But, Nokia could not tell me when they were going to launch a dual-mode phone. They couldn't tell my colleague, Antone Gonsalves, either.
When Nokia brought the E61 to the U.S. last fall, the new phone didn't have Wi-Fi, rendering it less than optimal. While Nokia promises the future of seamless mobility, they still don't have a device in the U.S. that can live up to the promise.
Then I really pushed Nokia. I asked them what they planned to do to help the U.S. carriers embrace dual-mode access. Then came the smiles.
I personally hope that Nokia will soon announce a working dual-mode device for the U.S. I have been waiting for fixed-mobile convergence to become a reality for the last three years. But given how good the carriers are at delaying this -- and how little enthusiasm they seem to have for dual-mode access -- I don't think I'll bet on it.