Nokia’s Ovi Store has gained another major carrier. AT&T has announced support for the Ovi Store on those Nokia smartphones that it currently sells, as well as for future devices. This makes it the first U.S. carrier to support Nokia’s on-device software store.
In addition to supporting these AT&T devices, the Ovi Store also extends to utilizing carrier billing — meaning that the purchase of an item will appear as a charge on the customer’s mobile bill rather than needing to use a credit/debt card immediately at purchase.
This announcement is the biggest Nokia is making at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is going on this week in Las Vegas.
More about the Ovi Store
The Ovi Store is a software marketplace where Nokia device owners can purchase applications, games, videos, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones, and podcasts. Devices can either use a web-based interface, or the Ovi Store app in order to view and download items.
Released in May 2009, the Ovi Store now provides applications and information for over 180 countries in over 30 languages. Unlocked and locked devices both have access to the Ovi Store (in supported regions).
Content providers and application developers should visit publish.ovi.com in order to learn more about how to get their content uploaded to the Ovi Store.
AT&T devices which can use the Ovi Store include the Nokia E71x, Surge, Mural, 6650, 6555 and 6350. Future devices will be added as they are released.
For more information, visit http://store.ovi.com from a PC or mobile web browser — supported Nokia devices will be prompted to download the Ovi Store application.
Users who have unlocked/unbranded Nokia devices, but are using an AT&T SIM card have access to the Ovi Store already, but do not have the carrier billing component.