Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:30 UTC
Microsoft

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"
CapEnt
Member since:
2005-12-18

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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RE[4]: Feature phones
by Nico57 on Sat 26th Apr 2014 23:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Feature phones"
Nico57 Member since:
2006-12-18

My experience with personal and work phones is pretty different.

If I need a longer battery for my phone, that would be for personal use, not for work use. At work, I can plug it every morning on my computer. When I'm on vacation and traveling, that's another story...

I terminated my personal phone contract many years ago. Carrying 2 phones was twice the care/pain for the same benefit. Of course I have a stable job, and my company has a very liberal phone usage policy (none), and I'm virtually the only person who gets to monitor our phones' use, so I get none of the drawbacks of using a work phone for personal use.

Also my work and only phone is a better phone (SGS3) than I would probably have wished/bought for myself (or at least it's been ever since it's been running CM).

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RE[5]: Feature phones
by CapEnt on Sun 27th Apr 2014 00:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Feature phones"
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2005-12-18

There is one great drawback, IMO: it blurry the line between personal and professional lives.

I turn off my work phone soon as my journey finishes, unless i really need (that means, ordered to keep) it on (and paid for it, preferable).

And with smartphones this is made even worse, with tons of work mails and needless work related IMs bombarding you in your dinner time with family.

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