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Euronews: Nokia to Get Choosy?

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Hutchison 3G Austria GmbH , Orange Austria Telecommunication GmbH. and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) start the week in today's jog through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Nokia is talking to European operators about a possible iPhone-style launch of its Windows 8 smartphone in the fall (autumn), according to the Financial Times (subscription required). This would see it ditching its usual all-possible-channels approach for exclusive partnerships with particular operators, which would have a stake in the phone's success. (See OS Watch: Nokia to Drive Up Windows 8 Prices, Windows Phone 8 Gets 'Common Core' and Nokia Poll: Microsoft Merger Expected.)

  • Hutchison 3G will get the green light from the European Commission to buy Orange (NYSE: FTE)'s Orange Austria -- if it agrees to allow rival Austrian virtual operators to access its network, reports Reuters, citing Austrian newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt. (See EC Looks Again at Orange Austria Takeover.)

  • Saheed Adepoju, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Nigeria, has developed a low-cost Android tablet for the African market, reports the BBC. The tablet will retail for $350, compared to around $700 for an iPad.

  • Alcatel-Lucent has collaborated with AuthenTec Inc. to launch the Meo Go! mobile video service for Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT). Meo Go! will allow subscribers to access 60 live TV channels as well as video-on-demand on their smartphones and tablets running either the Android, Apple iOS or Windows operating system. (See Portugal Telecom Launches Meo Go!.)

  • Two creditors of Bulgaria's Vivacom -- Bulgaria's CCBank and Russia's VTB Bank -- are set to take over the debt-laden operator, reports Reuters.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:27:05 PM
    re: Euronews: Nokia to Get Choosy?

    Didn't Nokia do this in the US with the Lumia 900, exclusive to AT&T? I didn't get the impression AT&T did a ton to promote it, as promised. Nokia will need more help with its future handsets, to this isn't a bad idea. 

    Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:27:03 PM
    re: Euronews: Nokia to Get Choosy?

    Hopefully, for Nokia's sake, operators will help more with promoting the new devices. An exclusive strategy is worth a try, but it seems like quite a gamble -- can Nokia's new Windows device have an impact with consumers like Apple's iPhone when Apple was first doing exclusive deals?

    Gaurav2410 12/5/2012 | 5:27:01 PM
    re: Euronews: Nokia to Get Choosy?

    I think, it was the other way round. AT&T opted for selling Nokia Lumia 900, while other operators refused or never came forward. For Nokia nothing has worked to raise its sales and so it is trying everything in its hat to incease the sales. But apart from good product, Nokia should also invest some money into marketing these Lumia's phones. Some sort of innovative marketing is required, to revive the lost Brand Image. Once the brand image is built just like IPHONE or GALAXY, Nokia will have no difficulty to retain its lost ground.


    There are lots of Nokia fans in the world (including me) and they want Nokia to come up with products comparable to IPHONE or GALAXY.

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