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Old 03-23-2011, 06:00 PM
Danny Simmons
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Default Nokia's Symbian and T-Mobile to Launch New Smartphone, Awkward Times

"So, perhaps it is only fitting that the two parties gathered in Orlando for what has to be one of the more awkward press conferences I've attended in a decade and a half of covering tech.  Drawing reporters to the Crave family restaurant on the outskirts of a suburban mall, the Finnish cell phone maker announced plans with T-Mobile to start selling the Astound, a rebranded version of the company's Symbian-based C7 smartphone."

The make quite a pair, don't they?  This must have been a very uncomfortable press conference, knowing that the dying Symbian and the soon to be reallocated T-Mobile spectrum would have almost no chance at success.  But they seem pretty confident that users will enjoy one final stint of Symbain and T-Mobile.  Of course there is much to be seen still with T-Mobile's future.  The FCC may kill the AT&T deal.  And maybe Nokia can make Symbian co-exist with their Microsoft plans.  Who knows, but in light of recent events, it makes you wonder how they can justify the release of this phone.

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:44 AM
Richard Chao
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AT&T already announced they intend to use the 1700 band for LTE and those with T-Mobile 3G phones will have to get new phones. I think it would be wrong of T-Mobile to release this phone unless it's right now and they intend to replace it with a compatible phone in the future. Actually, I think that should be applied to anyone buying a T-Mo phone with contract right now.
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