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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Dumb or Feature Phones
by shotsman on Sat 26th Apr 2014 05:35 UTC
shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

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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RE: Dumb or Feature Phones
by calden on Sat 26th Apr 2014 06:10 in reply to "Dumb or Feature Phones"
calden Member since:
2012-02-02

Nokia released more intuitive products in the end than the last 5 years. I have the Nokia 2520 and 1020, the only two gadgets that I really only use right night. I have a MacBook, ChromeBook, Android tablet and a PC but my two Nokia's as so good that I have no need for anything else.

I used nothing but Nokia Communicators for the longest time. Even when the iPhone was released I stuck with a Communicator. The 9300 was such a fantastic phone that I felt it's missing presence for years even after I finally went with a Blackberry. Though my Motorola Droid was also a great phone, still waiting for a decent Clamshell to arise from the ashes of what once was.

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RE[2]: Dumb or Feature Phones
by nitrile on Sat 26th Apr 2014 12:13 in reply to "RE: Dumb or Feature Phones"
nitrile Member since:
2010-05-06

This shadows closely what I think. Plenty of people liked Nokia's hardware. I made a choice of two of their latest (I guess, last) myself - in spite of owning iOS/android because for me, in 2014 they're actually excellent. But for a long time they were unable to sell an excellent system, because of windows phone.

And it's only recently WP hasn't been a retrograde choice at the high end. I'd say Microsoft's too-slow progress claimed Nokia, rather than itself as it's greatest victim. For what reason they enslaved themselves to WP when it was not a realistic competitor is beyond my understanding because despite anything else, they couldn't compete except on price.

It's just sad that as soon as WP is becoming really interesting Nokia quit.

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