HMD Global says it has been contacted by businesses about enterprise sales for Nokia phones

HMD Global says it has been contacted by businesses about enterprise sales for Nokia phones
According to HMD Global's head of enterprise business, Andrej Sonkin, businesses have started to contact the company about purchasing Nokia handsets for a mobile fleet. Sonkin, who was interviewed by TechRadar Pro, says that this interest started about a year ago. He attributes this attention to the limited mobile product portfolio available from HMD's competition.

Sonkin notes that many companies are moving away from storing data on paper, and they are looking for a secure handset that is not priced like a flagship. The fact that HMD now has a wide range of Nokia branded handsets running Android is a major positive for its enterprise sales. A survey conducted in Europe found that 68% of IT purchasing executives wanted their mobile fleet to be produced by a company with a wide range of devices. The bigger the company, the more important that criteria is.

By keeping prices the same while adding new features and capabilities to certain Nokia models, the company is making sure that businesses continually have new Nokia phones that they can upgrade to. Additionally, HMD is producing its Nokia handsets while following the Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) plan. These are secure Android phones that must meet certain requirements determined by Google. Phones with this designation are designed to be used as part of a fleet of managed handsets.

AER phones are guaranteed to receive at least one additional Android update, and security updates are disseminated within 90 days of release. Nokia phones that are AER include:


Sonkin points out that with device activations in 170 countries and distribution partners in 90, a global firm can feel comfortable rolling out a fleet of Nokia phones. And the company has local and online repair partners in a number of European markets.

source: TechRadar

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8 Comments

1. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Awesomely

2. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Stop using budget chips and invest into the Top end chips,then the Nokia name might become popular again,not one Nokia or HMD phone as the Snapdragon 845 chips inside a phone,so Samsung are just miles ahead of HMD,Why?budget chips everytime Nokia release a phone,if they mean business the future Nokia 9 better have 845 chips inside or consumers will not invest into the phone with 5 back cameras

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Budget chips" are clearly used to keep the costs of their midrange portfolio down. They could go the route of the Pocophone, but high end specs at midrange prices, while great for the consumer, isn't practical for any business. It will cause razor thin profit margins, which is why you now see OEM's like Xiamoi pushing prices up of some of their smartphones. Btw, HMD is in the top 10 global smartphone market, after only two years of being out. I'd say they are pretty popular, going by that.

5. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They have yet to do something flagship related yet.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 8/8 Sirocco was their flagship release in 2017/2018.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. This can only lead to more business for HMD with their Nokia branded smartphones, and it shows that enterprises are now putting faith in HMD and their Nokia branded smartphones.

7. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"and it shows that enterprises are now putting faith in HMD and their Nokia branded smartphones." Not really, all the article is saying is that they have been approached, it says nothing of any businesses signing a contract or placing an order, all they have done is make enquiries.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

If they are making enquiries, they have faith that HMD can do the job they need to get done. If they didn’t think that they could, they wouldn’t bother making enquiries. Businesses on the lookout for smartphones that they can deploy to their fleet and use securely usually do their due diligence before approaching an entity.

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