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Nokia CEO taps salesmen to assure Lumia push

Nokia CEO taps salesmen to assure Lumia push

Over the last year when it came to Windows Phone, we saw a lovely looking user interface fall victim to less than stellar engagement and interest on the part of the public - Stephen Elop this week says that it's the work of the salesmen, not the manufacturer, to make the final drop of the device into the hands on the consumer. Without a doubt there's a certain flair to the Lumia line of smartphones being released both here in the USA and abroad this year, but without the folks in the stores actually pointing people to the hands-on equipment, there's certainly no chance of a big hit in the engagement environment. Elop let the world know in Nokia's sales call what he expects from store employees in the very near future.

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Nokia Bought Time, But That Clock Is Ticking

Nokia Bought Time, But That Clock Is Ticking

$1.25 billion in losses would normally be a pretty dire way to end a quarter, but Nokia managed to muster just enough sugar for lemonade with more than a million sales of its first two Windows Phone handsets. After months of "we'll launch by the end of the year" promises, Elop & Co. came through with not one but two smartphones based on Microsoft's OS, turning that duo into a trio at CES 2012 earlier this month. As foundations go it's a solid start, but make no mistake: it only gets tougher from here.

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Nokia sells “well over” 1m Windows Phones, still makes €1bn loss

Nokia sells “well over” 1m Windows Phones, still makes €1bn loss

Nokia has announced its Q4 2011 financial results, and the big news is Windows Phone sales: "well over 1 million Lumia devices to date" the Finnish company claims. Still, strong out-the-gate demand for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 weren't enough to turn Nokia's ailing books around: the company recorded a €954m ($1.25bn) profit loss in Q4 2011, bringing the final 2011 tally to a €1.073bn ($1.4bn) loss, down 43-percent year-on-year.

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Apple outpaced Android in Q4 US growth says research

Apple outpaced Android in Q4 US growth says research

Apple has reclaimed the platform momentum crown with the iPhone, research suggests, with demand for the iPhone 4S contributing to faster growth than the market for Android devices in pre-holiday sales. In the twelve weeks until December 25, researchers Kantar Worldpanel ComTech say, Apple's share in the US was at 44.9-percent, the merest smudge ahead of Android share at 44.8-percent. In contrast, Windows Phone mustered a mere 2-percent.

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Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

A shortage of rival flagships and ambitious promotional work could have seen Nokia sell 1.3m Lumia Windows Phones in 2011, according to analyst averages, though the MeeGo-powered N9 could still have outsold its Microsoft-running siblings. Bloomberg took sales estimates from 22 analysts surveyed around Nokia's Windows Phone launch, with figures ranging from as many as 2m down to just 800,000. However, the estimates are over sales into the retail channel, and don't necessarily mean that many of Nokia's devices have ended up in users' pockets or bags.

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Nokia pressured by mobile carriers to cut Lumia prices

Nokia pressured by mobile carriers to cut Lumia prices

All the way over the pond in the UK there's pressure being pushed down on Nokia to lower the price of the Lumia line, specifically the Lumia 710 which launches there in the next few weeks, as its first devices with Windows Phone have, perhaps, not performed as well as they'd liked. This could be seen as the exact opposite of what we've seen with Apple and their ultra high command over carriers working with the iPhone since its inception. Nokia has held more than a few discussions with UK operators on what it'll do with the Lumia 710 as is launches in the market there, this perhaps reflecting what's happened in the USA.

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Will the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 be Priced to Succeed?

Will the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 be Priced to Succeed?

CES 2012 has drawn to a close, and if you'd said twelve months ago that Nokia would leave the show having introduced one of the stand-out products, the industry would've laughed you out of Vegas. Sure enough, though, the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 is on everyone's lips, delivering the slick style of the first Lumia 800 with the sort of big screen and capable camera dominating the smartphone market today. Rumors suggest it'll drop in March, but is Nokia ready to price the LTE Lumia to succeed?

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Nokia: Unlocked US Lumia 800 in February, 20 game EA deal incoming

Nokia: Unlocked US Lumia 800 in February, 20 game EA deal incoming

Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 800 will be coming to the US as an unlocked, SIM-free device in February, with the T-Mobile Lumia 710 going up for order on January 11. Meanwhile, Canadian would-be Nokians will be able to grab the Lumia 710 on Rogers and the Lumia 800 on TELUS, though release dates haven't been confirmed. The Finns are hoping to differentiate themselves from their Windows Phone platform-pals, too, with news that a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) will see twenty of the "most popular" titles from the publisher brought to Windows Phone, launching initially as Lumia exclusives.

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