Nokia denies plans to re-enter the consumer smartphone market

Nokia denies plans to re-enter the consumer smartphone market
Nokia has just published a statement on its official company website claiming that it has "no intention to manufacture or sell consumer handsets". Furthermore, the company also deemed as false recent reports that quoted a Nokia executive as confirming the company's ambitions to manufacture smartphones out of an R&D facility in China. 

Earlier this week, a couple of reports suggested that Nokia is staging a comeback to the smartphone market. The initial report, published on Monday by Re/code, quoted sources familiar to Nokia's plans according to which the company is planning a return to the smartphone market in 2016. A few days later, a Chinese newspaper quoted Mike Wang, the President of Nokia China, communicating an intention to to manufacture smartphones in the Chinese city of Sichuan.

Nokia's recent statement doesn't specifically make any mention to plans of designing smartphones in the near future. The statement only mentions that the company has no plans to sell or manufacture consumer handsets, and this specificity leaves room for interpretation. Re/code originally reported that Nokia will licence smartphone designs to third party manufacturers, which is exactly what the company did with the Nokia N1 tablet, a device designed by Nokia, but manufactured and commercialized by Foxconn. 

Nokia is bound by its deal with Microsoft not to release any Nokia-branded smartphones until the third quarter of 2016. We're keeping an eye on the situation and we'll get back to you as soon as there's more to report.

source: Nokia

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56 Comments

1. ARSALAN123

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

now lets do sucide

15. gaming64 unregistered

You go first

28. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Phonearena, The contract with Microsoft ends by December/31/2015 for manufacturing smartphone (NOT 2016 THIRD Q). And ten years for the feature phones. You can check that in the acquiring contract of Nokia's devices and services

45. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i have been looking for that everywhere where can i find the full thing ???

53. Simona unregistered

They made up this rumor

2. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

''The statement only mentions that the company has no plans to sell or manufacture consumer handsets, and this specificity leaves room for interpretation.'' So why your title says Nokia denies plans about smartphones manufacturing, while in article you're writing that they didn't specify what plans they canceled ? Where is your logic PA ?

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The same reason why PA is always hiring editors. They're on the same league but GSMArena listens to commentors and improve their way of posting articles. PA just care about page views and ad clicks and flame fanboy wars.

21. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

This guy must be new to PA (see how he even writes ReCode instead of Re/code), I wouldn't blame him for the logic behind this piece

3. gaming64 unregistered

That's so sad though. I was looking forward for Nokia. But hey, they still can do software.

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

If by software you mean Symbian then no they sold it with the phone part too.

4. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well this was obvious since it sells its phone division why sell something and try to buy it back again Nokia have plans for wireless network and only phone we saw from them should be like N1 and nothing similar to past N1 was good but deserving the Nokia logo!? It was just an iPad running Android.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

they will, i'm sure 101%

7. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Nokia + Android = R.I.P

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your ridiculous comment should RIP.

18. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course not. It's because you're an !Diot. But since you want to bring that up, don't pick fights your wimpy keyboard warrior a** can't win.

30. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Why you are lying so much? The butthurt is getting stronger up there^

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why are you so interested in my butt?

8. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

please, let it be a lie. haha, nice joke, nokia. ha-ha ;_;

14. gaming64 unregistered

Your profile pic says it all

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This is a just example for businesses of any size that wish to make a deal with Microsoft. And also my motivation to keep Microsoft off my Android devices.

20. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

What on earth has this got to do with MS? Nokia sold its phone division because it was haemorrhaging money and that started long before they moved to WP. Microsoft pumped over £1bn into the company to keep them going, but by that point nothing could have saved Nokia's phone division and so MS purchased it, for which they paid over the odds to make sure it didn't fall into a competitor's hands. Make no mistake though, Nokia's phone division was screwed long before MS were in the picture. Oh and there is no keeping Microsoft off of your Android device, or any smartphone for that matter. All smartphones use a lot of MS technology, which is why MS get paid so well for every handset sold by all the major manufacturers.

22. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No one asked to throw away your Android anyway. Plus you can't keep Microsoft off your Android aren't you have an SD cart ha ha ha ha.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nokia had a choice to do whatever they wanted. They hired Elop, MS didnt hire for them. I love your hate for MS, it reminds me of a 2yr old who stubbed their toe on the chair and is mad at the chair. It makes me laugh every time i see your post.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I far as i am concerned Microsoft ruin my favourite brand Nokia. I have been buying every other Nokia flagship N series phone. The moment Nokia abandon Symbian, i switch to Android. I don't believe you will ever understand me. Its my money and i have decided to support Android and reject every thing Microsoft.

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It's my party i will cry if i want too...Cool story bro, in the end the comment still stands. Nokia Ruined it's own brand. Not MS. Nokia was abandoning Symbian YEARS before MS got there, but guess what your dear old nokia kept mucking it up internally between two teams, making bad delayed decisions. Symbian was a mess as well, it was the reason they tanked, very few people liked it (like windows). I guess they could have been bought by google, and then stripped of all its patents and fire it employees only to be sold off to another tech company. At least MS left their patents intact.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia fans everywhere (including myself) have been let down by this news...

24. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I disagree. I've been a Nokia fan since the late 90s and stuck with them through to the 1020, but the people responsible for all those great phones have left the company. So if you want something by them then you need to buy a Microsoft phone, which is what I'll be doing with my next phone as I still want that great Nokia quality of old. Anything Nokia did produce going forward couldn't be up to their old standard (especially as they also sold their manufacturing facilities) and for me would simply damage the great reputation they had, so I for one am glad they're not planning to return to the handset business.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

There are Nokia fans that won't go anywhere near a Nokia/Microsoft product, ESPECIALLY since the Nokia branding will no longer be on their Windows powered handsets. Microsoft also gave the pink slip to many Nokia engineers and designers. I'm a long time Nokia fan and Windows fan. I would just prefer Nokia use an OS that's similar, yet more refined, than Symbian. That's Android.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Fair enough. Choice is great though, there are both people on both sides of the isle. But right now Nokia needs to make sure their coffers are good before doing anything again.

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