Nokia looked to partner with RIM before selecting Microsoft

Nokia looked to partner with RIM before selecting Microsoft
According to reports circulating overseas, before deciding to partner with Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 operating system, Nokia attempted to work out a deal with RIM. And while it seems that Nokia was extremely interested in having its smartphones loaded up with the BlackBerry OS, RIM told the Finnish based firm that it was not interested in a partnership. And that left Nokia with two options-Android or Windows Phone 7.

With Android, Google refused to make a number of changes that Nokia wanted. For example, Nokia wanted Google Maps replaced with Ovi Maps and also wanted to change the way Google's open source OS handled PIM data. Nokia also wanted changes in the way Android handled email, the calendar and contacts. Giving in to Nokia would have affected Google's revenue flow, so the Mountain View based firm rejected the idea.

On the other hand, Microsoft was willing to make the changes to Windows Phone 7 that Nokia wanted. The latter will have some say into the future development of Windows Phone 7 and Ovi Maps will become part of the platform. And for Nokia, exiting the OS business means letting people go in R&D and software engineering. Spending on Symbian and MeeGo is expected to be close to zero next year. And the handset manufacturer plans on taking its integration of Windows Phone 7 to the U.S., specifically the Silicon Valley area from where it hopes to start gaining a larger presence in the U.S.

source: TechCrunchEurope via BGR



1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

"Hi! RIM, Google, I represent Nokia, and we just drove our multi- billion dollar company straight off a cliff. Just loaded it in this here Finnish truck, took aim, and just floored it until we found bottom down this snow covered slope of Mount Chapter 7. Now, what we are hoping for is for you two to crawl into this new truck we just banged all the dents out of and let us drive your OS systems back up the upgrade here to this GREAT plan we have to rebound and.... HEY!!! COME BACK!!! DON'T YOU TWO WALK AWAY FROM US!!!!! WE ARE FINNISH!! NOT FINISHED! DIFFERENT SPELLING!!"

15. Sam unregistered

LMAO! Best comment I've seen in years! BRAVO!

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

My HTC HD2 Windows 6.5 cannot be upgrade to Windows 7 it is suck. NOKIA customers will be very disappointed after six months of Windows 7 cannot be upgrade to a newer Windows OS. NOKIA just have to spent more money to keep up Windows OS changing.

3. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

WP7 is a different OS then 6.5...

5. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Microsoft said the HD2 had no upgrade path, but you can upgrade it! Install a custom ROM of either Android or Windows Phone 7 on it. Check out Or do a search for 'HD2 Android' or 'HD2 Phone 7 ROM'. Here's an installation guide for Phone7: Here's a great clip showing Phone7 running:

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well nokia has the money to do it... seems like they will virtuallly control wp7 though, as they will be its major life source

4. lifewatcher unregistered

Sounds like Nokia explored every other option, before settling for Windows... That's too bad, as it shows the attitude towards this OS. I have nothing against MS/WP7 or Nokia. Nokia owns one of the few map suppliers out there and made it clear that they will give away the maps on their phones for free. While as a consumer I'm thrilled that i don't have to depend on data coverage for GPS navigation, the carriers in the US will be less than thrilled to have such service thrown into the package, chipping away their profit from data usage, TeleNav subscriptions, etc.

6. lucasjohny

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

Nokia is a burning platform so what to you think will Google compromise to a burning platform needs. Lol. Is business always business. On burning platform will compromise to another here go Mic and no kia. ...Lol

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

idk. wp7 has a lot going for it. Obviously ios is superior, being more advanced and polished, but wp7 could easily beet out android as it is an alternative of iphone that is visually appealing and the general consumer will want to have. I think wp7 is really going to boom in the coming years, but they need to intigrate it more with the next version of windows, in which case it will be forced upon the people. Also, nokia needs to come to the us to make this work.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

1 quick question- part of the reason I kick around this site is to learn- and in this story I noticed that Nokia was hoping for Google to change the way it handled "PIM" data... what does PIM refer to?

10. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Personal interface manager. Here is an example of how Google works, as I didn't know what PIM was either. ;)

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

PIM stands for personal information management. It's basically everything that you have either typed into your phone or received from others. Ex. Your contacts, texts, email, calendar info. All the things we hate not having if we loose our phones, or don't want re-enter when we do upgrades

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Thanks, all!!

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Nokia Windows. Lets do it.

14. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Windows Phone 7 is new and nice.

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