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From: zax1/11/2012 9:58:33 AM
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Can Nokia Play The Volkswagen Game?

Samsung, HTC and other Android vendors are no longer innovating on the hardware look and feel of their phones. The conventional wisdom says consumers no longer care about that. Is it possible this has created an opening for a new design to carve a niche? The timing for the Lumia 900 debut in the US market just might be right. Handsets have never looked this boring, not since the pre-1994 era of whip antenna bricks before the [url=]Nokia 2100 changed the dynamics[/url] of phone design.

When Volkswagen debuted the New Beetle in 1998, there was skepticism about its success in the US market. The car was basically a reskinned VW Golf with little storage space and some fairly serious quality issues with transmission and windows. Its European vibe was considered possibly too weird for America. Of course, it became a hit – unusual, quirky design was a big selling point at the time when the US car industry was dominated by cautious clones. Later, the offbeat approach was copied with gusto by Chrysler and others.

Nokia announced its first major high-end device for the US market on Monday – and the Lumia 900 will basically have to duplicate the New Beetle trick in order to make an impact. This is a single-core phone competing against the new dual-core beasts of Samsung and HTC. It has a regular 4.3 inch display instead of the 4.6 to 5 inch jumbo screens debuted by the Asian Android vendors. It has two good cameras, but they does not hit the 16 MP level of the latest HTC.

The two advantages the Lumia 900 possesses are a new silhouette and an original user interface. Compared with the army of Android models AT&T announced, the Lumia hardware pops out. The cyan version features a glass block slightly elevated from a bright blue chassis, contrasting sharply with the Samsung-Motorola-HTC-LG-Pantech monoblock look. It’s no coincidence Nokia opted to use the blue Lumia in its Monday presentation. That’s the approach Volkswagen used in its New Beetle ads that often featured neon colors to underline the quirky design.

There are two obvious obstacles here. First – American consumers have not created a big handset hit based on a novel design since the iPhone debuted in 2007. Obviously, you can argue that the iPhone success hinged more on software than the new engineering approach. The days when the hardware design alone could create a bestseller seem to be long gone – before the iPhone, Motorola RAZR in 2004 was arguably the last of the smash hits created by a new shape.

But the entire new Android phone wave – and the latest iPhone – are built on the bet that consumers now only focus on software and what is under the hood. Siri, dual-core processors, better camera quality – it’s all internal now.

Or is it? Could the fact that so many vendors have decided to go with old designs this winter open the door for a new competitor that introduces new hardware design combined with a novel UI? The latest Windows OS does not offer ground-breaking innovations – but there are small, interesting touches such as the way the application icons convey a stream of real-time information.

The challenge of getting US consumers to sample Lumia 900 is aided by how boring the new wave of Android models look despite their awesome specifications. But the challenge of getting consumers to abandon the Apple and Android ecosystems is something no car company has had to wrestle with. Apple’s grip on its consumers is likely unbreakable – those people are gone. But Android just might be a different kettle of fish.

A research firm called NPD shocked the mobile telecom world earlier this week when it presented a radical shift in US smartphone market share in the October/November period. According to NPD, Android OS lost a shocking 13 percentage points of US smartphone market share between 3Q11 and the pre-Christmas season. At the same time, Apple soared. This dovetails with the profound smartphone weakness that struck HTC and Motorola during 4Q11. Despite the strong Android activation numbers recently reported by Google, Android’s triumphant run in the US smartphone market may be already over.

This week’s US media coverage of the Lumia 900 has been surprisingly positive, from Daily Beast and Time to the curmudgeons of PC World and PC Magazine. American media is is bored with the Apple/Android narrative, ready to write contrarian pieces about a surprise comeback of Windows. True comeback in North America may be out of reach for Nokia. But I would not count out the possibility of surprisingly strong early showing for Lumia 900 as US taste-makers flirt with deserting the grimly predictable Android camp this spring.

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From: zax1/13/2012 10:45:08 AM
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Nokia Lumia 900 coming to retail on March 18?

By Tim Stevens posted Jan 13th 2012 9:22AM

Did the "next few months" announcement from the unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 900 leave you wanting? Perhaps a March 18th pronouncement will sate your own personal gadget knowledgebase. That's the date being tossed around by Windows gurus Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, who joined forces on TWiT to discuss the presence of a March date in the latest Nokia developer newsletter. But that wasn't good enough for Paul, who said the specific date is March 18. Go ahead and mark your calendars, but we'd recommend you use pencil -- just to be safe.

Windows Weekly (TWiT), WMPoweruser

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From: zax1/16/2012 10:48:03 AM
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Check Out the New Nokia Lumia 710 and 900 Commercials
Friday, January 13, 2012

Nokia has posted its commercials for its two new US entries, the Windows Phone-based Lumia 710 and 900, to You Tube. And if you're fans of these fans like I am, you'll want to check them both out.

Introducing the Nokia Lumia 710

Introducing Nokia Lumia 900 - The Amazing Everyday

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From: marketfriends2/7/2012 2:21:27 PM
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Nokia to launch high end phone in Barcelona.


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From: sylvester803/6/2012 1:08:15 PM
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Nokia has become quite the neurotic stock. I bet if they were to announce Android smartphones, Nokia may show some signs of life... in the other direction than down...

PS. Still holding every share of NOK but being realistic that it is going to act neurotic without some actual market share gains in smartphones and/or euro appreciation...

