Now, Nokia is closing many of its online stores, although negative sales momentum is not the reason cited by the manufacturer. Sites in the U.K., Spain and France have been shuttered because Nokia wants to concentrate on selling to carriers instead of directly to end users of its phones. And by offering its handsets through mobile operators, buyers will be able to take advantage of the subsidies that carriers offer in order to lock you up with a contract. As a result, the move away from direct sales could be a boon to Nokia. The only question is if it too little, too late.