|Nokia's N76 |
The N76 is the second ultrathin phone introduced by Nokia in recent weeks and begins to deliver on a promise from handset chief Kai Oistamo late last year that in 2007, "there will be thinness throughout all form factors and all price points." Nokia expects to have -- don't call it a phone -- the multimedia computer available in the first quarter of this year. The expected price is around $500 before service contract incentives and rebates. Analysts say the phone, which is a global systems for mobile, or GSM, variety, will be available first in Europe and later in the U.S., most likely through T-Mobile, the U.S. arm of Deutsche Telekom ( DT), or Cingular, the wireless unit of AT&T ( T). With Razr's decline and little traction with Motorola's successors like Krzr, the year ahead looks to be shaping up as a
popularity contest between Nokia and the imminent iPod phone from Apple ( AAPL).