Orange drops N97 Mini

N97 Mini

Orange customers hoping to get their hands on Nokia's N97 Mini handset will be both disappointed and empty handed as the mobile giant has withdrawn the handset from sale.

Some reports have suggested that the slimmed down N97 suffered from a high volume of returns due to faults, but this has not been confirmed by Orange or handset maker Nokia.

"We can confirm that Orange UK will no longer continue to range the N97 Mini as part of its existing handset portfolio," Orange claimed in a statement obtained by Mobile News.

It added: "We remain committed to supporting the device for existing customers and look forward to working with Nokia in the future."

The handset was officially announced back in September last year, following a build up of rumours.

"It's meant for those that define status by Facebook," Nokia's vice president of markets, Annsi Vanjoki, said at the time.

"It's meant for the people who spend most of their day saying 'I am something' or 'What are you doing?' It's designed for the digitally minded community."

Click here for our review of the N97 Mini.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.