Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 05:39 UTC
Microsoft Ever since Stephen Elop became CEO of Nokia we knew this outcome was inevitable. It was his job to make it as easy as possible for Microsoft to acquire the vital parts of Nokia, and here we are: Microsoft is acquiring Nokia's devices unit for 3.79 billion euro, and another 1.65 billion euro for its patents. It's a bit of a complicated deal in that Microsoft buys the Asha feature phone brand and Lumia smartphone brand outright, but will only license the Nokia name for current Nokia products; the Nokia brand will remain under the control of Nokia the company. This means Nokia as a phone brand is effectively dead.

In addition, Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft. I'm sure entirely coincidentally, Ballmer announced recently that he's stepping down.

All this was as inevitable as the tides rolling in. Nokia has been going downhill and has stagnated ever since the announcement it would bank its future on Windows Phone. It went from being the largest smartphone manufacturer to an also-ran, which is made painfully clear by the fact that Microsoft paid more for Skype than it does for Nokia's devices unit.

A painful end for a once-great phone brand. This was the plan all along, and in essence, Nokia's board has executed it masterfully; the Finnish company has switched core markets several times in its long, long history (it started out as a paper company), and the unprofitable phone business was a huge liability for the company, despite claims by some that Nokia was doing just fine. Nokia's board has masterfully gotten rid of this money pit so it can focus on the parts that are profitable.

And, as always, the next Lumia will turn it all around.

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The Nexus 4 is heavily subsidized by Google, so its not comparable. The device is sold at a loss. Its around $600 when not sold directly by Google. Try again.

The Nexus 4 doesn't sell for anywhere near $600 here in Sweden. And we usually pay a bit more than the US price. Cheapest I could find was $422.

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Actually a "cheap phone" would be the Galaxy Precedent or LG Optimus Q, both run Android 2.3, both have 512Mb of RAM and about the same in ROM (but to be fair both come with MicroSD cards included) and both go for around $50 USD without any contracts.

So I really don't see how anybody could be arguing for dumbphones when you can already get Android units that cheap, in fact if $50 USD is too rich for your blood they have refurbs of the above for $20 USD delivered.

The scary part? Those phones...really aren't bad, they run quite nice actually. I remember when all you could get at that price was an Android 1.4 that would freeze often and was crash prone but after a buddy got the Precedent as a "throw around" phone and loved it I decided to say "what the hell" when my contract ran out and try the LG slider and...I like it, like it a lot in fact. It loads fast, gets decent battery life, takes good pictures, all in all its a really comfortable phone.

Sure I'm not gonna be playing 3D shooters on the thing but I don't game on my phone and everything else, GPS, media playing, heck even Youtube streaming, all those work fine. I was only gonna use this one for a month or two and then move up but now I think I'll probably stick with it for awhile, its really just a nice comfortable phone.

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