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (28770)3/15/2012 3:39:47 AM
From: elmatador
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NSN Offloads Fixed-Wireless Gear

  • Nokia Siemens Networks has found a buyer for another bit of its business. The vendor announced today that it sold a line of proprietary fixed-wireless access products to privately held Spanish technology company CN Tetragen for an undisclosed sum. The product portfolio is the Expedience range of indoor and outdoor customer premises equipment (CPE), base stations and management technology that operates in the 2.5GHz, 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz frequency bands, which NSN had acquired as part of its deal to buy Motorola Solutions in April 2011. The vendor said that about 15,000 Expedience base stations and 700,000 CPEs had been sold to date. Like its WiMax business -- which NSN also acquired from Motorola and is in the process of selling to NewNet -- the unit was not part of NSN's mobile broadband portfolio. (See NSN Sells Fixed-Wireless Biz, NSN to Sell WiMax Biz and NSN Finally Seals $975M Moto Deal.)

  • Separately, NSN appears to have won a five-year managed services deal with Russian giant VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), reports Bloomberg. The deal covers maintenance and support of fixed and mobile networks in central Russia.

  • Deutsche Telekom has been trumpeting its researchers' role in what it claims is the breaking of a data-transmission speed record. T-Labs boffins, in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Telekom Network Production staff, achieved a 512Gbit/s transmission over a single optical-fiber wavelength channel on signals sent over a distance of 734 km. This, says DT, equates to a usable bit rate of 400 Gbit/s. (See AlcaLu Unveils 400G Chip .)

  • BT has clinched a five-year, £30 million (US$47 million) managed services deal with Standard Life, a U.K. savings and investments firm. The deal covers the delivery and management of a BT Connect Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN), as well as VoIP and contact centers, among other areas. Today also sees the launch of BT's new Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) tools, which form part of the BT Connect portfolio and offer enterprises, says the operator, a better snapshot of how well their network services are performing. (See BT: CIOs Need Smarter Network Tools.)

  • As had been anticipated, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC) has put in a bid for Bulgaria's Vivacom , reports Telecompaper (subscription required).

  • Smartphones are big news in the Middle East -- and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) , the United Arab Emirates mobile operator, is underlining this fact by announcing plans to spend around $400 million on building faster, data-friendly networks, reports The National. — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    From: pcstel3/27/2012 4:09:53 PM
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    Blast from the Bast...

    Eric L writing to himself...

    Message 18603417

    Don Shrock, head of Qualcomm's chipset division, says his company is intent on minimizing the Finnish company's market share. "You're either with us or you're against us," says Mr. Shrock. "We're going to keep the pressure on folks who don't use our chips."

    EricL stated:

    Hard to figure how these two firms are seen by anyone as direct competitors, but the nutball fringe evidently see it that way.

    Nokia is far and away the most successful handset manufacturer ever and is emerging as a strong # 2 to Ericsson in infrastructure.

    Qualcomm couldn't hack it in either infra or handsets, but Don Shrock who is about to head off down the primrose lane says:

    "We're going to keep the pressure on folks who don't use our chips."

    It appears to me that those folks who don't use Qualcomm chips like Nokia and Samsung are putting the pressure on Qualcomm.

    Wow... There is wrong.. and then there is REALLY, REALLY WRONG!

    No wonder those on the NOK Moderated Stream are so BITTER, and have surrounded themselves in their own autocratic euroserf sandboxs.

    And so it goes,

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    To: sylvester80 who wrote (28765)4/16/2012 8:45:40 AM
    From: Lahcim Leinad
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    I own a ton...
    Pre-market: 3.93 -0.09 (-2.24%)
    Apr 16, 8:44AM EDT

    Worst case scenario, as already posted to you elsewhere a week ago (can't replay to you there, for reasons you know full well), remains the same:

    Bearish Price Obj. (Revised): 2.22
    P&F Pattern: Descending Triple Bottom Breakdown
    NYSE:NOK: 3.91 -2.74 (-2.74%) - Nokia Corporation (ADR)

    OT: Goes to show that SI member thread banning and ignoring does not change facts or stock trends.

    Have a lovely day. :-)

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    To: sylvester80 who wrote (28765)4/16/2012 9:11:14 AM
    From: Lahcim Leinad
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    Nokia: no news would be good news -

    Even though Nokia has partnered with Microsoft ( MSFT , quote ), competition from high-end Samsung ( SSNLF , quote ) phones and cheaper Chinese models have been devastating for the stock. In the week following the launch of the Lumia 900, NOK fell 21.33%. Year to date, it is down 16.60%. For the last 52 weeks, it has fallen 51.15%.

    The professional investor community is backing away as fast as it can. On April 12, Barclays downgraded the stock from Overweight to Weight with a target price of $4. On April 13, Zacks Equity Research downgraded Nokia Corporation to underperform.

    The short float for Nokia Corporation is now 5.95%, a bearish sign. The trend is definitely not the friend of the shareholders of Nokia Corporation as the share price is double digits below the 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

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    From: Lahcim Leinad4/16/2012 3:23:58 PM
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    Nokia 808 PureView official pricing revealed - SlashGear

    The Nokia 808 PureView has gone up for pre-order in the UK, with an official price tag for the 41-megapixel smartphone though no precise release date. Retailer Clove has listed the 808 PureView at £449 ex-VAT ($711)

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