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More on Nokia: 1) Stephen Elop suggests he wouldn't object to a Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone,...

More on Nokia: 1) Stephen Elop suggests he wouldn't object to a Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone, claiming one would be "a stimulant to the [Windows Phone] ecosystem." Elop has said he has "no indications" a Microsoft phone is one the way, but the rumor mill has been busy (I, II). 2) China Mobile (CHL), the world's biggest carrier, will sell a Lumia 920 variant starting in November. 3) WPCentral reports AT&T's (T) U.S. exclusive on the Lumia 920 will last for 6 months.
Comments (9)
  • Elop mentioning the Surface Phone again? I think this may be foreshadowing the existence of the phone.. not to mention the announcement of the phone... MSFT earnings are after hours... They may turn it into a product announcement.
    18 Oct 2012, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Listen to the Nokia conference call. He was responding to a specific question from an analyst. Don't make this a news story because it isn't. This quote taken out of context changes the logical interpretation of what Mr. Elop said. Furthermore MSFT isn't going to spend the money necessary to make their own phone until it is a hit in the marketplace. Why should they? They already have NOK, Samsung and HTC taking all the risk on the WP8.
    18 Oct 2012, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • Taken as written above "1) Stephen Elop suggests he wouldn't object to a Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone, claiming one would be "a stimulant to the [Windows Phone] ecosystem." "

     

    Would make me think forshadowing. I didn't listen to the call at the time and now have read through the conference. So yes, you are correct. It would be silly for MSFT to make a phone, though it still is plausible (just unlikely).
    19 Oct 2012, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • Um. Nokia can't compete if the platform vendor is selling a competing phone. The only way it could is if Nokia was also supplying the thing.

     

    Trying to compete against someone who owns the OS leaves you hobbled, no matter what agreements you have in place you don't get the access the guy sitting next to the development team gets.
    18 Oct 2012, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • Given that premise how are all the Android makers going to survive while competing with the Google phone?
    18 Oct 2012, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • I can't agree with this for a number of reasons.

     

    First of all, the rumors I've read about the Surface Phone is that it is a low-spec entry-level phone.

     

    Secondly, Nokia adds a lot of value with the custom applications they ship with their phone. Presumably, these Nokia applications would not be available on a Microsoft Surface-branded phone.

     

    Finally, Nokia has a world-wide reputation and brand appeal globally, much of it outside the United States. Microsoft's hardware brand is completely new.
    18 Oct 2012, 10:15 PM Reply Like
  • M$ can pull a Google like the Nexus and have Nokia produce the phone for them. Most likely M$ will buy out Nokia once they get done with their restructuring.
    18 Oct 2012, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • That's been my thought for months that Microsoft may purchase NOK in the long run once NOK are sorted and feel NSN is being restructured to be sold or spun off as a separate listed venture.
    18 Oct 2012, 07:01 PM Reply Like
  • I don't think Microsoft is eager to purchase Nokia, but they certainly won't let Nokia fall into the hands of a competitor if a competitive bidding situation happens. It would be interesting to see the Microsoft Hardware group and the Nokia design team come together though. Bringing NAVTEQ IP in-house to Microsoft would only strengthen their location offerings as well. I think they are still better off as separate companies in the current business climate though.
    18 Oct 2012, 10:17 PM Reply Like
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