Nokia's first Linux-based smartphone, the N900, has been put on pre-order in the United States for a price of $649, according to Nokia's U.S. website. The device could technically work on T-Mobile USA's network, but neither Nokia or T-Mobile have indicated that the device is destined for the carrier.
The $649 price is lower than the euro equivalent Nokia announced earlier this week. When it unveiled the device, Nokia said the N900 would cost around $712 (500 euros).
In a conference call with reporters earlier this week, Kai Oistamo, Nokia's executive vice president of devices, said both the N900 and Nokia's netbook, the Booklet 3G, would eventually come to the U.S. market, but he declined to discuss pricing, availability or whether the devices would be subsidized by wireless carriers.
Also earlier this week, Nokia spokesman Joseph Gallo said that Nokia had not made any other specific announcements about the N900 related to the frequency bands the device supports. "Regarding the Nokia N900, we have announced a tri-band WCDMA version that utilizes the 900/1700/2100 MHz networks," he said. "There have been no announcements regarding a version that supports the 850/1900/2100MHz bands."
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