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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RE[3]: Feature phones
by CapEnt on Sat 26th Apr 2014 01:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Feature phones"
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See, i have two mobile phones: a personal, and one for work.

I'm fine with the idea of recharging my own phone every 9 hours, have a 5" heavy behemoth filling my pocket, full touch, all with these colorful indicator lights blinking all the time, a wonderful rear camera, a front camera...

But i'm not fine with the idea of doing such things with my work phone. For this, i just want a small as possible, discrete, with a battery that last for a week, physical keys with just numbers, rugged enough to survive being tossed on a wall, great signal reception and decent call quality.

Sometimes a phone that just make calls is the best option.

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