Coming Soon, Nokia N95 with US 3G Support

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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 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.

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Jesse Kopelman

Matt, yes the US does use different frequencies than much of the rest of the world. Over the years GSM radios have advanced to support a very wide range of frequencies, so the same part can be used in phones regardless of market. This is not yet the case for UMTS radios.

Matt Gillard

I dont understand. I am in australia and my N95 uses HSDPA just fine. Does USA use diff 3G frequencies?

sergio

so can the ability to use 3G be enabled with a firmware update or do i have to buy a new n95?

Rex Dixon

Well my buddy thefloyd wrote a nice piece for me today – Why you should save your money and NOT buy an iPhone – which one reason of course is the 3G support (his #1 reason). The phone he is currently playing with (HTC Cavalier) seems really nice. N95 would be great here, but still a bit pricey.

http://rexduffdixon.com/?p=3003 – to read thefloyd’s breakdown/rant on the iPhone.

Rex

notpeter

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

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