Nokia’s free music sales are catchy

Nokia’s free music access model is set to hit the world – with a catch.

The United Kingdom will be the guinea-pig for the launch of Nokia’s new offer, titled “Comes With Music”, where users can purchase a phone with access to free music for a year.

But here’s the catch – to get access to the service, users will have to buy a phone that’s more than a year old.

The Register have reported that to take advantage of Nokia’s offer, users have to buy the “Comes With Music” edition of the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Phone. There’s nothing different about the new edition, but if you don’t buy it you can’t jump on board, even if you already own the same model, released last year.

That said, the offer is still an interesting deal. “Comes With Music” gives users access to an unlimited library of songs, free for one year, and you can keep anything you download after your access runs out.

The service is currently supported by three major record companies: Sony BMG, Universal and the Warner Music Group have all provided tracks to Nokia’s library of music.

There’s no word on when the service will reach other countries; it’s expected that Nokia are using the UK to test the waters. Details like an official release date aren’t out yet, but Nokia are expected to make an announcement next month.

Source: Register Hardware

Additional Reporting: Reuters