Nokia ‘iPhone killer’ misses Christmas season in developed markets, Australia

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The Nokia 5800, its answer to the Apple iPhone, will not launch in Australia or most developed markets during the Christmas shopping season. Instead, it will launch in India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and Spain before the end of this year.

The phone will cost €279 (AU$498) before operator subsidies and taxes, making it cheaper than the Apple iPhone. Nokia is also hoping that it can ship more than 10 million touchscreen phones in 2009.

The delay has been said to be because of the interface adjustments for different operators; and since it uses a touchscreen interface, adjustments are much complex than other phones.