Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:30 UTC

Microsoft announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team.

Nokia's mobile era has now officially come to an end. One day, books will be written about the rise and fall of one of the greatest mobile technology companies of all time - one that played an instrumental role in the development and spread of the mobile phone, and the one company that put a phone in every corner of the world, in every person's hands - whether they were rich or poor. This is a sad day.

On a positive (?) note, Stephen Elop has stated that Microsoft will continue to support Asha and Nokia X, but only time will tell what "support" exactly means.

And we are committed to continuing our support for feature phones, the Asha family, and the Nokia X family of devices, announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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Feature phones
by WorknMan on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:58 UTC
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Do they even make real feature phones anymore? Before I got my first smartphone in 2010, I remember looking for a feature phone... one with a monochrome screen that would be easily readable in sun light, great battery life, bangin' reception, and maybe the ability to SMS. Just something simple and solid.

But even back then, it seemed like it was hard to find anything without a web browser and a bunch of other crap I didn't need in a feature phone. Still would like to have one as a backup.

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