Nokia: Up to Carriers if N9 Gets Sold in the US, UK But Carriers Prefer Windows PhoneAugust 12, 2011 No Comments
We recently wrote an article stating that Nokia’sÂ first MeeGo device the N9 wouldn’t be coming stateside nor the UK. It seems that the decision is not only theirs to make. JBT at jedibeeftrix wrote an email to Stephen Elop asking about the availability of the N9. He is reporting that Stephen Elop answered him back (it is a well known fact that either Elop or an associate answer a few emails if directed at him). Elop (Nokia) answered back stating that carriers are the ones who choose what phones they make available and to what countries. He also stated that carriers prefer Windows Phone instead of Symbian or Meego in the US and UK.
Take a look at the whole conversation that took place.
JBT: Please understand that I am not writing to you to rant about the WP7 direction, I accept the fact that Nokia did not believe Meego would bring them the level of success deemed necessary, rather I am worried that Nokiaâ€™s WP7 marketing strategy will prevent me from acquiring a Nokia N9 on a typical carrier subsidised contract within the UK. I have no doubt that I will be able to buy an N9 from etailers such as Play.com, etc, but the N900which I have happily used since its UK launch was Â£450 sim-free when it arrived, whereas my T-mobile contract with an unlocked handset was Â£110 upfront followed by eighteen payments of Â£20, or Â£470 in total. I am very keen to own and use a Nokia N9 but question why, in the UK, I would willingly pay the RRP for a phone when I can get it along with eighteen months of calls, texts and internet for Â£20 more. I understand that you would urge me to have a closer look at Nokiaâ€™s new, and no doubt innovative, WP7 handsets that will be arriving in the near future, but I remain uninterested in them just as I remain uninterested in iPhones or Android phones. I merely seek reassurance that Nokiaâ€™s UK product support for the N9 will not preclude UK carriers from offering this handset on
contract? If you can offer this reassurance then I will be a very happy person, and can promise to remain a happy Nokia customer for years to come.
ELOP: Hello there, I canâ€™t comment on what specific operators may or may not do in each country â€“ many of those decisions are happening right now for the latter part of the year. In all cases, the operators will make decisions about which products will be made available, with which rate plans, etc.Â Each operator in each country only has so many â€œslotsâ€, and they divide those up between ourselves and our competitors, and within Nokia they can mix between N9, Windows Phone, Symbian, etc.Â Right now, many of the larger operators are showing a strong preference towards WPâ€¦
JBT: Thank you very much for the swift reply, it is greatly appreciated. Just to quickly clarify; do I understand correctly that the availability of N9 handsets on carrier-contracts in the UK will be determined by carrier interest in the N9, vis-a-vis other Nokia smartphone handsets, and not by Nokia themselves?
I am quite content that the N9 compete for the attention of carriers.
ELOP: Ultimately, the operator makes all decisions about which products they make available.