By Stephen Schenck | March 15, 2011 3:52 PM
After rumors last week pegged Nokia’s C7 for a T-Mobile release under the code name “Tiger”, the FCC published C7 documents reinforcing that rumor. Now TmoNews has come across a screenshot from an internal T-Mobile inventory system that once again ties the Nokia smartphone to the carrier.
This time there’s no mention of “Tiger”, but that may change; this appears to be a recent introduction to T-Mobile’s system, as there’s not yet even a price listed. Interestingly, it appears to have taken on the name Astound, leading to more confusion over the phone’s true identity; could this be the name it’s released under? The inventory computer lists the phone as having a “frost metal facade”, but what we’ve seen in renders looks like a standard glossy black, so we may be looking forward to several variations on this model.
The C7 is part of Nokia’s dwindling lineup of Symbian^3 smartphones, destined to go the way of the dodo as the company replaces them with Windows Phone 7 devices over the course of the next two years. It’s going to be tricky to sell customers looking for a new smartphone on a dying OS, but the C7 does pack an 8-megapixel camera and a bright AMOLED screen, though they may not be enough to sway the minds of consumers. A free-with-service offer could go a long way to alleviating that; what do you say, T-Mobile?