Nokia snubs UK with N9
No plans to bring contractual obligation phone
It might well be the best phone the beleaguered company launches in 2011 - but Nokia won't be bringing its shiny new N9 to the UK.
"There are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present," the company confirmed to a blog today.
Two years ago Nokia anointed its Linux platform MeeGo (originally called Maemo, before a destablising merger with Intel's Moblin) as the basis for all its future high-end phones, but it's since become one of the biggest casualties of the revolution ushered in by new CEO Stephen Elop. In February it was sidelined as a research project. It continues to be fed scraps in the attic, but perhaps not for much longer.
"MeeGo had been the collective hope of the company, and we'd come to the conclusion that the emperor had no clothes. It's not a nice thing," Elop told a Business Week reporter.
Yet in February Elop did commit Nokia to release one MeeGo-ish phone, and it was formally unveiled in June, with specifications, performance and a new UI far superior to anything Nokia has thus far had to offer. That means it ought to command a premium - Nokia has been giving away phones at or below cost this year.
Elop has reiterated that anything that detracts focus from the Windows strategy is a bad thing, and MeeGo will only be launched in emerging markets. You can see the logic, but it's tough on DIY enthusiasts. Nokia has pulled out of the USA and Japan in any case so you soon won't be able to find a Nokia of any flavour there.
Expect to have to look hard for an N9, and in the dodgy grey channels. ®
Fixed it for ya.
Microsoft tells Nokia they can't sell the N9 to anywhere that might be stupid enough to buy a Windows Phone 7, as the N9 will make the WinMo7 phones look even crappier than they already are...
I would love to see the memo that drove this idiotic decision.
Everything Nokia does these days is epic failure. R.I.P.
Bah! The N950 developer version of the N9 is *really* nice to code for. Obviously Nokia management do not want customers. Soon I fear their dreams will come true.
the man is an idiot
The best phone they have made for years and they aren't going to sell it in the markets which can support expensive data hungry smart phones the best? Forget phones, Elop has Nokia making vapoueware.