Is the Nokia N8 coming to AT&T in early 2011?

I just posted on the North American Calling All Innovators contest and then started checking out the contest site in more detail. Is the Nokia N8 coming to AT&T?As I stated in that post I was wondering what device people would be using to download the applications to, but if you go to the Judges and Awards page you can see writing about New Device Tracking Period and New Device sales. What is this mysterious New Device? All the evidence suggests it is a Nokia N8. I think blue and orange Nokia N8 devices would perfectly match the blue and orange AT&T colors, don’t you?

More evidence of this is on the Rules page where the details state, “Qualifying apps must be designed, developed, fully compatible with, and published for, the Nokia N8…” Wow, doesn’t get much clearer than that, does it? I can’t imagine that Nokia is just counting on those of us who will be buying SIM-unlocked N8s and the evidence is mounting that AT&T will be picking up the N8.

OK, here is more evidence in the contest pages, “Nokia will release a new device (“New Device”) in the United States which is compatible with Apps developed for the N8, in early 2011 (“Release Date”).” Uh, OK, this HAS to be the N8 then.

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24 Comments to Is the Nokia N8 coming to AT&T in early 2011?

pier
September 23, 2010

Maybe it’ll be the N9?

jen
September 23, 2010

NOooooo. I currently have AT&T and they have no idea what type of phone. I have the unlimited $15 data plan and if they start to carry Nokia fones then I will get shafted, they will try to jack my plan then.

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Ennis
September 23, 2010

I’m not sure it’s going to be the N8. It could be some other S^3 device or even maybe a MeeGo based handset.

Ennis
September 23, 2010

This is listed under prizes: “Approximate retail value (“ARV’) for each New Symbian^3 Device $400 USD / $418 CAD” Since the N8 is $450 in the US, what is being talked about could possibly be the C7…lets wait and see if my guess is right :)

GT
September 23, 2010

Nokia and AT&T seems ready for something big for American consumers next year. Android and RIM will feel the heat.

Omagus
September 23, 2010

I do NOT get Nokia’s fascination with AT&T. Ok yes, it’s the largest GSM carrier in the US but you’ve been down this road how many times now, Nokia? You release a great phone and then send it to AT&T, who loads it with bloatware, doesn’t market it well and it fails miserably. And much of that was before AT&T found success with the iPhone and Android. If this happens, I don’t see it working out well.

ram
September 23, 2010

I’m thinking that the device will be available sooner than 2011. My thinking is that with the possible number of developers out there who might consider this then they will need access to the physical devices to test out their apps properly. A virtual environment or emulator won’t be enough.

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[...] push products, Nokia hasn’t really had a chance to compete. But as my podcast colleague Matt Miller notes at Nokia Experts, this contest may be a foot in the door to the U.S. market for Nokia. Evidence of this is on the [...]

Woody
September 23, 2010

@Omagus: AT&T isn’t just “the largest GSM carrier in the US”. For all intents and purposes, it is the ONLY GSM carrier of significance in the US. The only other country-wide GSM carrier in the US is T-Mobile, which has spotty coverage in most areas.

I live in a major city, in the heart of the city, one of the most densely populated areas. AT&T has 5-bars and full 3G coverage for the entire city and most of the suburbs. Even in rural areas AT&T usually has at least a couple bars. T-Mobile has a very weak signal (1 bar) in my neighborhood, with no signal in some areas, and very spotty 3G. T-Mobile coverage in the suburbs is for the most part non-existent, and is completely absent in the rural outlying areas.

There are some small scattered regional GSM providers as well, but most of them are only for a very small geographic area, and have no roaming agreements with other networks. That makes them useless for anyone who doesn’t live entirely in the city, 24/7/365.

So really, for a GSM phone in the US, you have two choices: AT&T or T-Mobile. And since T-Mobile service is spotty (albeit far cheaper), most device manufacturers for GSM are going to pair with AT&T. I was amazed when the N900 only had 3G bands for T-Mobile, until I realized that their 3G bands are also predominantly used in Europe as well.

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Omagus
September 23, 2010

@Woody I understand all of that. But my point is that Nokia has gone down the AT&T path MANY times and been burned every. single. time. We’re not just talking one or two handsets here: the 6620, 6682, 9300, N80, E62, N75, N95, E71x. These are all phones that Nokia released with AT&T and they all failed spectacularly (despite doing very well elsewhere, and even among the unlocked community in the North America). Why does Nokia want to continue down this path? Why not give more attention to T-Mobile? No, T-Mo is not as big as AT&T but there is also less smartphone competition there (basically just Android and Blackberry; at AT&T Nokia is competing against Android, BlackBerry, webOS and that little iPhone thing). And it would not be unprecedented. Samsung has become a major phone manufacturer in the US in large part because early on it decided to tie its fortune to Spring, who was a pretty small carrier at the time. Worked out well for both.

james h jackson jr
September 23, 2010

true but those that want it on tmobile as im a tmobile fan and user great rates and plans no 2 gig limit on data who wants a nseries device with a 2 gig data plan limit i currently have a n900 and the good thing is nokia now uses pentaband chips meaning that new e7 n8 phones that they just announced work on both tmobile and at&t bands so having it on at&t is a plus and the nokia purists like us who dont want carrier gunk can still buy it unlocked its not a either or situation i feel nokia will always make its phones unlocked and carrier based as i will always choose unlocked and enjoy that freedom while the carrier based ones will allow them to sell more phones to the north american market they want in on so those who want it unlocked do it that way those who want it on a carrier with bloatware and subsidized with 2 year jail sentence can get it that way too

james h jackson jr
September 23, 2010

so long as i can still get the phones i want unlocked from nokiausa.com amazon.com etc etc im fine with what ever that do carrier wise

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rf
September 24, 2010

Seriously, unlocked on TMo is the way to go. The even more plus pricing is great. I just popped a sim in my C5 and couldn’t happier…until a new C7 or N8 is here at least!!

mona
September 24, 2010

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icebike
September 26, 2010

@Omagus:

AT&T needs a follow on smartphone after they lose iPhone exclusivity. Right now all they have is an Also-ran Samsung Galaxy.

AT&T could really push the N8.

The difference this time is AT&T needs something new and fresh to replace the iPhone. And the press estimates that a third of their iPhone customers might jump ship for Verizon (I seriously doubt that number), makes i more imperative it be something new and different and awesome.

AT&T needs Nokia more than Nokia needs AT&T.

LL
October 11, 2010

So guys are saying that Verizon coverage is alot better than AT&T?

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December 2, 2010

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