Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 11:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Nokia has just posted its results for the fourth quarter of 2013 - this is the last set of quarterly results which include the devices division, which has been sold to Microsoft. The parts that remain at Nokia are doing relatively well, but the holiday quarter for Lumia was a letdown.

Exactly how much of a letdown we can't say, since Nokia has - curiously, but tellingly - stopped reporting Lumia sales (update: Nokia has confirmed it sold 8.2 million Lumias). However, they do state that Lumia sales in the fourth (holiday) quarter were down from the third quarter, but up from the year-ago quarter, meaning they sold anywhere between 4.4 and 8.8 million Lumias during the holiday quarter of 2013. Tweakers' Arnoud Wokke has done the math, and concludes Nokia sold between 7.55 and 7.98 million Lumias (update: Nokia has confirmed it sold 8.2 million Lumias). Average selling price dropped again, most likely due to the popularity of the low-end 520. This gives Nokia a smartphone market share of about 2-3%.

All in all, the devices division, with its crashing Asha sales and struggling Lumia sales, was a clear stone around Nokia's neck, kept somewhat afloat by cash injections from Microsoft. However, those injections apparently weren't enough, and by now, we can conclude that Microsoft was effectively forced to step in and buy Nokia's devices division - lest someone else do it.

With this being the last quarter in which Nokia reports on its devices division, an era has come to an end. Now it's up to Microsoft to try and see if they can make something out of the Lumia brand - however, without the Nokia name, that's going to be a very tough sell.

Just ask the Surface department.

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RE: Status symbol? Jealous
by nt_jerkface on Mon 27th Jan 2014 01:24 UTC in reply to "Status symbol? Jealous"
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2009-08-26

Oh please an iPhone stopped being a status symbol in the states years ago.


Yea that was over when every mom at the grocery store had one.

Half the US population has an Apple device.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-03-28/cnbc-surv...

Sorry but chalking off the ongoing success of the iPhone to vain hipsters and the wealthy no longer works. Most people I know who own an iPhone don't switch because they have no reason to. Their apps/music/movies are on the iPhone and switching would cost them far more in time than any initial savings. Android also still has some annoyances as seen by the lower satisfaction rates.

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