Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2012 11:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This rumour is not new, nor is it particularly earth-shattering. However, with Windows Phone 7 failing to make a dent in the market place, and Nokia's Lumia 800 not making huge waves either, the rumour's been taken out of the shed again: Microsoft is supposedly acquiring Nokia's smartphone division later this year. Stephen Elop will resign from Nokia shortly afterwards.
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Fond Memories
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:10 UTC
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

It's quite sad. I owned and loved an N770 and N800, and still love my N900 despite its relatively low-end processor and resistive screen. And I still get comments in meetings when I flip out the kickstand. It runs many of my desktop apps, for crying out loud - and well, too! And even though T-Mobile never sold them, their tech support actually helped me solve the one problem I had (I somehow managed to turn off 3G).

I really wanted an N9, especially given the rave reviews, but of course Nokia won't sell me one.

I'll miss Nokia as a smartphone vendor. Maybe the upcoming Canonical announcement at CES will give me reason to hope for another worthy mobile device.

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RE: Fond Memories
by Johann Chua on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:23 in reply to "Fond Memories"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Why can't you get an N9?

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RE[2]: Fond Memories
by moondevil on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:30 in reply to "RE: Fond Memories"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

It is only sold in a few selected countries. Plus it is bloody expensive.

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RE[2]: Fond Memories
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:48 in reply to "RE: Fond Memories"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I live in the USA, and Nokia only sells the N9 in select overseas markets to avoid cannibalizing sales of their WinP7 phones, which are also not available in the USA yet.

Such is what passes for logic at Elop's Nokia... *sigh*

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RE: Fond Memories
by taschenorakel on Thu 5th Jan 2012 12:50 in reply to "Fond Memories"
taschenorakel Member since:
2005-07-06

I really wanted an N9, especially given the rave reviews, but of course Nokia won't sell me one.

Amazon will happily sell you one.

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RE[2]: Fond Memories
by JAlexoid on Thu 5th Jan 2012 14:37 in reply to "RE: Fond Memories"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

They decided that they will not ship them to countries that are not on the approved list. But there are a lot of liberal resellers that will ship it out of a country that have them in stock.

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RE: Fond Memories
by zima on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:02 in reply to "Fond Memories"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

...
I'll miss Nokia as a smartphone vendor. ...

Maybe it wouldn't be so bad. I mean, it brings us back into "what is a smartphone, anyway?" question - and remember how a) Nokia reshuffled its divisions quite a few (too many...) times in the past few years b) Symbian was "outsourced" c) people behind N9 Meego were presumably moved to work on "Meltemi" (a post-S40 OS for "feature phones" or so the rumour goes), since it supposedly is an evolution of N9 Meego of sorts d) even present S40 "feature phones" are more of a "smartphone" than, say, iPhone in its first year, if you try to apply any resemblance of rigorous definition.

So perhaps MS would basically "just" get what is designated as the smartphone division now ...and hopefully without grabbing the rights to that nice industrial design of N9.

At worst - yeah, Nokia should survive after another reinventing of itself, and I'm sure there were people lamenting the demise of their PC displays, or computers of the 80s (thankfully, the tires and rubber footwear are still around, even if under slightly different name ;) )

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RE[2]: Fond Memories
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:10 in reply to "RE: Fond Memories"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

That would be delightful. Don't let the door hit Elop's rump on his way out. :-D

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RE: Fond Memories
by shmerl on Thu 5th Jan 2012 19:22 in reply to "Fond Memories"
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2010-06-08