Nokia pulls the plug on its U.S. and U.K. online stores

Nokia pulls the plug on its U.S. and U.K. online stores
After closing down permanently many of its Internet stores across Europe, including the ones in Spain, France, and even its home, Finland, Nokia has officially pulled the plug on two more of its online shops – the ones that served the U.S. and the U.K. At this time, the only Nokia online stores that seem to be still operational are the ones in Portugal, China, and in a few South American countries. Fortunately, Amazon Wireless and many other online retailers are always open for business so the loss of the company’s Internet stores is not that tragic after all.

Shutting down its Internet outlets is actually a part of Nokia’s plan to shift its focus away from offering handsets directly to end customers and start selling more devices to wireless carriers instead. The big question is how interested wireless carriers will be in distributing the company’s handsets and how much attention these handsets will get from the market. Those of you who have been keeping an eye on things probably know that Nokia has not been doing very well recently and its market value is dropping steadily. Will the Nokia N9 or the manufacturer’s Windows Phone devices manage to bring the company back to its feet?

source: Nokia UK, Nokia USA via SlashGear

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24 Comments

1. bluechrism unregistered

Did i miss the closing down sale???

7. hepresearch unregistered

That's the interesting part, actually... there was little warning that I knew of... there were still online store promotions that were originally scheduled to go on for a while yet, into July in fact. And yet, they suddenly closed it all down today. No warning, no explanation (other than the obvious "everything leads to corporate suicide" explanation... thanks Elop man!)

2. box unregistered

Guess they're selling them all to Amazon. :( much sad. Granted Amazon's prices were better, but it's nice buying direct from the manufacturer

3. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Wtf! I thought i still had today to buy under the sall! The had a $150 rebate on the N8 taking it to $249 now the site is down! The really dont want to stay in busniess

8. hepresearch unregistered

yeah... and they had just released the E6 for sale in the US, online... I guess they didn't plan on selling too many anyway...

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Too bad I don't care since Nokia's phones are garbage.

5. armac911 unregistered

Then why do you post and read articles about nokia? Stupid ignorant fanbois.

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because I can.

20. hepresearch unregistered

very Matrix-esque... congratulations!

10. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Dude seriously, No one can take you serious. This time it isn't because your photo is *** but this time it's because of what your typed. Nokia phones may be dated but they are far from garbage.

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

The SybianOS is practically worthless with iOS and Android. Get over it. And get some new material because the comments about my pic are lame.

17. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

"Symbian" is dated but worthless? no. Your pic is the lame thing around here.

22. hepresearch unregistered

Symbian S60 3rd Edition was my favorite, and still is even if it is long gone... apparently, I am the only one here who thinks this way. Nokia does not have enough money to waste on R&D to make a new S60 3rd Ed. phone just for me when I am ready for a new one in, like, three to five years. Unfortunately, Symbian was dropped long before actual irrelevance... back in 2008, to be precise, mostly through management stupidity and arrogance. S60 5th Edition was a terrible disappointment to me when it came out. It looked cool, and the touchscreen thing sounded fun at first, but most of them were resistive (they were not bad for resistive, but still not capacitive until the X6), and they did not behave anything quite like the S60/S80 I was used to. Not only that, but they did not keep up on the specs end of things until Symbian^3 came out. S^3 was nothing more than a slightly improved, modified, and optimized S60 5th Ed. for capacitive touchscreens, but the hardware specs were much improved (aside from the sickening failures of components on the N8, a terrible sign of design problems on Nokia's part). S^3 was seriously like putting lipstick on the pig (S60 5th Ed.)... hence Nokia's "burning platform" issue. I would take a new S60 3rd Ed. phone over iOS or Android any day. But then again, that is apparently because I am wierd... everybody else seems to want iOS or Android.

6. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

I would be interested in a nokia devise. they used to be the only brand to buy. I have verizon and have had them for about a year and a half and have yet to see a nokia phone with verizon.

9. hepresearch unregistered

every "Nokia" branded phone made for VZW in the last, oh, at least 3 years, has actually been made by Pantech. They are only Nokia-branded (it had something to do with either CDMA patents or Qualcomm's BREW licensing, if I remember correctly). Which is why I have never bothered to entertain the idea of buying a Nokia on Verizon...

11. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

N9 for AT&T for the win

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I was thinking of buying the N8 but i guess not.... hmmmmm

23. hepresearch unregistered

N8 had some issues at first, hopefully recent batches have had it corrected. But yeah, nobody (in the westernized world, at least) will be buying one now...

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Too bad Nokia is going down hill since they make a deal with M$. Will never buy another Nokia phone for a long time.

28. Jeromeo1980 unregistered

I am a a former N93 owner and current N900 owner. DO NOT expect Nokia to support anything they toss into consumer's dumpsters on prom night. They will pretend like they never even knew they had anything to do with its creation a few days after the market tries as hard as it can to forget about its abortion.

25. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

May 2010 @idiot1986-you don't want to comment on what I said because it's true. Apps do not make a handset great unless the handset is already a piece of crap(like the iphone)and needs the apps just to be competitive. And I state again, if android were better, how come the stats say differently? Face it: android will NEVER match let alone beat out symbian. If you do not like nokia so much, then why comment in the first pace? Go run along and play in your android sandbox. I'm sorry i keep posting this it's just so hilariously ironic.

26. theo14461 unregistered

It's not like we can never buy Nokia phones ever again, there's Amazon.com that has most of them available.

27. sponmagnet unregistered

Nokia Going Down,thanks to MS and his new plot to destroy nokia from the inside out, the strings of the plan are showing one after another.

29. nuadar unregistered

That company is going to destroy itself....not that I dont like it...I actualy think its good for world... Don't get me wrong,these are my and only my preferences and I think that Nokia is dead, Symbian is the most idioitic and s**tty OS on the market and WP7 will not help them...this is my opinion and I'm not trying to convince anyone to it...in case some nokiaboy wants to fight...

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