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Nokia opens Ovi online app store

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has opened its Ovi Store, aiming to rival Apple in the mobile applications business.

The portal is now available globally to around 50 million customers with billing carried out by the network operator – although those in the US will have to wait for this until later this year. The countries covered initially are Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.

“Ovi Store is open for business and we’ve stocked the shelves with both local and global content for a broad range of Nokia devices,” said Tero Ojanperä, Executive Vice President of Nokia Services.
 
In available countries, customers can update their devices with the Ovi Store mobile application by selecting the Ovi Store icon in the Download! folder on their device. The mobile client is available in English, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.

Globally, credit card billing is available through the mobile application and the mobile website. Additional countries, languages, devices and features will be added throughout the year, says Nokia. AT&T plans to make Ovi Store available to its customers with operator billing in the United States later this summer. 

Customers can visit http://store.ovi.com through their Nokia device browser.