In a less than grand opening, Nokia on Tuesday launched its Ovi Store,an online portal where users can download applications for smart phonessimilar to recent efforts from Apple and Research in Motion. Exceptthat for a while there, you couldn’t actually, you know, get into it.

“Shortly after launching …. we began experiencing extraordinarilyhigh spikes of traffic that resulted in some performance issues,” Nokiasaid in a statement. Curse that Web traffic! No one said being popularwas easy, although, technically, given that the store is brand new,anything would have constituted an extraordinarily hike spike.

Unfortunately, those who were turned away by the technical glitchesmay not come back. “Most first reviews of the service were negative,and a popular technology blog TechCrunch called the store ‘a complete disaster,’”Reuters reported. Still, we’re not writing off the Ovi Store just yet.Give it a try, but just don’t be disappointed if the performance issuesmean you don’t complete your purchase. Or, in other words, shop ’tilyou’re dropped.

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