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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