Unfortunately, my father fell for the scam. An IMEI check on www.numberingplans.com determined the phone is actually a Nokia 3410.
It had me fooled for months because it is exactly the same in use as the real thing. PLEASE DO NOT BUY FROM EBAY OR THE MARKET FOR PHONES.
Go to this link to get a bit more info on checking your IMEI # to see if it's a valid #.
WATCH OUT FOR FAKE 8800 ARTE from Ebay. They are chinese knockoff. When plugged into computer, you don't see "Nokia PC suite". Instead you get "Webcam, Comport, Mass Storage". These Phone look and feel LIKE THE REAL ONE, probably took the body right out of a really ARTE. They are claimed to be made in FINLAND but ARTE are ONLY made in KOREA. There may be serial numbers on the back of the phone but those are fake. To be sure, ask for the IMEI #. If the number looks like some pattern # like 1357902468...they're fake... even if the serial # is legit, it was taken from another phone. Someone local sold me a broken one for cheap and I found out the hard way but I didn't waste too much money so I'll be find. I hope you guys won't fall for this. Always buy stuff on EBAY with credit card and if it's fake, CHARGE back your credit card to cancel the order. If you have more questions about this FAKE phone, reply here and I'll give more info. Remember that this phone is as real as it can it. You won't know it until it's too late. All the Interface is made to look the same. All the apps exist but DOESN'T WORK. Opera mini don't run. Widset don't run. Unit converter run but limited feature. When plugged into computer, you get a "MT6227" device looking for drivers. Google this driver and you CHINESE phone. sORry for the long rant but hope this help those interest in buying them. Also, this phone has INTERNAL memory, NO MEMORY CARD. Ask sellers to see the back on the phone "without" the battery. If it's real, you won't see a memory card, if it's fake, you'll see a memory slot right above the sim slot. Hope this help some of you out there looking to buy this phone.
my arte will not allow video ringtones.. anyone no why???? help its really annoying!!!!
well at last
I found the Information in another website
"Obviously, the phone is made of exquisite materials (precious stones) and again, the popular scratch resistant glass which reduces smudges on metal and glass."
though It hasn't not explained which Gemstones are used ...
Nokia 8800 Arte
They Call it as a Luxury Phone...
But I couldn't Find any Luxury in it....
if any Precious Metal Like Gold or Platinum ...
or any Precious Gemstone like Diamond or Sapphire or Ruby etc are Used to Decorate this Phone then only this High Price is Justified.
but in this Phone which Metal is Used in its Covers?
Nokia 8800 Arte
Only 2 inch screen size with such a ordinary Resolution (240*320 pixels)
No Memory Card Slot,
No WLAN , NO FM Radio, No GPS
Only 1000MaH Battery
And Price more than 1000US $
It's for People who are just avarage users...who wants only the Basic Fucntions from a Phone ..in this Modern Hight-Tech Age...
bought this phone after i got tired of my sirocco. the looks and feel of this phone is superb. less fingerprint magnet compared to the sirocco. larger screen and better OS as well. my only complain is that it collects dust underneath the screen, which i need to bring to nokia care for cleaning every now and then :( i got the black one since its more elegant and manly compared to the sapphire, carbon and gold edition. for those who are planning to buy this phone, so long as you have extra cash to spare...go ahead and pamper yourself with this luxurious gadget :) and this phone is surely a head-turner
finally a 8800 phone that works on 3 network ..
will get this definetly as price s gone down
hi there ppl i have used the whole 8800 series from the 1st 8800 2 sirecco 2 all the 88 series that they offered at the moment i have 8800 sapphire n carbon arte both of them r really cool so ppl if u want to go 4 style statement go 4 88 arte series or if u want a set with programes like computer n low budget go 4 that plastic craps
and yes..the camera is rubish,the phone is way to heavy,it hangs..sometimes...but i just love this phone for his looks ,style...it's all about style :)
dear jack , the country where is made it doesn't matter..it's not a hand made phone/it's simply assembled.
8800 arte is phone with style....by the way Vertu is a subsidiary for Nokia (nokia owns them) /that's the luxury division ,a terminal price can be over 10.000 euro.
hmm.. i would lyk to noe which Nokia 8800 shud i go for. Shud i go for dis Nokia 8800 arte or Nokia 8800 carbon arte. For my own opinion, dis phone iz reli classy and stylish. juz tat e battery life and oso e memory size iz too small for me. i wish for sum help! PLS ANY1?!