Updated: Nokia Ovi Store opens in the US on the Nokia 5800 XM
With all of the Nokia Ovi Store launches going on around the world and the official announcement that the Store is open, I decided to take my AT&T SIM from my E71x (there is now Download! utility on it) and put it into my Nokia 5800 XM. I was pleased to find the Ovi Store icon on there and quickly downloaded it to my device. I then logged into my Nokia account in the Ovi Store application and was able to download a ringtone (Star Trek) and a couple of applications with ease. I also started to buy an application to see what that experience was like and it looks like there is a three step credit card process in place for US buyers.
I see many free applications in the Ovi Store, along with priced apps from 99 cents to $19.99 so far. All prices end in 0.99 for US buyers. I thought it was a bit strange to see a previously free application, ShoZu, appear on the store for $4.99 though.
There are viewing options for the following:
- Suggested for me
- Most popular
- Most recent
- Show free only
- Show paid only
- Show all
- Account details
You can search the Ovi Store in each category using the search box at the top. I plan to use it and figure it all out soon and see how the recommended apps part works with friends all over the world.
Sorry for the pics in this post, I took them on the train with my T-Mobile G1 since I have no other camera with me. I plan to post a video of the Ovi Store in action later tonight too, along with screenshots of it in action.
Please let me know if you get the Ovi Store working on other devices in the US. I now need to figure out how to get it on my E71x.
UPDATE: I just went to store.ovi.com using my Nokia E71x default browser and a page appears stating that the device is not compatible with the Ovi Store. I’ll keep trying to figure this out.
UPDATE 2: I just read the following statement over on the Ovi Store Blog, “In the US, AT&T will be offering Ovi Store to its customers later this year.” So it sounds like the E71x won’t be able to get the Ovi Store for a while and this is unfortunate. I wonder if you can use the web version on your PC/Mac and download apps to install on your PC/Mac and then put them on the E71x in the meantime.
UPDATE 3: Thanks to Moogle’s comment to this post I went back and tried store.ovi.com on my E71x and have access to the store through the web browser. There is no dedicated application for it yet, but this might just work fine. I now plan to try buying and installing some things to report back for you all here. I read that some (maybe all) apps purchased through the Ovi Store may not work on the E71x, but let me try and I’ll get back to you all.