Nokia reckons its new digital radio headset accessory is bringing DAB to mobile phones "for the first time". Not so fast, Finns! DAB was a key selling point of flop.back in 2006, although the handset turned out to be a bit of a flop. Oh, alright, a vast Gwyneth Paltrow in a fatsuit-size
Nokia clearly thinks we're more interested in hearing digital radio through our phones five years on, hence its new peripheral.
Buy a new Nokia N8 from the company's Online Shop, and you'll get the headset for free for a limited time. Don't fancy one or got an N8 already? The headset will cost you £45 from the same website.
Some 28 national digital stations and more than 50 local stations can't be sniffed at. DAB has its detractors -- while coverage is improving, there are still dodgy spots -- but its appearance in phone accessories is worth welcoming.
That said, its appearance in actual phones might be better. The Lobster certainly didn't inspire confidence that built-in DAB would have people signing up in droves.
If there is a demand for DAB in 2011 and beyond, however, we suspect it will be for phones with the receiver built in from the start, rather than relying on a headset.