Nokia shares soar 6% in Finland on rumor of Samsung bid
The flagship Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia would certainly be an affordable purchase for Samsung. The latter is raking in big bucks with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S III which had 9 million units pre-ordered last month according to a company executive, not including the U.S. and Canada. Swedish newspaper Dagens industri reports that Samsung has offered $4 Euros a share for Nokia. That would work out to a bid of $18.7 billion or a 70% premium over the current trading price of the company. Nokia has refused to comment on the story. Most analysts believe that Microsoft would be a better fit for Nokia because of the latter's reliance on Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone. Nokia has produced the flagship Windows Phone model, the Nokia Lumia 900 and by purchasing Nokia, Microsoft could join Apple and Google (which owns Motorola Mobility) in producing hardware for its own mobile platform.