Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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Of course they will find this out AFTER they own the device. Like I said, consumers are ill-informed.

And they will remember who did that to them. Consumers - especially the target-group of teenagers who while having limited money spend lots of them on such status-symbols - learn and will not repeat the mistake by buying the next generation Lumia running WinPhone8.

I doubt that this will lead to 'the demise of windows phone' gloom and doom BS. This upgrade path fiasco is not the fatal blow that some think it is.

Lots of those who bought an outdated (and hence overpriced) Lumia with WP7 will not buy a Lumia with WP8. That hits foremost Nokia and Microsoft only indirect.

Did the lack of general upgrade-ability kill android?

First newer Android applications do run on older Android versions. Most of the applications you find in google play DO WORK on Android 2.2 and newer. That means those 80% which STILL USE Android 2.2 or newer do not have outdated, unsupported phones.

Second even when lots of the vendors do not offer updates to the newest shiny Android ICS 3th party projects do and it takes no nerd to flash such an image yourself or find someone who does for you. But then, as I wrote and as statistics show, a huge majority still is on Android 2.2 or newer. They do not need to upgrade since the target-group is large enough that software-vendors make there applications compatible with Android 2.2 or newer. Heck, there are even still devices sold which come with Android 2.3!

All that is not the case with WP7 vs WP8.

[/q]Phone hardware is really only 'current' for one to three months. "Designed obsolescence" is what it's called. [/q]

YOU maybe upgrade your phones every 1-3 months. The clear majority does not. They upgrade only each 2 years what is usually the period a telco-contract bundled with a phone runs.

Remember that most Lumia where sold with a AT&T contract and the contract is 2 years. Now those who signed the contract will find out 1-3 months later that there shiny new phone is already outdated and unsupported. AT&T will not provide support for the WP7 ecosystem (they only sell services)[1], Microsoft will not support the WP7 ecosystem (they concentrate on WP8). Leaving Nokia alone with its limited access to WP7, its cash-problems and it's desire to bring out a new WP8 based Lumia more sooner then later in the hope everything changes. Under that conditions I doubt Nokia will put lot of efforts into maintaining support for its already outdated and failed WP7 Lumia series.

The customer is left with a phone that has no support. Cause of the 2% marketshare also nobody will bother. Neither to make there WP8 apps compatible with WP7 nor writing articles, tutorials, producing artwork or provide support in case of questions or problems.

While now the situation is that you, as Lumia owner, will have a hard time to find other WP7 users soon it will be near to impossible cause people upgrade to other devices. A spiral-effect obsoleting Lumia even faster and increasing the frustration for those who are stuck in that situation (means all who sold products from Nokia).

Consumers remember and they have choice.

[1] But even for AT&T the situation is not good cause THERE customers are unhappy with what AT&T/Nokia/Microsoft sold them. That is exactly the reason multiple telco's like the T-Online now canceled there plan to offer Lumia's. They need happy customers so the customers stay even once the contract finished. That is of huge value. That is the problem AT&T, Nokia and Microsoft have now: Unhappy customers. Its most worse for Nokia cause its there only product. AT&T also offers Android, Microsoft has other partners but Nokia does not offer any alternate.

Edited 2012-07-04 11:54 UTC

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