South Africa getting Nokia devices!

Yes, South Africa is a real place.

Many people are of the opinion that Nokia is Microsoft's trump card. The game changer. And it really is looking more and more likely that Nokia is going to give Windows Phone 7 the momentum it needs to get further than the hands of tech bloggers and developers.

We recently covered Nokias plans to take over the world, and now we have report of the Lumia 800 and 710 both launching in South Africa in Q1 2012 and just after that respectively. Yep, you heard that right. The same country that can't manage to tell the different between Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 (Vodacom's terrible advertising campaign for the Omnia 7 - not the one below). So why is this a big deal? Well, because up until now South Africa has only had three devices; the Samsung Omnia 7, the HTC Trophy and the HTC Mozart.

As a resident of South Africa I had actually almost given up hope for WP7 here when just recently one of the service providers sold the last of their Omnia 7 stock:

Photo of a pamphlet, sorry about the quality!

For reference R1699 is about $208.

Now I would take this with a slight pinch of salt as the actual source is not mentioned and upon reaching out to a local Microsoft Developer Evangelist I received the usual "we cannot confirm or deny this". If it is legit then presumably the fine details are still being ironed out, and hopefully South Africa will appear on Nokias domination map soon.

EDIT: We have received word that this came straight from Nokia, so you may remove said salt where necessary.

Source: MyBroadband


Reader comments

South Africa getting Nokia devices!


im really glad that ms is moving into so many different markets i hope everything goes well for them

If this is right I cannot express how happy I am. I have been watching the growth of WP7 since it was first released in 2010 and since thn I always wanted a WP7. First I wanted the original Focus but I soon found out that it was US only. One of my friends went to the US and I asked him to buy it for me there but He couldn´t, he actually used the money to buy a Motorola tablet with Android on it... Lol. I thn realised that the Omnia 7 was in SA through Vodacom so I planned on buying it but it was a bit expensive and I didn´t have the money (Im a student). The HTC alternative was not even an option (coz of the price).All this time I just continued watching WP news and saw the announcement of the Lumia series (I have a N97 mini, so I already feel at home). I know I cannot afford the L800 but Im sure I can afford the L710 (if they do not drastically increase the price). I will watch this space very carefully until they release it here and I promise you, I WILL BUY THE NOKIA LUMIA 710 :)

And yet still no word on Australia, one of the biggest technology markets in the world, other than the 800 appearing on a website?