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After a long morning at Cupertino on Tuesday, I spent much of the afternoon taping The GigaOM Show for this week. We invited Blake Krikorian, CEO and co-founder of Sling Media, to come on and talk about all things newteevee. The conversation was lively, but what […]

After a long morning at Cupertino on Tuesday, I spent much of the afternoon taping The GigaOM Show for this week. We invited Blake Krikorian, CEO and co-founder of Sling Media, to come on and talk about all things newteevee.

The conversation was lively, but what was most interesting was that Blake walked in with a Nokia N95 and started showing off the streams off his cable box. I was surprised because my N95 can barely stream audio on the herky-jerky EDGE. And here I was watching smooth video with perfect audio.

It was an early trial unit with the ability to support the U.S. flavor of 3G (HSPDA-High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), according to Blake. A few calls to well-placed sources after the taping confirmed that Nokia (NOK) has plans to release the U.S.-optimized N95 this September. That would be a good catalyst for U.S. sales for N95, because this is a device that shines on 3G networks. I took it along on a trip recently and found it quite useful.

N95 has been a monster seller for Nokia. Nokia’s chief strategist and chief technology officer, Tero Ojanperä, told me that it was one of the top sellers in the UK even with a $750 price tag.

As for the show, you’ll have to wait ’til Thursday. As per your suggestions, the show is available via iTunes in both small and large screen formats.

* Previous Sling Media Stories on GigaOM
* Previous stories on Nokia N95 and my review of N95.

  1. [...] to the post at GigaOm, the Nokia N95 with U.S. flavor of 3G is coming soon! Blake Krikorian, CEO and co-founder of Sling [...]

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  2. Interesting to see Nokia n95 competing with iPhone. See the comparison chart of these phones here Compare iPhone vs Nokia N95

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  3. GigaOm On the Next Generation of N95’s in The USA

    GigaOm has a scoop about what may be new in the N95 with HSDPA added….

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  4. um. yeah baby! I need to get me some of that! I like my N95, but would throw it out to get US 3G on a new one…

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  5. Dang, if they fixed battery issues and 8GB or higher micoSD cards can be had at a good price, this will be my new phone.

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  6. Awesome!
    (and there’s a typo: HSPDA->HSDPA at least you got the acronym expansion right)

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  7. [...] to Om Malik, there is already someone out there with a Nokia N95 with US 3G. In simpler words, the new Nokia N95 will now have even faster data connection in the United [...]

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  8. Who cares, it still baffles me why no carrier will pickup this phone in the US.

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  9. Definitely would be popular with the anti-iPhone crowd. And it would be only the third GSM handset with GPS offered by a U.S. carrier:
    http://www.thegpsinsider.com/2007/08/09/coming-to-america-nokia-n95-with-3g/

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