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Euronews: Nokia Unveils Windows PhonesEuronews: Nokia Unveils Windows Phones

In today's EMEA roundup: Nokia World sees the debut of the vendor's make-or-break smartphones, while there's anti-trust trouble in Iberia

Paul Rainford

October 26, 2011

2 Min Read
Euronews: Nokia Unveils Windows Phones

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) strut their stuff in today's canter through the EMEA headlines.

  • It's Day 1 of Nokia World, and it's make-or-break time as the Finnish giant's new Windows smartphones come out of their traps. The flagship phone is the Lumia 800, which is very similar in design to the recently launched N9, while the Lumia 710 is the more "affordable" model. Both are based on the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system (dubbed "Mango"), and they will offer a range of new services, including Drive (a navigation system), Mix Radio (a music streaming service based on pre-set playlists) and ESPN Sports Hub (a sports information service), among other things. OK, bloggers, now get to work ... we want a consensus by lunchtime. (See Nokia Ships First Windows Phone to Europe , Nokia Launches Windows Phones, Nokia Has to Rock Its World and Nokia Puts Microsoft Strategy Into Action .)

    • Telefónica and Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT) have been rapped on the knuckles by European regulators for their agreement not to compete against each other in the Iberian market, reports Reuters. The verdict from Brussels was that the agreement "hinders competition in breach of EU antitrust rules that prohibit restrictive business practices" and is therefore illegal. (See Telefonica Takes $3.8B Hit .)

      • France Telecom and advertising giant Publicis are to set up a venture-capital fund for European technology startups, reports Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources. The pot of money up for grabs could be larger than €100 million (US$139 million).

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins, Paul has worked as a copy editor and sometime writer since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the nougthies he took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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