I am very interested in getting the Nokia N97 (on bill pay) and I am wondering when will it be available on Vodafone Ireland.
I have checked in a Vodafone store and they told me that it will be available in August, but when I e-mailed Vodafone Customer care on this site they told me that they have no information on the N97 in the upcoming phones for 3 months. The N97 is going to be released on the 26 of June this year, only 3 days from now (when I was posting).
Does anyone know the RIGHT release date here?
Vodafone Ireland releasing N97 Mini?
Does Vodafone know something we don’t? A forum posting by an official moderator told members that a pared-down Nokia N97 – the N97 Mini – was launching later this year.
Following a discussion by Vodafone forum members over what smartphones were on the cards for release this year, an official moderator known as EV said that Vodafone Ireland would not be getting the N97 (pictured), but instead is waiting for the mysterious N97 Mini.
“Vodafone Ireland will not be launching the N97 but will be launching the N97 Mini later this year. Due to the N97 Mini's competitive pricing, we feel that it will appeal to a wider segment of consumers,” he stated.
In the meantime, the post was removed by Vodafone with the statement: “Some information posted here yesterday has been removed. We are not in a position to discuss the N97 at this point. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will update you in due course.”
So, no confirmation but no denial of the N97 Mini. However, moderator EV also indicated that Vodafone Ireland would not be getting the Palm Pre in 2009 but that it would have the BlackBerry Storm 2 later this year. These comments were also removed.
By Marie Boran
Exactly why it's a touchy subject round here!
That info hit most of the major online and a couple of print outlets last week (it was even in the times!)
Old news now mind you.
He also blamed the sales of the N96 as another reason why they wouldn't be stocking the N97.
Apart from the delay, another reason it wouldn't have sold well was because it wasn't worth upgrading for. It was really just an N95 16GB.
We are talking about the N97 here - not the N96.
If Vodafone stopped branding their phones (which is what they do with every phone) and focused on actually having a GOOD customer service they will get much more money and more SATISFIED customers. Branding the phones also costs a lot and nobody really likes it so PLEASE Vodafone listen to me and you might just aswell be more successful.
I can't understand why all the feeling that its a touchy subject or why Vodafone won't confirm or deny whether they will be offering the N97 handset.
It is available from Vodafone UK as a free handset on a 45.00 per month plan, presumably they are happy it will work on the Vodafone network.
That makes no sense - every phone out there has mixed reviews.
So if VF Ireland can only pick one or two flagship phones i don't think the N97 should be one