Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Aug 2011 17:07 UTC, submitted by glarepate
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The beleaguered handset maker Nokia is setting itself up for what it hopes will be a lean and mean relaunch in the U.S. later this year: it has finally admitted that it will not launch its newest N9 device--the first and possibly only one based on the MeeGo platform--and that it plans to end sales of its Symbian-based devices as well as low-end Series 40 handsets, as it prepares for a generation of devices it is developing using Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform.
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Can't afford a smartphone?
by 3rdalbum on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:10 UTC
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I find it odd how people are saying "Not everyone can afford a smartphone".

Here in Australia, both Telstra and Optus sell a rebadged Huawei Android phone for $99.

Some of Nokia's dumbphones sell for more than that.

The $99 smartphone isn't very good, but it is a smartphone.

Nokia has never been very good strategy-wise - their product range is confusingly large; it seems like they are trying to release phones with as many different combinations of features as possible. The Symbian product line could have been streamlined down to a couple of models for business and budget consumer, the dumbphones streamlined down to maybe two low-end ones, no more feature phones, and then put most of the development resources into flashy smartphones.

Meego is a great OS from what I can see, and some of the features that were in the pipeline seemed pretty awesome.

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