Mobile phone network O2 has pulled back the release of Nokia's classy new 7210 'fashion phone', citing problems with the version of the software it has been testing.
In an email which has been passed to The Register O2 says: "We have identified problems with the current version of the handset (software release 3.09) which has restricted further testing from being completed. For this reason, we cannot approve the current release of software for this product."
A Nokia spokesman confirmed one problem with the phone, an issue with larger pictures sent from a 7650 to a 7210, but says this is being fixed in a new software build due out tomorrow. The other ones identified by O2, he said, were quite possibly O2 network problems.
According to O2:
"1) The device will often soft reset when the user is deleting a text message
2) The device will often hang, with no audible or vibrating alert to inform the user of an incoming call
3) The device will intermittently lose network coverage after a cell change
4) The device will show coverage but the user will be unable to make or receive a call
5) Issues with MMS"
The 7210 is already on sale from several outlets in the UK, including Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse. Oddly, although what looks like it might have been a handy Nokia guide to troubleshooting common problems with the 7210 apparently existed once, for some mysterious reason the current version of the page doesn't mention it, or where you might find it now.
And while we're doing silly links, for those of you wondering if it's possible to find a picture of the 7210 on the Nokia site where some attractive young model doesn't get in the way, the answer is no, definitely not. ®