Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Oct 2013 23:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful articles you'll ever read about Nokia's demise. Five years ago, in 2008, a journalist wrote a letter to Nokia, on his own behalf, as a regular person (so not as a journalist). In it, he detailed how Nokia phones used to be easy to use by everyone. However, the Nokia E51 he was using now was a complete mess, insanely hard to use. He ended the letter with prescient words: "This will cause problems for Nokia".

The letter made its way to Nokia, and apparently caused waves inside the company, up to the highest levels. Company executives wanted to explain the company's strategy to him, and eventually, one executive even met up with him on a personal note. After first parroting the usual corporate speak, the executive eventually broke.

"I agree completely with everything that you wrote in your letter and what you have said now."

I was astounded.

"I completely agree with you and I want to apologise on behalf of Nokia for producing a bad telephone for you."

Then he started to tell about how a top-secret project had been launched at Nokia, in which a completely new operating system was being designed. It would result in new kinds of telephones. They would be easy to use and they would change everything.

I met the director again a few years later.

Then it turns out that he had been talking about the Meego. However, the project moved forward slowly, and finally the new CEO Stephen Elop shelved it completely.

This same Nokia executive took one of the many original iPhones Nokia bought home right after it was released.

As an experiment, he gave the telephone to his daughter, and she learned to use it immediately.

In the evening as the parents were going to bed, the drowsy four-year-old appeared at their bedroom door with a question: "Can I take that magic telephone and put it under my pillow tonight?"

That was the moment when the Nokia executive understood that his company was in trouble.

Heart-breaking.

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drcoldfoot
Member since:
2006-08-25

I believe Elop and the rest of the executive team should be arrested for the obvious scuttling of a company that had an obvious fighting chance in the mobile market. I believe this was a backroom deal from the minute that they announced that they scrapped Meego for WP. The only people that had a gain from this is Microsoft for the patent portfolio and indemnifications, and those few top execs.

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Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Not true. Nokia would face the same uphill battle...developing an ecosystem for a new OS...but they would have to do it alone without injections of cash from Microsoft. I just don't see why detractors are caught up in this business reality distortion field.

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drcoldfoot Member since:
2006-08-25

Dano,
There was another company that received cash injections from Microsoft to their doom. Remember SCO? The fact is, no company receives cash injections w/o paying a price in the longrun. That's business. SCO was a patsy for the patent wars, Nokia is the next chapter in the same, also, there's that HUGE patent deal in favor of Microsoft. Microsoft needed their patent portfolio in their battle with Google. Microsoft could care less if they sold phones on their OS. I bet they make more money from their shady patent licensing shakedowns than phone OS sales from OEMS.

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