Feeds

Nokia sets Russian plod on blogger

Wants its phones back

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Nokia has formally requested the return of prototype phones from off-message Russian website operator Eldar Murtazin. Nokia says it doesn't want to close down the long-running site Mobile-Review, but ominously says it has asked the Russian authorities for assistance. Which means Eldar could be being getting ready for a swim in this season's least desirable fashion accessory - a concrete bathing suit.

Murtazin is the most vocal of a number of former "social media" fan sites that have deserted the Nokia cause. Once well known for his exhaustive, photo-heavy reviews of Symbian smartphones, usually translated into a unique dialect of English, Mobile Review has become sharply critical of the company, using early Nokia prototypes to illustrate his case.

Nokia has now issued a legal statement via its Conversations site:

"Several weeks back, we formally requested the return of all unauthorized Nokia property from Mr. Murtazin and he declined to respond. As a result, we have contacted the Russian authorities to assist us in the return of all unauthorised Nokia property," writes the company.

Nokia also suggests ulterior motives:

"While this individual does operate a blog, he is also very public about being a ‘consultant’ to other international mobile manufacturers… Whether Mr. Murtazin’s actions were as a blogger, or whether he is acting in the capacity of a consultant in order to provide information to his clients is an open question.

"We’re not able to comment on what would or would not happen if the unauthorised property were returned."

(The word 'glug' appeared on our page at this point - although we may have imagined this.)

Nokia N8

N8

While Nokia bends over backwards to accommodate amateur fansites, it's arguable whether it was ever worth the effort. Marketing agencies have shaken down companies for a fortune, pushing the idea that where bloggers lead, the public then follows - and so at great expense, the amateurs are coddled as lovingly as Zsa Zsa Gabor's poodle.

But the logic here is questionable, as sites typically reflect opinion rather than lead it (with the exception of other amateur sites), and a sophisticated public now takes anything on the interwebs with a large sack of salt. For example, Mobile Review posted a much-quoted and highly critical review of the company's N8 phone in April, forcing the company into a premature announcement. But it was widely ignored, and much of the criticism indeed proved to be unfounded - after recent official previews the phone has been generally well received. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.