Malaysia: Nokia launching the Lumia 710 and 800 today
If you're in Malaysia, you best get your spare cash together as today you can finally purchase the Nokia Lumia 710 or 800 (see our earlier coverage). At about 5:30 pm local time, Nokia's big push into that market will finally begin and the first 100 buyers of the Lumia 800 will get a pair of Nokia Purity HD Stereo headset by Monster, Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and an "exclusive Nokia premium worth up to RM 1,000". Not too shabby!
Though they have a few hours before all of this happens, people are already lining up. The last count was about 80 people with 5 or so hours before the purchases can be made--not huge but that's not bad either.
The blog Smashpop.net is covering as it happens, adding new photos as the day goes on so make sure to keep up. You can also follow them on Twitter for live updates @smashpop.
To all of Malaysia...congrats! (I've always wanted to say that)
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Hope it launches today alongside the Lumia twins or its gonna hit the headlines.
But yeah I do hope that they do launch it today as the units are already selling and Marketplace access is a must.
Sad that these are the only 2nd gen WP7 phones here though. Not even the Radar is on sale with any carrier. No Titan. No Samsung Focus/Focus Flash/Focus S either.
These are the kinds of countries which Nokia/Microsoft really needs to push the marketing.
I remember getting my Mozart and after a few weeks they said it was no longer on sale - thus no WP7 device on that carrier until now.
Btw, SoyaCincau should cover the release as well.
AFAIK, if Marketplace is launched it should be here. And you can change the region settings in the phone but I doub't that its not launched yet. How is one gonna add their card details if the site isn't launched yet?
You have to make sure your windows live ID is set to Malaysia (once set when you make account it's permanent) and you have to reset (hard reset through settings) and then set it to Malaysia to be able to access the Malaysian Marketplace.
Is it crowded?