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Nokia Kills Symbian in the States

5:10 PM -- In case you weren't sure if Symbian Ltd. had any life left in it, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) made it clear Tuesday that it's the end of the road for its longtime operating system -- at least in North America. (See Symbian Is Dead. Long Live Windows Phone.)

Nokia President Chris Weber told AllThingsD that it will stop selling feature phones and Symbian-based smartphones in the U.S. and Canada in order to focus solely on the Windows Phone.

"When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.," he told the blog. "It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn't matter what we do (elsewhere)."

When Nokia brings Windows Phone stateside, Weber said his company will also focus entirely on carrier-subsidized sales, which will be a change for the company. At the moment, it only has one phone at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and two at T-Mobile US Inc. , including the poorly timed Astound. (See Price Is Right for Nokia's Windows Phone and CTIA 2011: Nokia Astounds With New Smartphone.)

This is probably the smartest move for Nokia as it has its hands full transitioning to Windows Phone and keeping up Symbian's waning market share in emerging markets. North America is going to be a big, relatively new focus for the handset maker, so it can't be distracted by an OS that no one -- save for the faithful few -- wanted in the first place. (See Analyst: Nokia Faces Low-End Threat and Why Windows Phone Will Beat Android.)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:56:35 PM
re: Nokia Kills Symbian in the States

Recall that Nokia is slated to provide the hybrid LTE-satellite devices for LightSquared. Could this give them a steady stream of devices that will end up under the Sprint brand. I haven't seen a hint of a device yet though, so there's that...

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