By Evan Blass | January 22, 2011 7:49 AM
In yet another blow to Nokia’s hopes of gaining a foothold in the US smartphone market, T-Mobile has canceled plans to release the Nokia Nuron 2 — known internationally as the C5-03 — according to someone close to the situation. This is the second Nokia device to lose a place on US carrier shelves in the past week, following the X7 Journey, although that model was reportedly pulled by Nokia itself because the Finnish brand didn’t anticipate an acceptable level of marketing and subsidies from AT&T. These aborted launches could be considered especially troublesome in light of the fact that Nokia only manufactures GSM handsets, meaning that neither Sprint nor Verizon can be considered likely partners in the near future — however that could change as the latter provider transitions more fully to its LTE network.
Training on the 3.2-inch, Symbian-powered Nuron 2 was scheduled to begin next Tuesday the 25th, with a launch set for February 4th. It would have stepped up the specs of the original Nuron (a rebranded Nokia 5235 Comes With Music) in nearly every category, from processor speed to screen resolution to camera sensor. It’s not immediately clear why T-Mobile decided to axe this model so close to its debut, especially since the original Nuron is said to have sold well — we suspect that a lukewarm reception to news of an X7 launch on AT&T may have weighed into Magenta’s decision, though.