29th September 2010, Nokia N8's online booking portal goes online in India. Customers can now book the phone online providing their phone number and email address. They will have to select the city of residence depending on which the customer can select the nearest Nokia Priority Center. After having booked online, they will receive a call from the NPC where they have booked the phone. They need to visit the NPC and make a payment of 2000 INR to complete the booking process. Prebook Now
I happened to book the phone online for the same NPC where i had booked the phone over the counter. After you complete the booking process online you see an option to chat with on online operator whom you can ask your queries. I found this a sheer waste of resources by Nokia because for every question i asked the NokiaLMS Operator, i got a dumb answer -
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info: You are now chatting with 'NokiaLMS'NokiaLMS: Hello, Welcome to Nokia N8 online support. My name is Mukarram. How may I help you today?Anunay Kumar: Hi I have just booked a Nokia N8 online and i wish to know when will it be available.Anunay Kumar: I mean what is the delivery date, even if you can tell me a tentative date.NokiaLMS: I apologize for the inconvinience, however Nokia Priority Partner shall confirm the updated release date.Anunay Kumar: ok.Anunay Kumar: Also, is there any introductory offer if i prebook.NokiaLMS: s there anything else I can help you with?Anunay Kumar: Last time i got a senheisser headset when i prebooked a Nokia 5800.Anunay Kumar: So, with N8 is there any introductory offer?NokiaLMS: Nokia Stereo Headset WH-701Anunay Kumar: Oh ok. Thanks alot.NokiaLMS: Is there anything else I can help you with?
I asked the operator if there is any additional accessory given if i prebook the phone. I asked this question because Nokia gave Sennheiser headsets last time for prebooking customers with Nokia 5800. The operator told me about "Nokia Stereo Headset WH-701" which is a standard accessory with N8. Further, they did not even have any information about the release date.