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Nokia pipes in the Tube’s UK arrival

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The Helsinki handset manufacture has just brought joy to the UK, by announcing the 5800 will be on sale in Blighty in just two weeks.

Coming to the Nokia Regent Street store and curiously their Heathrow Terminal 5 shop will be the phone on January the 23rd at 10am. For the princely sum of £249, SIM free.

The online store will have it too, with pre-ordering already opened. This is despite their website currently showing it will be available from February, don’t believe everything you read *cough*

A week later on the 30th, the mobile will also be available on the networks: Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile UK, Virgin Mobile. With other stockists such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U retailing them as well.

Just showing that Nokia can stand on their own two feet from time to time, without the need to launch a phone with the backing of a mighty network – as it’ll be initially launched unlocked.

At the end of November we brought you news the Nokia 5800 had already begun shipping, only not to the UK. At that point it had just started its delivery run to far flung places such as Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As we were told the first batch had the styluses housed inside the mobile, as it’s so vital and needs to be ever present for the character input in those countries. In the UK and possibly elsewhere in this run, the stylus has just been included within the box.

Just to refresh your memory, the 5800 XpressMusic is bundled with 8GB of memory and can cope with 6,000 tracks, with most of the common digital music formats supported. It has a 3.2-inch touch screen display boasting 640 x 360 pixels, with a 3.2 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera lens.

No word as yet if this Comes With Music, nor can we find any notes surrounding if it does or if there’s a precedence already been set elsewhere in the world.

Either way it’s a good little handset and goes someway to counter Sony Ericsson’s Walkman brand of phones, which we’re sure is what Nokia is going for here.

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