Nokia: We Have a "Contingency Plan" if Windows Phone Fails
July 2, 2012 8:50 AM
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Could Nokia flip-flop to Android?
After the announcement of
10,000 global job cuts
sent shares of Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj.'s (
) stock into a deeper tailspin, the executive ranks were rustled and a new chairman -- Risto Siilasmaa -- was installed.
, a Finnish news site, the new chairman said that Symbian is, for all intents and purposes dead. He
, "Symbian’s market share has come down close to zero."
That makes it all the stranger that Nokia is launching one of its most high end handsets --
with the now effectively end-of-life Symbian Belle
Nokia, which has seen
distinctive Lumia 900 LTE handset
, is hopeful that Microsoft Corp.'s (
Windows Phone 8
wil further drive its receovery. Mr. Siilasmaa says he expects the new OS to be a hit.
But in a surprising comment, he also remarked that Nokia had a "contingency plan" should his company's Windows Phone offerings flop. That admission comes despite partner Microsoft
to prop up the embattled phonemaker.
Customizable tiles in Windows Phone 8
The big question is what that "contingency plan" is. Seemingly the only possibility would be to jump onboard the Android ship. But with Nokia's weak U.S. market penetration the big question is whether that option is even feasible.
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RE: Good for them:
7/2/2012 4:02:08 PM
That’s because Win 7 phones stink. I'm not sure you can say the same about Win 8 phones. I'm thinking these will be my next phone once my BB is up for replacement.
And MS in many ways has the best eco-system of them all. They obviously have Windows. A new XBox due out next year. Home servers (which I think they are dropping the ball on), tablets, and great media centers. I use them all, and it's a great experience. I can watch any movie or view photos in any room of my house.
And next year, I'll be able to pull out my Slate OR Win8 phone, and go over photos with my family on the couch, or watch home videos. Or fire up the Xbox 720 and surf the internet on my TV while using use the Win 8 phone to navigate and scroll pages.
Nobody else has that.
Microsoft just needs an i-Tunes to make it easy for the average joe to pay their hard earned money for content they could get for free if they knew better. ;)
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