Nokia's board requested to come to Finland for Wednesday meeting; is something big coming?

Nokia's board requested to come to Finland for Wednesday meeting; is something big coming?
No sooner has the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft and Nokia broke off what was characterized as "advanced" merger negotiations, than a new rumor has everyone wondering what's up. According to Finnish national broadcaster YLE, Nokia's board has been called to Finland for a meeting that will take place this coming Wednesday. The broadcaster says that the board meeting is being called to make "key decisions" about the future of the company prior to its July 18th interim meeting.

As if this special meeting Wednesday needed to be hyped in any way, it appears that Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, whose title is corporate vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management, is on vacation in Finland at this very moment. And guess where he is scheduled to go this week? That's right, he has a scheduled appointment to visit Nokia. In a tweet, the executive said, "I'm actually on vacation... that's why so quiet lately... but stopping in to visit Nokia this week…I won't be at build next week... am "stuck" in Europe." He also tweeted a photo of Kevin Shields, SVP of program and product management for Nokia smart devices, in Epoo, Finland.

While this could be nothing, well, it certainly could be something too. Microsoft pays Nokia a huge chunk of change to promote Windows Phone and let's face it, Nokia has become the face of the platform. Is this like Google buying Motorola? Not exactly because as soon as the HTC Nexus One appeared, Motorola was no longer the face of Android. This would be closer to Google buying Samsung, although that also is not a precise comparison.

And this could all be just a harmless meeting of Nokia's board. Except that it does not appear to be a regularly scheduled get together. This coming week could be very, very interesting indeed.


source: @joebelfiore, YLE (translated), NokiaGadgets via WPCentral

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133 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

No mergers please. Especially with Microsoft.

14. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

To me it looks like Nokia has some major announcements in the coming weeks about either layoffs or selling of Nokia Siemens Network. It can also be firing of Elop which will please many of us. I hope it to be later.

60. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I think selling siemens would be a wrong decision. It's one of nokia's few earning subsidiaries.

122. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Microsoft should be faster with the OS development, add Full HD Screens is essential to keep fighting against Android and iOS, Microsoft should be more tough with some partners like Facebook to make a full FB experience on WP and make a Instagram app (I don't really need it, but the majority need). IMHO Elop is doing a fantastic job with Windows Phone and Lumia line up, but kill MeeGo was the worse mistake Elop and Nokia Investors ever made, a MeeGo line up could perfectly stand together with Windows Phones, and Nokia could be more like in the past, more innovative because of their own OS, now is sad but only Android could be their hope.

144. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

yoo my friend the next big update called "Windows phone 8 blue"-- will bring 1080 HD Screen capability and other goodies Windows smart phones need to stay competitive with Android and Apple smart phones

25. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

My guess is that it has something to do with Nokia Semen Network. .

56. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You mean Siemens ?

94. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I misspelled on purpose. =P

69. Kurai unregistered

OMG LOL . . . . i'm dying . . .

119. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

no u r not

140. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I did, on purpose, took some people long enough to reply or notice. I have the habit of editing my comments again and again to correct mistakes, no way i will leave 2 spelling errors in a single word 'i' and 's' missing from the word semen.

145. Dastrix unregistered

HAHAHAHAHA, OMG this made my day! LOLOLOL, EX, you're the man!! :D

151. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Not funny, kid.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah. Nokia should keep doing this on it's own.

156. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Wish i could be a fly on the wall at that meeting.

3. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

microsoft surface tablet... made by nokia= awesome

20. lee480 unregistered

They wouldn't call for a board meeting because of a tablet. Definitely more important agenda.

120. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

something Nokia Phablet quad core and 1080p, they wanna release early don't want to wait long. so i guess we will see phablet around 5" in Nokia World around September. exciting.

28. ihatesmartphone unregistered

You're so funny..xp

40. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

it should be microsoft lumia tablet........

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nokia is going to start an Android line of Lumia smartphones.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sadly, dreams don't come true, especially Lumia with Android.

24. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Even if Nokia makes both wp and android i would still buy their wp variant of phones.

29. ihatesmartphone unregistered

And I will definitely buy their first ever Android smartphone :)

34. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

you do understand it wouldnt be there first ever android smartphone

147. Dastrix unregistered

chaotic, are you serious man? Did Nokia actually make Android smartphones before?

153. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

idirectly yes, ofcourse they never did a nokia android of the shelves but vertu was owned by nokia and they did android. but mainly phones like the n9 could be flashed with android. i bet all on here crying about a nokia running android never once looked at the n9 at the time mainly because they wouldnt be able to whine then

57. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Same here

30. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, me too. :)

5. deburocks

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

no mergers nokia, act as an independent entity

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