Nokia is counting down the days before it stops selling feature phones and Symbian-based smartphones in North America and moves into its Windows Phone future.
Until now the company had sold these phones directly to consumers in the United States and Canada, meaning they had to be purchased without the commonplace carrier subsidies. Its most recent attempt to reach a carrier deal was with AT&T, which fell through when Nokia decided its X7 Symbian-based smartphone (pictured) would not receive good enough marketing and subsidies support.
In an interview with AllThingsD, Nokia Inc. president Chris Weber said the company now was going to concentrate everything on Windows Phones.
“When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.,” he said. “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].”
The moves are part of a series of changes that Nokia has made since Weber assumed the top U.S. post in February. Like Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Weber came from Microsoft, where he most recently headed enterprise sales.
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