Nokia is not to offer operators the chance to customise the forthcoming N900 internet tablet phone with their own UI or services, the Finnish manufacturer has revealed to Reuters.

A move which may make the phone less attractive to operators who prefer to add their own customisation to devices, it would elevate the Maemo-toting N900 to iPhone levels in terms of manufacturer control.

"Very clearly Apple, Android ... are a whole lot less about providing customization to the operators and a whole lot more about providing a really cool, compelling value proposition to the end-consumer", David Rivas, Nokia's vice president for devices R&D, told Reuters.

"We have an opportunity, that we are going to take advantage of, with Maemo platform to play the game a little bit more along those lines than with Symbian lines", said Rivas.