Disregard it all, so sayeth Nokia. Disregard any report, rumor, blog post, forum thread, random headline, palm reading, or star charts claiming Nokia is making, selling, or dreaming about making mobile phones again.
for the time being, it appears -- no matter how much its fans wish otherwise -- Nokia's days of phone manufacturing are finished and done for.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers take a good hard look at candy bars.
Today's humble blogwatcher is Stephen Glasskeys.
Dante D'Orazio's words burn:
After rumors sparked up last week that Nokia has plans to get back into the phone business, [it] made the unusual move of publicly discrediting those claims. MORE
Todd Bishop plans his every move for a future opening:
Nokia's statement follows an April 20 report by Re/code saying that Nokia is planning to get back into the phone market as early as next year, citing two sources briefed on the companyís plans.
The use of the word "currently" leaves the door open for the company to change its mind in the future. MORE
Nichole Tucker makes her plans clear:
Though Nokia has made it clear that they will not be making more phones, [it] also made it clear that it does have other plans. [A] backdoor into phones, where their name would not be in the forefront. Many believe that this is due to a decline in Nokia's value. MORE
Straight from the horse's mouth:
Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.
Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets. MORE
Oy! Aimee Chanthadavong can find it for ya, usin' this HERE map: [You're fired -Ed.]
When Nokia's handset business was acquired by Microsoft...the company's devices and services business became branded under...Microsoft Mobile Oy, which eventually saw the Nokia brand phased out from the Lumia smartphone range.
The only presence Nokia retains in the smartphone market is on the Here mapping platform. However, Nokia confirmed that it is looking to sell Here, a business currently valued at $2.1 billion, and the likely buyer may be Microsoft. MORE
Meanwhile, Alex Wagner travels to China:
So it looks like Nokia doesnít plan on making its own smartphones, at least not right now. The company could decide to license its name...to another company and allow it to sell the Nokia-branded phone, though, just like it currently does with the Nokia N1 tablet in China. ... Considering how big a brand name Nokia is, I bet that the company is at least thinking about such a move. MORE
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