that there will be around 15 apps available when the Astound goes on sale on April 6.Below is an excerpt from the Nokia Media release kit on the availability of the Nokia Astound:

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.

I just wanted to add that data plan start as low as $10 per month.

Tom from womworld provided each of the blogger a review unit that we can use for the duration of our stay in Orlando.  I am already looking forward to write a review and highlight some of the cool features of the Nokia Astound:  Symbian^3.1, T-Mobile custom ROM, the sleek updated browser (NokiaBrowser/7.3.1.20), Wifi calling feature and the email app.  We will also be meeting up with Nokia product managers today and tomorrow and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or via twitter (@jjklee) and I will relay your question to them.   You can also head over to Nokia Forum Device Access here to access the Nokia Astound over the Internet (@camb078 thanks for the tip).   Please check back later this week for the NokiaInnovation review of the Nokia Astound.

Special Thanks to @jjklee for his coverage and this article on the event.



Lenny Bonsignore
Lenny Bonsignorehttp://www.OneTechStop.net
Lenny Bonsignore @LennyBons34 is Owner/Editor- in -Chief of OneTechStop, Sports fan, Tech guy, & Mailman by Day [email protected]

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