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Sarah Thomas
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4/25/2014 | 4:14:50 PM
Re: What's in a name?
Woah that's quite the testament to the resiliciency of the phone (and of you!). Glad you're okay! If it weren't an iPhone, it would have shattered everywhere adding extra injury with the glass chards.
briandnewby
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4/25/2014 | 4:02:14 PM
Re: What's in a name?
It is worth wondering what you buy with a handset provider.  No handset provider has maintained long-term competitive advantage, even Apple.  If you could buy Apple's device business today, would you?  I would, if I was me, but I wouldn't if I had a brand name that would get the carriers to return a call to me (like Microsoft).
Ariella
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4/25/2014 | 4:02:09 PM
Re: What's in a name?
I just saw this on the Nokia deal: It ends with this: "In her opening statement during Thursday's call, Hood said Nokia's business results have undoubtedly changed in the months since Microsoft struck the deal. She said Microsoft is still "committed to achieving annual cost synergy targets of at least $600 million within 18 months of close." 

What is it with the corporates speak? How does "cost synergy" differ from ordinary cost?
Ariella
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4/25/2014 | 3:28:32 PM
Re: What's in a name?
@thebulk you're most welcome. It's possible some date the decline earlier, saying that they still had the market share but were doomed by that year. I would have to look into it more to ascertain that, as I'm not an expert on Nokia. 
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4/25/2014 | 3:04:41 PM
Re: What's in a name?
@Ariella, 

Thanks for the link, what a great read! I had not realized they were so dominate that late in the game, I would have guessed they started to fall around 2005, maybe even earlier. 
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4/25/2014 | 2:48:13 PM
Re: What's in a name?
@thebulk according to this http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/how-nokia-went-from-a-position-of-domination-to-abandoning-its-handset-business-444466, Nokia was the dominant player back in 2007. But the article doesn't really go into detail about how it measured up to the cutting edge. 
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4/25/2014 | 2:29:02 PM
Re: What's in a name?
@Ariella, Maybe you are right, I just dont remember it that way. I had maybe 3 Nokia phones over the years. My favorite being the Nokia 6800 which had a pretty cool flip keyboard for SMS, when people still used that. But I can always recall there being other companies with phones that had much nicer and more advanced features. 
Ariella
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4/25/2014 | 2:25:01 PM
Re: What's in a name?
@thebulk I'm not sure that's true. I would think that in the early years they were cutting edge, but they lost that edge.
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4/25/2014 | 12:10:01 PM
Re: What's in a name?
Thanks Joe, 

And no doubt Nokia was never on the cutting edge of any mobile technology. At best they were several years behind everyone else. (Except maybe Nextel)

If you come across that old sound file share it on here I would get a kick out of it. :-)
Joe Stanganelli
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4/25/2014 | 12:04:01 PM
Re: What's in a name?
Glad you're okay after your accident!

One Nokia I owned just broke out of the blue...to the point that when I called people, it was making horrendous, creepy, whispering/staticy sounds.  (I still have a sound file of it saved somewhere on an old computer.)

Before I realized the problem, I wound up permanently creeping out an old friend of mine when I called her, she hung up on me, and I called her again -- ignorant to why she sounded so freaked out.

She seemed understanding once I was able to talk to her again in person when I explained the problem, but we didn't really talk much after that.
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