Letter to Nokia customers says deal with Microsoft will close this month

Letter to Nokia customers says deal with Microsoft will close this month
Nokia customers have received a letter from Nokia and Microsoft, concerning the ownership of their data. The letter mentions that the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division will close sometime this month. Microsoft says that it promises to collect information only for the same reasons that Nokia did, and also said that it would safely guard the personal data that is being turned over to it by Finnish based Nokia.

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.


source: WindowsPhoneApps (translated) via WMPoweruser

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30 Comments

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 3285; Member since: Nov 15, 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

2. rkoforever90

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

end of an era

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The era continues with the Lumia line.

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Actually, it ended because of Lumia.

9. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

It really ended because of Discontinuing of symbian OS. Stephen Elop was the trojan horse set by Microsoft.

19. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

@alterecho 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

WTF is Microsoft Mobile... I thought they are going to keep it as Nokia... o_0

13. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 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: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Future looks bright for Nokia & Microsoft. :D

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

After 2015,at least for one of them.

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Duck the haters and love WP! :)

15. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

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