Nokia N8 going on general sale in Europe October 22nd, available online October 15th

Been waiting for the N8 but weren't sure enough about buying it to get into the pre-order queue? Well, Nokia must have found your lack of faith disturbing as it's now stiffing those who didn't pre-order its all-new handset with another couple of weeks of waiting. Those without Nokia logos tattooed on their lower backs will finally be able to purchase the N8 on October 15th -- but only via Nokia's own web store -- before a general release hits the UK and presumably most of the rest of Europe on October 22nd (slightly later than the promised October 1 landing date). The distribution is indeed wide, however, with all the major UK carriers, plus Tesco Mobile and Virgin Mobile, joining the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U in offering the phone that has "a black belt in entertainment." Yeah, Nokia, we're finding this wait really entertaining.

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London, October 6th - The much-anticipated Nokia N8, the must-have smartphone for the latest Ovi Store apps, will be available to purchase on the 22nd October from the Carphone Warehouse, O2, Orange, Phones4u, T-Mobile, Tesco Phone Shops, Three Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone .

The Nokia N8 smartphone will also be available online for immediate delivery at from the 15th October, for £429 SIM free or on contract from £30 per month.

The Nokia N8 will come packed with a range of brand new, exclusive content from the Ovi Store including BBC iPlayer, enabling catch up on the last seven days of BBC radio and television. Specifically designed for the Nokia N8 to make the most of the device's features, the app has the same functionality as the online version of BBC iPlayer.

The Nokia N8 offers amazing functionality and usability:

· New and exclusive Ovi apps including X Factor and LoveFilm
· 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash
· Record HD quality videos; edit using a unique, built-in editing suite and play-back with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound
· Connect to your social networks and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly, via up to three personalised home screens
· Flick scrolling and pinch-to-zoom, plus a faster and more responsive user interface.

Sami Lehtinen, Group Manager, Nokia UK, says, "The Nokia N8 is one of the most innovative phones of 2010, packed with market leading features, including the best picture and video capability available on a smartphone.

"The reaction to the Nokia N8 continues to be phenomenal and, after all the build up, it is great to be getting it into the hands of customers."