New firmware updated 200.34.36 24-04-2008 RM-244 Nokia E51 (226.03)
I tried out the latest firmware to see if it's any better and although it seemed less of a problem, I still get the "Maximum number of connections in use. Close an active connection first" issue.
My friend and colleague Mark says he never sees this issue on T-Mobile, but I've had my Vodafone contract SIM for ages and used it in numerous Series 60 phones and never seen this error.
This phone still sucks.
Firmware 100.34.20 29-09-2007 RM-244 Nokia E51 (226.02)
Like the E71, I was really hopefully about this phone. However I have run into the same inexplicable "Maximum number of connections in use. Close an active connection first" issue that plagued the E71. Seems clear that Nokia had a regression of some sort in the OS in these phones, as earlier N95, E50, E61 etc. don't suffer from this problem.
Other people seem to be having the same "Maximum number of connections in use" problem.
Unfortunately this means that...
This phone sucks.