updated 10:05 am EDT, Fri September 8, 2006
Nokia E62 Debut
The restriction of the Motorola Q to CDMA networks has left few options for the many North American users looking for a similar GSM-based smartphone: BlackBerries and Treos are available but carry their own restrictions, especially for those who prefer the Symbian OS interface. North Americans now have a direct competitor to the Q in the form of the Nokia E62. Based on the E61 already available elsewhere, the E61 has a wide 320x240 screen, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot for extra data. It also supports "push" real-time e-mail from carriers that support it for non-BlackBerry devices. Surprisingly, the phone is available first on the continent in Canada, through Rogers Wireless; it had been largely expected that Cingular would be the first provider in North America to receive the E62. Its price is fairly affordable at $249 CDN ($224 US) with a three-year contract and $449 CDN ($404 US) with one year.