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Nokia's (NOK -5.4%) Symbian sales have been decimated by Android, but its Asha feature phones...

Nokia's (NOK -5.4%) Symbian sales have been decimated by Android, but its Asha feature phones have been selling well in emerging markets, notes Tero Kuittinen. A combo of low price points, good built-in apps, and smartphone-like features has allowed the Asha line to slow down Android's march for now. SA's brnichols recently discussed the continued strength of feature phones sales in India.
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  • KIA Investment Research
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    I think a lot of people have no idea how powerful these "feature phones" really are:

     

    Check this out..
    ["Devices come out of the box with as many as 40 free Electronic Arts games (including strong franchises like Bejewelled, Need for Speed and Sim City), Facebook and Twitter apps, Google Talk, an improved browser, a fairly advanced email system, and more. Swipe gestures and a notification bar at the top of the display are more deliberate moves to trick the consumers into believing they are using a smartphone." http://bit.ly/NumS3G ]

     

    Also, as I mentioned elsewhere.. Android Handset manufacturers are having to pay royalties, no such thing for Nokia and it's S40 OS.. pure profit there!
    13 Aug 2012, 07:43 PM Reply Like
  • thurberdog
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    $APPL also pays $NOK for each iphone sold. The Asha line is a very nice bunch of phones, comes with the Nokia xpress browser build in. Xpress is a proxy browser that reduces data usage by a factor of up to 10. The proxy reduces data usage cost to end user. For the cost minded consumers that want low cost internet connections the Asha is best phone on the market hands down.
    14 Aug 2012, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Encouraging news on the emerging market picture, one that many analysts fail to understand, in my opinion.

     

    There are millions of potential customers in these emerging markets and these areas are not equipped to handle 3G, 4G, or eventually 5G smartphones. Infrastructure will take years to be up and running, thus the term "emerging markets."

     

    It would seem Nokia understands this.
    13 Aug 2012, 08:52 PM Reply Like
  • WhatdoIknow1
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    If you read the article that you go to by touching the blue selling well; down at the bottom in the comments section a guy from Nokia says some very interesting things about how they ( Asha line ) uses 85% less data because the pages you bring up are rendered in the cloud. How cool is that. Nokia's phones aren't just cheaper to purchase their also cheaper to operate.

     

    Long Nokia!! :-)
    13 Aug 2012, 09:39 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Nokia's Lumia sales should start to accelerate after Nokia starts shipping Windows Phone 8 devices which have no more n-core, screen resolution or other artificial limits found in WP7.5. Nokia devices will then range from Asha 100's at $50 all the way up to Lumia 1000s at $600 and up. It'll been exciting to have Lumia WP8 devices with NFC, MicroSD, Pureview and Windows 8 tablet and other PC compatibilities. I guess that means real Office apps for Windows Phones and full XBox gaming too.
    14 Aug 2012, 01:49 AM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    How many phones out there have a GPS system with Free Map Updates!? As far as I can see, only Nokia. So, pardon my French, but f*ck the rest. :-P
    14 Aug 2012, 03:25 AM Reply Like
  • css1971
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    Can someone tell me the difference between a featurephone and a smartphone? Cos I'm not seeing it. When I look at the Ashas I'm seeing way low cost smartphones. From the 311 spec list;

     

    1GHz CPU
    3G
    Touchscreen with haptic feedback
    Camera
    Swipe user interface
    Java
    Email
    Instant messaging
    Facebook
    Apps
    700 hours standby

     

    The list is way too long to continue. Frankly for the battery life alone I might be persuaded to ditch my "smartphone".
    14 Aug 2012, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Eehheh, good question, css1971.

     

    Also... what is it that makes an Android or IPhone a "smartphone"?
    Smart? Not according to my standards...
    As far as I can see, the so called "smarphones" are so dumb they can't even play a simple animated .gif. Ridiculous.
    14 Aug 2012, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Why does S&P keep downgrading Nokia debt?

     

    It might not be a bad idea to take a chance on the due 2019 bonds in case S&P has got it backwards.
    15 Aug 2012, 09:58 PM Reply Like
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