Huge nerds rejoice, Nokia has heard your cries of fandom and recognizes the profit potential of your vast, vast numbers. The ultra-nerdy new phone comes free when you buy a Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile or O2 contract. The Trekkie 5800 will come loaded with screen savers, three different wallpapers, and eight ring tones. There's also a phaser application, which I'm sure will soon be bugging the hell out of audiences across the country.
There's no news now about whether or not the new phone will be available to those already on contracts, or what it will cost to purchase outside of a contract. The Star Trek 5800 will be available on 1 May 2009.
This isn't the first time we've seen Nokia release a phone to coincide with a popular movie. Phones and other gadgets are fashion statements now as much as communications devices, and you can expect this trend to continue well into the future.
As technology gets cheaper, more ubiquitous and more disposable the business plans of companies like Nokia become even more profitable. Few folks keep their cell phones for more than a couple of years. Phones that cash in on popular sensations find eager buyers across the country, which will increase the popularity of the tactic.
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Personally, I'm looking forward to the new Terminator themed Roomba.