Nokia and AT&T jointly announced today the 2010 Calling All Innovators. It’s a contest with $10 million (USD) in cash and prizes up for grabs for developers to create new applications and games for the new Nokia N8 and future Nokia devices for consumers in the U.S. and Canada. If that’s not a clear sign that the Nokia N8 or something similar is heading to AT&T, it gets clearer in the contest rules.
Eagle-eyed Matt Miller found some interesting stuff in the contest rules. Under the Winner Determination header,
Nokia will release a new device (“New Device”) in the United States which is compatible with Apps developed for the N8, in early 2011 (“Release Date”).
Under the Prizes header,
Approximate retail value (“ARV’) for each New Symbian^3 Device $400 USD / $418 CAD
Out of the four devices in the Symbian^3 family, the Nokia C6-01 fits the bill. The Nokia N8 is worth $549 according to the Nokia USA online shop, so we can exclude that. The Nokia C7 has a launch price of 335 Euros (approximately $446), so that can’t be it either. The Nokia E7 is even more expensive, so we can exclude it too. The Nokia C6-01′s launch price is 260 Euros which is equivalent to $346 USD. Nokia listed the Nokia N8 with a higher USD price than its EURO equivalent, so I’ll assume they’ll do the same to the Nokia C6-01, making it close to the $400 retail value of the contest prize.
AT&T will be part of the judges and will also speak at Nokia Developer Day in San Francisco this October.
So there you have it. All these hints point to the Nokia C6-01 heading to AT&T. Let’s just hope AT&T doesn’t mess it up too much with bloatware. If you haven’t read it yet, I also suggest reading All About Symbian’s article on why this device will be Nokia’s secret weapon.