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White Nokia Lumia 900 Available for Pre-Order!

by GULLIVER - on Feb 8th 2012 - No Comments

Though the Nokia Lumia 900 is only the third Windows Phone-powered smartphone of the company, no one will deny it’s the most talked. Why? Because the US smartphone market is the most important one and the Lumia 900 has been announced with AT&T branding and LTE support. But no one could imagine we would soon get our hands on the white version of this device. I can’t recall at least one word hinting at the white Lumia 900, can you? However, I love Nokia and seems it loves me too — you can pre-order the white Nokia Lumia 900 at Microsoft stores now.

The Nokia Lumia 900 will be launched in the US on March 18 at a price tag of $99.99. It’s great considering that other markets, and especially the UK market will be given a chance to offer it only in June. Thus for a rather long time US customers will be the sole and lucky owners of the Lumia 900. Moreover, Microsoft has already started getting pre-orders for the device.

So hurry to the nearest Microsoft store and pre-order your own unit (I guess the white one) and let us know whether the company is getting pre-orders at $150 – $200 as it is rumored.


Nokia Lumia 900 Available for Pre-order

by GULLIVER - on Feb 3rd 2012 - No Comments

No secret Nokia will launch its second Windows Phone in the US via AT&T, but nobody knows when exactly and at what price. We are talking about the Nokia Lumia 900, which is rumored to land on March 18 at $99.99 with a two-year contract. Things have gotten hotter as the phone is now available for pre-order.

The US will be the first country to greet Nokia’s first Windows Phone-packed LTE-enabled handset. The exclusive carrier will be AT&T, though some rumors say this exclusiveness will last for only a short period. Moreover, the same source mentioned the next carrier to offer the Lumia 900 will be T-Mobile. Most likely later on other carriers will join the marathon as well. Other than that, the Lumia 900 will be released in the UK, but the release is rumored to be scheduled for summer, so we assume other European countries will not get the phone earlier than this date.

What do we have? In a couple of months AT&T will launch the improved version of the Lumia 800 (if we can say so) at a quite affordable price. But if you want to be the first to get your hands on it, hurry to the closest Microsoft store and pre-order your own unit for $25, which will be included in the phone’s price later (when the final price tag is confirmed). You can choose the black or cyan Lumia 900 (you are required to pick your color option in advance).

We can’t say why the pre-orders are taken only by Microsoft stores and why the offer is not available online, but we believe it’s related to the uncertainty regarding the phone’s launch date and pricing.


Apollo Will Bring IPv6 Support for Nokia Windows Phone Handsets

by GULLIVER - on Jan 31st 2012 - No Comments

That’s not a secret the IPv4 networks are being changed to the IPv6-only networks, but as it has been awaited this process is not without pain. As for Nokia, it has almost completely switched to Windows Phone OS and geeks require more and more improvements and alternatives from the latter. Talking honestly, Microsoft and Nokia are doing their best to be a good alternative for all those users who want something different from Android and iOS. Unfortunately, at the moment Windows Phone doesn’t provide all necessary features they want. At first it refers to IPv6-only feature, but it seems the help is coming and with the launch of Windows Phone Apollo everything will be put in its places.

As the leaked Nokia presentation says, Windows Phone users will have to wait for Apollo update to be able to connect to IPv6-only networks. I think you have not forgotten when in the middle of last year it was rumored, Mango would come with IPv6 support, but in practice on IPv6-only networks Windows Phones are not able to get IP addresses. Of course, this was a big disappointment and as it seen from the picture provided by WMPowereuser while IPv6 support is very variable, Windows Phone doesn’t boast of its support amongst the major and not so major operating systems.

Well, it is awaited many changes will come this year, and tech world is waiting for the complete change from IPv4 to IPv6-only networks, therefore if Nokia wants to stay on the top, it must work hard, which I don’t doubt at all.

Microsoft Paid Nokia $250 Million for Promoting WP Devices

by GULLIVER - on Jan 27th 2012 - No Comments

So you thought that Nokia was so kind as to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS on its glossy Finnish smartphones just for fun? How about the fact that Microsoft had actually paid Nokia to nearly ditch its native Symbian OS and start using WP? Turns out Microsoft had paid Nokia $250 million for the Q4 alone to strike this deal. The two companies always refuse to disclose any figures announcing only that Nokia will receive “significant investments.”

