Coming... soon.. to a store near you"
Vaporware has always been well known in the software industry, but © SNi 02/10/2002
there are a significant number of hardware gadgets that either never
appear, or eventually appear months or years after first announced. A
few gadgets that I have been waiting for that are taking their time to
available in Europe for quite some time, and in fact accounted for approximately 10% of European handheld units sold in 2001. However, a separate US model is necessary due to the different frequency used for GSM in the United States (1900 MHz) than in Europe and the rest of the world (900 & 1800 MHz). The 9290 was announced in July of 2001, but has still not appeared. The Nokia web site says availability will be "in the first half of 2002". Having seen and handled a 9210 in Geneva, Switzerland in August of last year waiting is not easy. This is especially so since my cell phone died this january, leaving me with a SIM chip lonely for a home! Paying for cellular service when you don't have a phone is annoying, but it seems to be impossible to find out when the 9290 will appear.
Vaporware has always been well known in the software industry, but
© SNi 02/10/2002