Microsoft rumored to close feature phone business and sell the Nokia name to Foxconn; layoffs coming

According to a rumor out of China, after selling only 15 million feature phones during the first quarter of this year, Microsoft is closing the division and will license the Nokia name to contract manufacturer Foxconn. Under the terms of its acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services a deal which closed in 2014, Microsoft owns the rights to use the Nokia name for smartphones until 2024...
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49 Comments

41. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

The article is wrong, its feature phones that can be used until 2024 and not smartphone

6. Banky3W

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 29, 2016

Stephen FLOP is a beast! I see Nokia disappearing on the horizon. I really hate Microsoft too but I don't blame them. Business is business!

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But, but Apple is doomed!

44. iushnt

Posts: 3066; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Oouch you can't wait to hear some good post of Apple?

9. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The great Nokia is f**ked up.

12. pppddd

Posts: 19; Member since: May 11, 2015

Nokia hasn't been great for more than a decade now. If it was that good it wouldn' t have failed...

21. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

For a company that led the phone manufacturing business over 14 years, it is absolutely a legend. The problem was the distructive management. If you let the trojan horse Elop to guide a folck of lions, it would be definitely beaten by sheeps.

42. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Not just Elop. also the management before him was bad to Nokia. Just saying

14. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

I feel sorry for the employee's but thank god Microsoft finally realized they don't need lumia name when the surface brand stands as the best brand. Surface phone will be the best while nokia was just a stepping stone.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 6908; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft could have made an x86 smartphone at any point in time. However the problem comes with Microsoft's WP ecosystem. The problem lies with the actual apps, because developers compiled and optimized their apps to work on WP Arm hardware. The WP apps don't work on x86 hardware. That is why Microsoft can't make a Surface Phone until they get more apps. Why do you think Microsoft came up with a new way to make and run apps that is agnostic (similar to Androids VM). Microsoft's version is called Universal apps. Even Apple is doing a similar thing with their Swift language and runtime.

24. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Microsoft doesn't own Nokia brand name. Elop & Balmer together ruined Nokia. If Nokia had made timely switch to Android...

31. Djz89

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Probably the best they can do, mobile is not their turf, obvisly

32. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

I don't think it was a good decision, but Nokia had and has patents that are very useful for the mobile market.

34. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

There's no room for another smartphone OS. Instead of making another generic smartphone, they should create a pro-phone with capabilities of a Surface Pro.

37. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Microsoft always thought they were as popular than Apple,and buying Nokia would make them more popular,but windows was not right for Nokia,as Nokia phones were very popular using symbian as you could customize these phone,but Windows offered nothing like this and the Tiles on Windows make these phones very unpopular,hope Nokia comeback soon with Android

46. bm985

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Arg, We NEED Nokia back in the Game, sound like Microsoft is building a glass well to ensure Nokia has a hard time, once the agreement expires. Arggggg.

47. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

Ios and Microsoft are late. Android is the GOD.

52. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Lol, keep dreaming. You don't know anything At all.

54. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft's CEO Nadella is duty bound to keep Microsoft's profits as high as possible. therefore these RUMORS could be true. I predict that Microsoft will retire the Nokia "Lumia" brand of smart phones to be replaced by the "Surface" Brand in spring 2017 Microsoft will cut out all Lumia related jobs Manufacturing, sales department an ect. It will keep Nokia design engineers ect to work with MS Devices VP Mr Panos and his Surface Engineering team to make Windows smart phones. the Feature phone Business from Nokia came from the Purchase of NOKIA Phones assets Microsoft got but never really was into. Microsoft no Longer NEEDS the rights to use the Nokia brand name anymore since The Surface brand name will be what it will support for it's new smart phones.Microsoft will finally cut away from Nokia Lumia's and Nokia's brand name. it's on it's OWN NOW
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