Letter to Nokia customers says deal with Microsoft will close this month
Microsoft is starting up a new division to house the Nokia assets it has acquired, called Microsoft Mobile. By creating a totally new division, Microsoft keeps open the possibility that it could spin off the business down the road. Nokia will continue to run HERE maps, and will hold on to personal information related to that business.
As we pointed out Wednesday, there probably will be one revision to the deal, as the Chennai factory in India might not be released by the Indian government in time for it to be included among the Nokia assets going to Redmond. The Indian government claims that Nokia owes it for back taxes related to the sale of Lumia phones in the country. Nokia recently offered early retirement for the 8000 workers who have been unable to work at the factory. As far as the deal goes, Nokia might have to accept $1 billion less than the $7.2 billion it was to receive from Microsoft, to make up for the Chennai factory. Microsoft was expected to use the factory in the production of Lumia phones.
You can read the letter sent to Nokia customers, below.
We want to share important information about the privacy of your data and contracts.
Currently Nokia expects to complete the sale of their businesses Devices & Services to Microsoft in April 2014 . With the completion of this transaction, a Finnish subsidiary of Microsoft * take responsibility for your personal and contractual relationships for products and services with this business .Microsoft feels a deep responsibility for their privacy and protection of personal data, and continue to collect and use your personal information in the same ways and for the same reasons as Nokia, so you should not experience differences as a result of the sale.
Also, keep in mind that Nokia will continue to conduct their business, including the products and services HERE locations, which are not part of the acquisition of Microsoft. Nokia will continue to be responsible for your personal data and the contractual relationship regarding these products and services from Nokia. Nokia remains committed to the highest standards for protecting your privacy and personal data standards.
We wanted to notify you of these changes. Our commitment to your privacy remains paramount. For more information about the privacy policies and terms of service of Microsoft and Nokia, click here. You can also contact us at: Microsoft Mobile Oy, c / o Privacy, Keilaranta 7 02150 Espoo, Finland and Nokia Corporation, c / o Privacy, Keilalahdentie 4 02150 Espoo, Finland.
vice president, director of compliance and ethics
* Upon completion of this sale, the division of Nokia devices and services form part of the financial institution Microsoft Mobile, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
source: WindowsPhoneApps (translated) via WMPoweruser
1. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Aww... come on now, this deal was closed with the move of Stephen Elop. The rest has just been dotting i's and crossing t's.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If the quoted letter is what was actually sent, I would be suspecting a phishing attempt, what with the bad grammar and missing words.
12. Ashoaib (Posts: 1212; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Lets see how microsoft will perform in mobile phones... end of nokia is not a happy ending... motorolla was sold in double of nokia when google purchased it... bye bye nokia, I will forget you soon :p
18. Ashoaib (Posts: 1212; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Nokia has taken awrong step by building a plant outside china... they built a plant to gain indian market share which is back firing now... the company which is bleeding money should have thought about it, currently china is the only country which has better environment for cheap manufacturing
9. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
It really ended because of Discontinuing of symbian OS. Stephen Elop was the trojan horse set by Microsoft.
19. dorian827 (Posts: 123; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Lumia is great and getting greater. I love my Windows Phone better than any other android I had and I only have the Lumia 520. Im using the LG G2 asside it both daily use.
The Lumia 930 or 1520 is ideal next phone for me.
21. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
" I only have the Lumia 520. Im using the LG G2 asside it both daily use. "
Ah-ha!! Exactly what i have been saying:
"People who say WP is good are either users of the cheap Lumia 520 or use some other OS mobile along with Windows Phone, which ameliorates the actual Windows Phone experience."
22. dorian827 (Posts: 123; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Most users on Windows Phone use a variety of handsets from the Lumia series. I chose the affordable Lumia 520 to "try" the new OS experience.
Why spend hundreds of dollars for a failed experience? So therefore before your panties get in a bunch consider this.
I had all of the primary OS within 5 years iOS, Android, Blackberry and now Windows Phone.
I use my Lumia 520 full time for calls, text, emails, etc. Iove the phone even the affordable version. I'm certain the higher end will provide a better experience once I get one. I use my girlfriend's LG G2 for a few apps.
Now that I confirmed I love the Windows Phone OS I will further invest as a consumer.
23. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"I had all of the primary OS within 5 years iOS, Android, Blackberry and now Windows Phone."
Except BlackBerry, i too have used all and i found WP to be the most constrained and boring of them all.
"I use my Lumia 520 full time for calls, text, emails, etc. Iove the phone even the affordable version."
Actually, you love it maybe because it is Affordable. This OS does NOT belong on high end devices, with its limitations and flaws.
MS knows it, which is why it wants Nokia's hardware. Just look at the 520, its a beautiful hardware at an amazing price.
24. dorian827 (Posts: 123; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
How is Windows Phone 8 restrictive? Because there is no ROMS, Cracks and Rooting? Its a developing OS, time is only an essence to make it more accessible and open to newer opportunities and experiences. Cant think with tunnel vision or a biased aspect.
Windows Phone 8 like any other mobile platform only grows and expands as market share increases and consumers propagate them brand or manufacturer.
People often forget Windows was the 'only' PDA and smartphone on the market once upon a time alongside Blackberry, Symbian and Palm.
I love it because of the price and how it performs, functions and its features. The Windows Phone OS has come a long way since 7 and thats where I left off. Im fully aware the Lumia 520 is the affordable phone. But... I plan on purchasing the Lumia 1520 or 930 which is similar to the high end Android flagships in specs.
