A configuration change has fixed the 3G reception issues that plagued its iPhone rival, Nokia said Friday.


Nokia (NYSE: NOK) said it has fixed the 3G connection problem for the U.S. version of the 5800 XpressMusic, and the smartphone will be back in retail outlets soon.The touch-screen smartphone is a music-centric phone that’s seen as a rival to Apple’s iPhone 3G. The 5800 has sold more than 1 million units around the world since it was released in August, and Nokia expected it to sell well in the United States.

But when it was released in the U.S. market last week, some users reported multiple problems. Nokia said a “limited number” of smartphones had earpiece speakers that were not properly protected from moisture. This was a bit of a setback for the 5800 because it was being positioned as a strong multimedia player.  More…

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