Nokia N81 8GB music phone ships… for £300

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Nokia has announced that its Nokia N81 8GB mobile is now shipping, alongside the slightly runtier N81 (and really, if you’re going to buy a top-spec music phone, you want the 8GB version…).

The N81 8GB has an unsubsidised price of 430 Euros (about £300). Normally, I’d ignore that, given that operators generally slash a huge chunk of that price for contract users. However, the N81 has been controversially missed out of some operators’ Christmas handset lineups, meaning that for some networks, you’ll have to pay the unsubsidised price to get one.

The new N81s will work with the new Nokia Music Store (the source of that controversy with the operators), and will also have three preloaded demos of new N-Gage games – FIFA 07, Asphalt 3: Street Rules, and Space Impact Light – in advance of the launch of Nokia’s new N-Gage games service next month.

Nokia website

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Stuart Dredge