It seems some of the global mobile carriers in some parts of the world just can't let a great phone stay great. I'm referring to the Nokia N95 that has more bells and whistles than just about any mobile phone on the planet.
So just like Cingular disemboweled the Nokia E61 and gave the USA market the feature reduced (no WiFi, No SIP VOIP) E62, it seems some carriers in the UK, have been playing magician and are making the IP communications stack that makes VoIP calling possible over WiFi a tad invisible on the new Nokia N95.
More information can be found here. I'm not sure, but if there is a standard firmware version out there from Nokia, you can likely just reflash the phone, or if you want the benefits of VoIP, you can go out and buy an unlocked one and then just use your own SIM withut the hassles of a contract paid for phone.
For those people like me who use VoIP services on the Nokia N80-I and E61 from Truphone and GizmoProject, or for pals Luca who has set up Abbeynet or David Beckemeyer of PhoneGnome who has crafted his own settings on the N80-I the dual mode devices are a big deal and present a big opportunity for growth and options.
Given the flurry of WiFi cloud creation in London, first with the Thames being lit up with 802.11 access and now the City of London, I'd say there's something not quite cricket about this.
Side Note & Upfront disclosure: For the sake of transparency as always, my agency represents both Nokia on the NSeries blogger relations program and is now working with Truphone. I also personally have a longstanding relationship with David Beckemeyer of PhoneGnome and friendship with Michael Robertson of GizmoProject since his MP3.com era days so this is somewhat personal to me as I don't like to see creativity ever being stifled. Call it the having read the writings of Ayn Rand and being an Objectivist...or call it what you like, but I hate seeing attempts to stop great ideas from growing.