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Stephen Elop: Windows Phone 8 handsets to be released "relatively near term"

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Stephen Elop: Windows Phone 8 handsets to be released
In a recent talk with Reuters, Nokia's Stephen Elop has promised that the first Windows Phone 8 handsets of the venerable company will come out "relatively near term". However, he didn't choose to reveal any specific release date.

Still, with Nokia World being scheduled for September 5-6, there are rumors that the Finnish phone maker may choose its own event to unveil its latest creation/s. The actual release is currently believed to happen sometime in October, although that's still unconfirmed.

Nokia, which has created probably the best Windows Phone devices to date, is still struggling to make its way back to profitability, as Microsoft's platform it still struggling itself. But that doesn't mean Nokia isn't confident in its strategy of choice:

"I don't think about rewinding the clock and thinking about competing elsewhere. In today's war ... (between) Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear, we are fighting that with the Windows phone."

Nokia is a great company, and the mobile industry can benefit immensely from it. We really hope that the Finns will come up with something extraordinary at Nokia World, which, by the way, is expected to happen right before the introduction of the next iPhone. September - what a fine month for mobile!

source: Reuters via WMPoweruser

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posted on 15 Aug 2012, 07:34 9

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


I don't trust this guy.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 08:37 7

3. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


The truth no 1 likes this guy, use to, and
still kinda Nokia fan, but he is,has taking
Nokia totally down. I just dont understand
why dont they kick him out! "WHY"....?

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 09:11 6

5. -box- (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Because like all presidents and most CEOs, he's a figurehead. He has plenty of decision power when the board presents something to him, but it's not him alone making decisions. Shareholders, board of directors, and other managers make decisions, and the president and/or CEO are just the public face of the company

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 09:14 5

6. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Mee too, look where was Nokia few years ago.. and look what's happening to them now.. ever since he came along :(

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 10:35 4

10. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


The truth.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 08:07 6

2. -box- (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Unsurprising vague answer. Perhaps with all the lawsuits Samsung is going through, and HTC's declining market share with Android, we'll see a bit more effort and focus on all Windows Phone devices

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 08:40 2

4. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


good for nothing useless, sold Vertu then
there few patents, all cause of him. What
is wrong with the board and public.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 09:42 3

7. -box- (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


They didn't sell all their patents (they have hundreds, if not thousands, and could exist solely on patent royalties if they wanted to, though it'd be a much different company) just a small number to an outside firm, with the option to buy them back if they wanted. Vertu would have absorbed a lot of R&D money updating the phones, as most if not all of them were running a skinned Series 40 OS, and don't have enough sales or huge profit margins to make it worthwhile for now. I think my biggest disappointment with Nokia is abadoning Symbian and MeeGo (and the other new one that was going to replace Series 40) to focus 100% on WP, which scared a lot of folk and created a void in their offerings. Symbian had some life in it (like the 808 PureView), and the N9/MeeGo was unnecessarily stillborn, and could have been a side tinkering project to introduce new ideas to WP and make them more Noka-esque, though I understand wanting to reduce R&D spending, and am glad they branched off that group to Jolla

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 10:38 2

11. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Why would Symbian users migrate to Wp, its restricted, unlike Symbian. I think they will go for Android?

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 09:56 2

8. kach22 (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Is this Elop still alive? Thought he died with Nokia. Couple of days ago I went to visit the Nokia store in my locality. I was shocked to see the store was removed and is replaced by the official Samsung store. It's sad to see Nokia, once the mobile phone king in my country, is dying silently.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 10:03 3

9. -box- (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


That is too bad. I hope that they can bring back the stores, and even have them elsewhere. I'd love to see Nokia stores, even if they were inside a Microsoft Store (which there should be more of) in the US

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 10:48 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, as I have become the unofficial apologist on Phone Arena for Nokia, I guess I need to post. (So long as everyone knows I disagree with discontinuing Symbian, particular without WP being established.)

We know Nokia has been gutted, and that Nokia is all about becoming a pure Hardware company. They want to grow into a Samsung-like dominate handset maker. They have hitched their wagon to WP, and got Microsoft to help finance their transformation. They were touting WP 8 devices in October of last year even BEFORE Nokia's 710 and 800 were released:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Wait-till-you-see-our-Windows-Phones-with-the-Apollo-update-touts-Nokia_id23303

So, this is it. This is the Apollo update. Both Microsoft and Nokia need to put up or shut up if they want to be a player in Mobile. I am betting on success, which means over 10% worldwide sales for WP 8 by the end of 2013 and into the 15%- 20% by 2014. (I wanted over 10% this year, but I also thought Apollo was going to be released by this time. WP 7 just couldn't compete.) Of those sales, Nokia needs to be 90% over WP competitors.

I am betting on success for both, and cheering for both. I respect taking big risks. You get nowhere in life if you do not wager a lot along the way. If you are going to fail, and most analyst agree Nokia's bloated company was headed for a fall if they had stayed the course, fail taking a risk and doing what you believe in. There is a huge upside if this works. If it doesn't, MS helped finance Nokia's transition, and Nokia can adopt another OS and move on as a leaner, more efficient company.

Probably with a new CEO.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 12:23 2

13. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


ATT is not your savior carrier, eflop!!!!!

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 14:15 1

14. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Nokia has stated in the past that they would be willing to make Lumia devices for ALL four national carriers in the US. Right now, only AT&T is really pushing Windows Phone because they offer the most devices. Verizon and Sprint only have one Windows Phone and T-Mobile has two, but they're mid-ranged at best.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:37

15. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


Sure buddy.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 21:46

16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think if they will do something that with pureview tech and go beyond what people will expect.. it might be the best windows phone of all...they have technology they just need to make it compatible..they have clearblack display that is still unbeatable, they have pureview that is the best camera tech to date... they will use qualcomm best chips to make it one of the beast...

but then again its all up to decisions!

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