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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Dumb or Feature Phones
by shotsman on Sat 26th Apr 2014 05:35 UTC
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There are still a good number of companies/gov depts around the world that won't let visitors bring a phone with a camera past the security goons.
A dumb phone is the solution here.

In my case it is the otherway round from a previous poster. My company gives me an iPhone so that I can use email etc on the move. Yes I know many android models will do just as well but it is the company policy ok!

My own phone is a Dumb Phone. An aged Nokia 6310i. I have another Nokia to use when that dies. After that? Well I won't care because I'll be retired and can choose a device that suits my needs then.

I do get a kick when my grandkids realize my phone does not do Twitter, Facebook etc. It used to be 'get with it granddad'. Now the eldest isn't so sure about the merits of being able to do twitter etc after one of her friends killed herself over some frankly obscene comments posted on social media about her and a supposed relationship with a teacher.
Not all tech progress is a step forward in human terms.

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