European networks kick Nokia when they’re down

Reuters are reporting that European carriers faith in Nokia is quite low at the moment. They’ve gone as far as to say

“If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell”

This comes off the back of slower sales and reduced estimates from Nokia so things aren’t exactly positive. I’m not entirely sure why the networks would make these statements public as it surely won’t help them shift additional units?

I think it’s important to bear in mind that Nokia are in a transition period. General consensus is that Nokia is making great hardware but Windows Phone 7 is holding it back. Hopefully Microsoft can give them the software they deserve with Windows Phone 8.

It’s an interesting situation and the article is well worth a read.

Links – Reuters

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  • The_Prof

    I for one can completely understand why the networks are saying this – because it’s true!  Why would you bother with a WP7 phone these days when the alternatives are so good. 

    With Android, you have choice.  Almost too much.  You have just about every app you could wish for, and great compatibility.  You also know that most of the money you’re paying is going towards the hardware, and not to the software (even though some licence/patent fees are paid to Microsoft for certain models of phone). 

    The Lumias are quite nice phones, but that’s where it ends for me.  They aren’t cheaper, and they aren’t better in any obvious way.  If you know anything about technology, you’re probably going to know a whole bunch of reasons why going for a minority closed-source platform is a bad idea.  If you don’t know anything about technology, for Christ’s sake, buy an iPhone.

  • Keni

    Actually it shows exactly where Nokia and Microsoft need to focus their efforts on… Th coal face, Phone sales staff… 

    If you go into a shop and ask to see a Windows Phone they are so reticent to even talk about it, let alone show it…