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Nokia and Microsoft heads rumored to meet in Las Vegas to discuss the smartphone unit buyout

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Nokia and Microsoft heads rumored to meet in Las Vegas to discuss the smartphone unit buyout
The ever-restless Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who has been often at odds with Nokia, ever since he leaked and commented some not very flattering things about a non-final Nokia N8, now has another bombshell claim.

He tweeted recently that Steve Ballmer and Windows Phone's Andy Lees will be meeting in Las Vegas (we guess around the CES brouhaha, but it is not specified) with Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop and Kai Oistamo, to discuss the acquisition of Nokia's smartphone unit by Microsoft. The following tweets say that after the deal is closed some time in 2012, Stephen Elop will swoop back to MS, and Risto Siilasmaa will be named chairman of the board - a rumor we already heard yesterday.

Nokia and Microsoft heads rumored to meet in Las Vegas to discuss the smartphone unit buyout
As a separate unit, Nokia's smartphone business is the third largest in the world after Samsung and Apple, as of Q3, and works with much better profit margins than the rest of the company's endeavors, so Microsoft will score big here, provided that the rumor holds water. We'd assume that Microsoft wants only the people and departments that work on Windows Phone, rather than the Symbian crowd and handsets, but it's all speculation at this point.

Moreover, it is expected to grow bigger with the introduction of the Nokia Windows Phones 2012 crop. Microsoft and Nokia were said yesterday to introduce a $200 million marketing campaign in the US, the biggest effort Nokia has ever undertaken, and for cooperating on this kind of money you have to be pretty confident in your partner, or even consider it a future part of your company, if the cards play as Murtazin leaked. 

He was right about the Nokia Windows Phones announcement last year, and now says that the smartphone unit deal has been in the making for a few months, so unless he only hopes to pump and dump some Nokia shares, CES might be even more interesting than everyone expected.

source: EldarMurtazin (Twitter)

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posted on 05 Jan 2012, 05:33

1. hetero (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


rest in peace nokia....once the pride and joy of tech savvy neckbeard

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:16 1

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Not sure if this true anyway

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 07:30

3. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


let's hope it is not.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:26

4. ryq24 (Posts: 439; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


if it is true, how the once mighty have fallen and fallen fast and hard. hope in the end it will be good for nokia overall.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 11:37 1

5. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


first, everyone knows that Eldar guy is angry and hates Nokia, especially when they sued him sometime back, so i would take whatever he says with a lorry of salt

second, if, and only if this was true, Finns will be really angry!

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 03:35

9. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


You're right we're angry :D though this hasn't been in any of our news so I'm still hoping it isn't true.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 14:45

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Elop the Trojan strikes again.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 18:47

7. 7thspaceman (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


this would be a strange move but if Microsoft only gets the Nokia smart phone division minus the Symbian tech then Nokia will still be AROUND it will sell it's non smart phones and it's old Symbian smart phones and could even star selling android smart phones since Microsoft is going to rename the smart phone Division it buys from Nokia. wow Nokia is not dead yet it could go Android or sell Meego smart phones made for them by an outside overseas contractor what do you folks think?

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 00:18

8. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Is the smartphone division going to be renamed by microsoft.

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