Nokia may admit to handset defects

Nokia Australia seems to be close to admitting that its popular 8210 mobile phone has a design fault.

Nokia has consistently rejected ZDNet Australia's customers' complaints that the handset has been sold with display problems, but today a report from Associated Press states that the Finnish parent company has confirmed that a batch of handsets manufactured in late 2001 have display design faults, “triggered by cold weather and bright light”.

Nokia Australia is claiming that the statements only apply to the Nordic region but conceded that it would advise customers “should this situation change”. The alleged faults are currently under investigation by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. The department has received a large number of complaints but has declined to comment so far.