Nokia is halting all future Symbian & feature phone efforts in the US; moving to WP7

Nokia is halting all future Symbian & feature phone efforts in the US; moving to WP7
There is absolutely no questioning it, but the US market has never been kind to any of Nokia’s offerings with Symbian and S40, and rightfully so, it doesn’t surprise us that they’re planning to move forward with Windows Phone 7 in mind.

In an interview with All Things D, Nokia’s President of US Operations, Chris Weber, mentioned that “When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.” Come to think of it, there have been few notable Nokia handsets selling at subsidized prices with the four major carriers. Instead, we generally find most of Nokia's presence in the US within the prepaid portions of the major carriers.

And in all honesty, none of them were even remotely close to competing on the same level as its rivals in the US. In fact, it seems that the Nokia Astound for T-Mobile was one of the last ditch efforts to see if they’re capable of establishing some sort of grasp in the US, but sadly enough, it failed to spark any interest.

Fortunately, their commitment to Windows Phone 7 will be monumental not only for then, but Microsoft as well. Needless to say, their handsets will be graced with all the usual subsidies from carriers and a marketing campaign that’s sure to follow accordingly. Obviously, it’s the starting point for a successful venture,  but we’ll be watching closely to see how things pan out in the end.

source: All Things D via Engadget

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22 Comments

1. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

o wow great job nokia !! maybe you can save yourself now

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I think it's a good strategy. Nokia wants to leave Symbian & MeeGo away in the U.S. so they can start fresh with Widows Phone 7. It makes sense, I just hope the Nokia Sea Ray is going to be a beast phone. Both Nokia & WP7 need to come out swinging VERY hard! A sub-par phone would hurt big time. Then need a sick phone to put them on the map. The Mango update will be awesome, but the phone needs to be equally awesome! I am hoping both Nokia & WP7 hit it out of the park!

8. bluechrism unregistered

Agreed (though i still want an N9 and hope newegg /amazon / someone will stock them much like mobilefun and expansys will in the UK). However, ditching S40 doesn't make sense and these phones are not competing for the same customers that Symbian 3, Meego and Windows Phone would.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

from the U.S.... Couldn't edit sh*t..... I just type to fast on my phone for my own good! lol

15. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I agree!!

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, like they actually stood a chance with Symbian. No one even uses Symbian and it's a half baked effort compared to the superior iOS. Only thing Nokia can do is sit back, sip on some tea, and watch themselves die a slow death because Symbian is a dead OS. It's basically Android's future in a few years.

2. 3g unregistered

poor nokia.lol

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I just hope you really know what you are doing ..Nokia...

4. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

it's not the most ideal approach but is rather a more practical approach hope nokia rebound =]

5. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

who else thinks elop is kind of like a 'trojan horse' if you may, infiltrate the company, and bring it down :/ nokia USED to be my favorite company, but ever since using the N97, and then the N8, it has no hope. Agreed the camera is good on the N8, but i'm not buying a point-and-shoot, i'm buying a smartphone. now, samsung is my favorite, but i hope nokia makes an android phone, i would buy that, no matter how much i love my current SGS2.

7. bluechrism unregistered

The Astound didn't spark much interest as it came after the Elop announcement and t-mobile reps advised customers against it (i experienced that personally due to the Windows Phone announcement) or didn't understand it (i also experienced this), but it certainly wasn't a bad device. I'm not suprised about nokia cutting Symbian in the US, espeicially if they are not releasing the Meego N09 here either, and clearing the smartphone segment for their Windows Phone devices. I am suprised about them ditching S40 in the US as well. lots of users don't want smartphones and want a good phone that calls people, does texts and has some other features but doesn't need a 3.5-4" touchscreen. Lots of users also want to avoid high data rates enforced by carriers when you buy smartphones, and many might not use the internet much on their phone. Some will be on major carries, others on virtual networks or pay as you go rates. I know the US is not the focus market for feature phones, but it does seem shortsighted to withdraw completely from this customer segment.

10. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Now this is almost even as INSANE as Nokia not launching N9 in US. Elop is trying to bring Nokia down ! Get rid of him now, Mr Eflop. Is there anyone that think the same about Eflop ?

18. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Agreed, Elop not only needs to be dumped. If only it is possible, he also definitely have to be sued for being a COSTLY TROJAN HORSE and is responsible for destroying a Fortune 500 company. In fact, Tomi Ahonen, a former Nokia employee kept on posting very good analysis about Elop's management failures for months now. http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2011/07/stephen-elop-costs-nokia-10-million-dollars-more-of-lost-profit-every-day-he-stays-with-nokia.html He even went as far as concluding that Elop is 'DELUSIONAL'. And I totally agree with him on that!http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2011/06/deluded-seriously-can-i-really-honestly-claim-that-nokias-ceo-stephen-elop-is-deluded-unfortunately-.html I just hope those Nokia Board of Directors are not turning a blind eye on those very good points Tomi Ahonen has raised. http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2011/07/thinking-the-unthinkable-what-value-if-nokia-returned-to-symbian-and-meego-our-movie-today-back-to-t.html http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2011/07/myths-and-misdemeanors-lets-examine-some-very-widely-held-myths-about-nokia-and-the-facts-behind-the.html http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2011/07/mid-year-update-to-nokia-smartphone-forecast-to-2011-with-view-to-2012-and-new-microsoft-based-phone.html

21. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Have read that blog, and he should be sued as well.

11. lubbalots unregistered

Negative attitudes. Anyone ever used, played, or even have a wp7 phone? Please explain the flaws. Explain the flaws regarding mango or nodo. Or even the hate itself. Frankly tell what makes iphone or android better than the rest.

14. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I have owned the OMnia 7 with WP7. Also had the NoDo update on it before i put it in the garbage bin. not good at all. WP7 is the most buggy OS ive ever seen, even more than Android. bada, MeeGo and WebOS are the best OSes out there.

12. sudharshan sundar unregistered

good job on noting down what people did not want on your upcoming devices since symbian is really old now . But now you have the chance to either go with android or ios since it looks like you and apple are friends according to the public

13. sudharshan sundar unregistered

and please do not disable the additional micro sd card storage on your upcoming windows 7 phone or you will only see very few people for that . please also try your best to add a good feature that does not come in stock windows phone 7 or more better just wait for windows 8 and make a nokia tablet since this operating system is only going to be for touch based computer and try to put a full hd video recording camera or try your best to put 3d cameras and stereoscopic screen like lg optimus 3d but not lg optimus pad which requires glasses .

16. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Blackberry should take notes on Nokias failure. I swear it like father ans son between the 2.

17. lubbalots unregistered

One claim so far. Wp7 is buggy on omnia7, more than android. And bada, meego, webos is the best out there, despite their lack prensence in the market. Anyone else?

20. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Nokia will just be another phone company now. They will do OK but they wont be the biggest anymore.

22. ryq unregistered

then why not stop selling nokia phones right now in the US if you are not going to support symbian there? the few people who intends to buy nokia in the US and read this article will now really go for an android phone or an iphone. nice way of selling your products.

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