Nokia Tube – Better than iPhone?

This was a rumour back last year when O2 and Nokia were threatening to release this.

Now it appears that Nokia is getting ready to release its iPhone rival named “Tube” – This is nothing to do with the London Transport trial where your mobile blower can double up as an Oyster travel card!

The new handset, which is said to closely resemble Apple’s device including a touchy interface, was shown during a slideshow at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City, California.

Tom Libretto, vice president of Forum Nokia, believes that the company can compete for the iPhone’s marketshare – there’s no actual “street date” set for it as yet.

After being informed that Apple has sold more than 4 million units since the iPhone’s launch, Libretto smugly noted that, “We’ve done that [volume] since we’ve had dinner on Friday,” - granted he didn’t elaborate that it was 4 million low-end candybar handsets that had been shifted.  

Mossberg recently said publicly that the iPhone “will be 3G in 60 days,” which lines up nicely with Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference and when the phone’s App store goes live.

Let battle commence!!!