Nokia N9 fails before release as MeeGo market dwindles

By Posted 12 Aug 2011, 10:30

A couple of days ago we told you that Nokia’s new flagship smartphone the N9 would not be launching in the UK or the US. While most consumers in both countries either want an iPhone or Android device, there would still be some people who wanted the device. Now we have news of more countries that won’t be seeing the device, which begs the question, has the Nokia N9 failed before release as the MeeGo market dwindles?

The handset has seen a lot of publicity from Nokia, but it now seems the company is starting to shy away from the handset. According to Electronista Nokia have now said the N9 will not be landing in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland either. The company has put up a countdown page on its Swedish website recently with a date of September 23rd.

You have to wonder now how many countries will actually see the handset released, and why Nokia is limiting launch of the device. If consumers in the US really are eager to get hold of the device, they can use an unlocked version of the device. The N9 is expected to support both AT&T and T-Mobile, and it will also work with many carriers in Canada.

There may be some hope for consumers in the UK who want the N9, as Engadget are reporting that Expansys have the device up for pre-order. There is no shipping date or price but gives some hope for those who want to get hold of the device.

Recently executives from Nokia talked up the company’s belief in the N9 following the suspected lack of interest in it. They claim Nokia will support the device for years and will release several software updates. But as the number of countries the handset will be getting an official launch dwindles; it makes you think Nokia are putting all their eggs in one basket with Windows Phone 7 devices.

Many people feel the company would have been better off using Android instead of Windows Phone 7 to turn the company’s fortunes around. The decision to use the Windows OS may still prove a good one, but only time will tell.

Are you surprised by the amount of countries not officially getting the Nokia N9?