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Jolla Mobile signs sales and distribution agreement with China's largest cell phone retail chain

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Jolla Mobile signs sales and distribution agreement with China's largest cell phone retail chain
Jolla Mobile, the company started by ex-Nokia employees and MeeGo devs is still in its early days, but it's working hard to establish its operations. Recently, the CEO of Jolla, Jussi Hurmola, announced that they are looking to unveil their very first phone later this year. Quite ambitious, we know. Anyways, the latest news this time is that the guys from Finland have now signed a sales and distribution agreement with China's largest cell phone retail chain, D.Phone.

Why should this matter? Well, it does look like a wise plan by Jussi and company: start selling MeeGo handsets in the huge and ever-expanding Chinese market, make some sweet money, attack the Western market. Now, having an agreement with D.Phone and its 2000 retail stores scattered around the People's Republic won't guarantee a success story for Jolla, since it'll still have to partner with carriers if it wants to be truly successful, but it's a strong start and shows those lads aren't wasting their time.

Interestingly, D.Phone Group founder and CEO, Donghai Lui, has mentioned the "fresh and unique user experience" of Jolla, when making a statement with regards to the deal. We should note here that the user interface that will be on Jolla's eventual handsets will be different from the one found on Nokia's N9, because that's what MeeGo is about - it's an underlying platform, the graphic interface of which can be fully re-imagined by the respective device manufacturer. So, our excitement can only grow when hearing such comments like the one made by D.Phone's CEO.

What would you like the Jolla MeeGo phone to look like?

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:09 6

1. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

hmmmm I know they are going for the big fish but please come to the states to. would really like to try meego

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:13 3

2. MeoCao (unregistered)

1st step is always the most difficult and it's logical when Jolla makes it in China where Nokia had strong presence. I guess it will be a low cost but well built handset. I also expect Jolla has several surprises in the interface department and Nokia map and Android apps are compatible.

Can't wait to see the design.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 10:58 1

7. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Can't wait but yet I still remember you were saying that there would be no more room for Jolla since Android has already matured..

Well, you see now that there is always a possibility?

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 11:32

9. MeoCao (unregistered)

I still see no room for Jolla as a big player, but I'm very curious what they will come up with that allows them to survive.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:22 4

3. vladd100 (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)

{Android apps are compatible}..that what makes a road to success

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:27 1

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

This is what i had in mind when they stated that they have plans on how to have apps. I think they will make android apps compatible with it. But what bothers me is how are they going to do it? Will they get some license/permission from google to use the playstore... seriously, the big question here is, HOW?

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:55 1

5. MeoCao (unregistered)

In China people do not buy apps, they just use apps and can download them easily from the web.

When Jolla comes to US I guess they can use Amazone app store.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 09:35

6. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

for sure not so amazing as N9 looks like

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 11:04 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Maybe Jolla will succeed where Nokia doesn't? Got to be a serious comeuppance for Nokia. I can just imagine the second-guessing that will be occurring.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 19:20

10. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

without a doubt Jolla would come up with something like N9 but above par to start with. We must all agree tha MEEGO is a beautiful platform to start with. Imagine developing it further would be just beyond our imagination.

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