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Nokia ship 1M units of XpessMusic

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Nokia has shipped a million units of its 5800 handset, as it ramps its bid to take on Apple’s all-conquering devices.

The phone officially launched on Friday on Regent Street where Nokia has a flagship branch just minutes away from Apple’s own expansive retail space.

According to Nokia, 150 mobile phone enthusiasts were waiting outside for the doors to open on the day to ensure they were among the first to own the 5800 Xpress Music

The 5800 Xpress Music represents Nokia’s first foray into the realm of touchscreen operated phones.

Jo Harlow, vice president at the Finnish mobile phone giant, said: "The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been received very positively and this milestone is further proof that people all over the world want a device that is not only a great music experience, but makes the most of touch-screen technology.”

Consumers wishing to buy the phone at present must visit Nokia’s stores at Heathrow Terminal Five or Regent Street. However, the handset will be available from a range of online retailers and networks in the next few months.

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