1. For Android:
Why pay $700 for the latest flagship LG, HTC, Samsung, etc with similar to identical specs to a Nexus ?
2. For Windows Phone
Why pay lots of money period for a Brand that offers affordable devices with great and similar moderate to extreme specs and features?
26. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"How is Windows Phone 8 restrictive?"
Looks like you too tried doing things on WP. For one, try set ... no, you could be a Microsoft employee. I'll wait for the public release of WP8.1.
"Its a developing OS, time is only an essence"
What? Its been 4 years and there have been hardly any improvements.
"Windows Phone 8 like any other mobile platform only grows"
It won't until the WP fanbs stop praising for what it is not.
"1. For Android:
Why pay $700 for the latest flagship LG, HTC, Samsung, etc with similar to identical specs to a Nexus ?
2. For Windows Phone
Why pay lots of money period for a Brand that offers affordable devices with great and similar moderate to extreme specs and features?"
Read again. Both those points/questions are almost same.
27. dorian827 (Posts: 123; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
I tried and accomplished some things and few wasn't possible on the Windows Phone Platform.
As a developing OS the Windows Phone has had many improvements from 7, 7.8, 8 and now 8.1. Only will grow and develop more great experience and capabilities.
Windows Phone will grow, as a consumer I only praise they have accomplished and what they propose to accomplish by setting their brands goals. What Windows Phone is not is the traditional OS like Android and iOS users are using. Icons, Apps, Widgets and Overpriced Phones.
You are right similar questions without any answer from you.
What OS are you currently using?
28. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"As a developing OS the Windows Phone has had many improvements from 7, 7.8, 8 and now 8.1"
7, 7.8, 8 are almost literally the same, save for the introduction of resizable tiles on 7.8.
"Only will grow and develop more great experience and capabilities."
At the current rate of update rollout, they will take another 4 years to see any viable improvements.
"You are right similar questions without any answer from you."
My answer: then get a Nexus, if you don't find a reason tho get others.
Likewise, since low end Windows Phone and high end are almost identical, get the low priced version.
"What OS are you currently using?"
WP8.1. I was using a WP7.5 device before. Got fed up of it and jumped to Symbian. Then, i came back, determined to get another Nokia device, to WP expecting that they would have improved (believed the lies of the WP fanboys). I was completely appalled/disappointed to find there were hardly any improvements over 7.8.
29. dorian827 (Posts: 123; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Now from Windows 7 to 8.1 thats the only thing you say they improved is nonsense, but ill leave that alone.
Are you expecting anything from Windows Phone 8.1?
Nexus will always prevail, thats the only Android I would buy. Pure Google experience for an affordable rate with current outstanding specs.
As a Windows Phone user you've surprised me. You have no hope for the new Windows Phone update(s) ?
Im anxious to see the consumer 8.1 build. I think it will exceed its current capabilities and provide a better experience. Im just getting back aboard with Windows Phone from Android.
30. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"Now from Windows 7 to 8.1 thats the only thing you say they improved is nonsense, but ill leave that alone. "
I've been with WP for a long time, so i can say if they have improved or not.
"Are you expecting anything from Windows Phone 8.1?"
I do. I want to see if Microsoft is capabe of providing it.
"You have no hope for the new Windows Phone update(s) ?"
After using 8.1, I have lost hope for the Windows Phone design team. There are several areas where design feels amateurish. I won't say which ones until the consumer build (and also because its hard to type all).
5. ScottSchneider (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
WTF is Microsoft Mobile... I thought they are going to keep it as Nokia... o_0
13. brrunopt (Posts: 396; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
Who could they do that ? Nokia will still exist
the agreemnet is only to allow the use of the "Nokia" brand on dumbphones... the smartphones will keep beeing Lumia too
6. Johnnokia (Posts: 464; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Hopefully Nokia would come back with a new strategy by the end of 2015. When they could be able to produce phones branded with ''Nokia ... Connecting People''
8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1690; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Future looks bright for Nokia & Microsoft. :D
10. Liveitup (Posts: 868; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Saying the era ended because of Lumia is simply incorrect, Lumia saved it, Nokia was gaining market share again with WP besides Nokia employees are employed by MS doing their jobs with better collaboration but hey haters will hate.
15. tasior (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Nokia has been loosing marketshare, since around 2009... And it's stopping just about right now. The era didn't end because of lumia, but because of ditching everything nokia has created, and commiting to immature system. thanks to that Nokia lost it's market share many times faster than blackberry did...
25. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Elop and the board accelerated Nokia's D&S department's decline and fire sale.
Interested to see how well the Lumia line does without the Nokia name on it, or lack thereof...
14. papss (unregistered)
Its always the same group of fandroids commenting.. Surprised nexus didn't jump in..
I'm excited to see where this goes, I have hopes that m$ continues forward and breaks up the duopoly
17. AfterShock (Posts: 2102; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Irony on all three sides of the camps.
The new veiled bs line is that someone owns both our all three, so they've a right to call out companies.
I think if you've a opinion, state it, save the bs lies of ownership and say it as you see it.
Let the war games continue in the mean time.
20. dorian827 (Posts: 123; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
I fully agree, facts shows Microsoft and Windows Phone is excelling. I switched from Android to Windows Phone recent I have no regrets jumped aboard right on time. Windows Phone 8.1 will be phenomenal.