Nokia Responds to Batphone Allegations

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Remember the fancy cellphone in The Dark Knight? It was that touchscreen Nokia that Morgan Freeman was carrying around all like, "Look at me, I'm so cool, I'm Batman's boss as well as the narrator behind many popular films." Some people (OK, CrunchGear) think that it might be the Nokia Tube (we were too busy making "pew pew" noises in the seats to notice). Nokia, however, is denying it.

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In the summer blockbuster, The Dark Knight, a Nokia device is prominently featured. We worked closely with the producers of The Dark Knight to develop an appropriate device that would suit the technology-savvy character of Batman. The Nokia device used in the film is not a commercial product—at this point.

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So paraphrased, that reads "Yeah, we made the world's most awesome phone for the world's most awesome movie, wouldn't you be lucky to buy it?" So even if it's not the Tube, the phone certainly has that "might go on sale" ring to it. [CrunchGear]

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DISCUSSION

Personally, someone at Nokia should be fired for this one.

Dark Knight was not exactly put together in a rush. They put that prototype prop phone into the producer's hands at least 8 months ago, if not a year. And this was going to be a big film from the start. 8 months to a year is plenty of time to put a phone into production for a company with the resources of Nokia.

If they had any desire to compete in the touch phone market, this was the shot. They should of had an ad for the phone running before the film. It might not have made an iPhone killer, but it might have made an iPhone hype killer.