The number disclosed will not be the final one, but let’s not assume at one that Microsoft did nothing else than “bribe” Nokia to use WP OS. This was an agreement, which was mutually beneficial. Nokia announced, “Our broad strategic agreement with Microsoft includes platform support payments from Microsoft to us as well as software royalty payments from us to Microsoft. We have a competitive software royalty structure, which includes minimum software royalty commitments.” So this means after getting the go to use the WP OS, Nokia in its turn will start paying Microsoft royalties for each Nokia unit with WP. This seems to be fair.

Though the exact figure of royalties to be paid is not clear, it is known that it will be significantly less than what HTC and Samsung are paying Microsoft for using WP on their handsets.


Nokia Denies Again Microsoft will Buy it

by GULLIVER - on Jan 9th 2012 - No Comments

From the smartphone headlines in 2011 a significant amount was dedicated to the possible merge of Nokia with Microsoft. It is not clear when exactly those stories originated but the world is now in suspense as to what will eventually happen. It should be stressed Nokia had officially denied the authenticity of such negotiations, but at the same time the meetings of Nokia’s high executives with their Microsoft colleagues continued.

It has already become kind of a tradition to post an article about Nokia/Microsoft union, after which Nokia promptly denies such talks. A Russian journalist/blogger Eldar Murtazin is particularly specialized in posting similar posts. Murtazin announced several times in various sources Nokia as a brand is going to die even if it is bought by Microsoft. Murtazin claims Nokia adopted a wrong strategy back in 2008 and from that time on is only surviving somehow. He even says Nokia accused him of stealing something from the company, but he was subsequently cleared of any charges. The tech analyst claims further that time will show his being right and that Nokia will at most transform itself into a manufacturer of cheap and low quality gadgets.

Nokia in its turn confirms there are talks between the Finnish company and Microsoft, but these are negotiations in the framework of Windows OS cooperation. Evidently, Nokia would not reveal its true intentions if it was going to offer itself for purchase to Microsoft, and this year in this sense will be decisive.


Microsoft to Launch SMS Bug Fix Soon

by GULLIVER - on Dec 29th 2011 - No Comments

Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS has its own bugs like any other platform. Currently this operating system is growing very fast and do not be surprised if it will overtake Android and iOS in the near future. However, let’s go back to the bugs of Windows Phone, because nowadays there are reports claiming it has a fatal sms flaw.

This is not a something new, as users have been suffering of this problem for a few weeks. It was discovered by Khaled Salameh and when Microsoft was informed about it, the company said they would take it into consideration. Fortunately, some time later Microsoft announced they already found the solution and are working on it.

While some users may not pay an appropriate attention to it, the rest of them know the taste of it. On the whole, it was so; when a user sends a certain string of text as an SMS message, Facebook Chat message, or Windows Live message to a Windows Phone 7.5 device, the phone shuts down itself. But the trouble doesn’t end on this way; after restarting the phone, the Messaging hub wouldn’t reply at all. So users have to reset all settings.

Now the company has developed a fix that is being tested, which means when it is completely ready for the launch, users will receive an appropriate notification. This is good, but when it will happen—no words.

Microsoft and Nokia May Buy BlackBerry Maker

by GULLIVER - on Dec 22nd 2011 - No Comments

BlackBerry manufacturer RIM is clearly struggling these days and there are talks the Canadian company will eventually agree to lucrative acquisition offers. There were rumors already that Amazon was interested in the RIM, but that seems to be a part of history now as new rumors say Microsoft and Nokia want to jointly bid for the RIM ownership.

The two companies are holding continuous talks with the RIM executives, but the very details of informal negotiations are still uncertain. The only basis to suppose the RIM would agree to acquisition bids is that the company is finding it more and more difficult to stay on top amid such a huge competition among the leading smartphone manufactures. The RIM seems to be losing a significant part of its once so loyal customers, besides the company’s stock was in a continuous downfall this year. Moreover, Windows Phones and Android have become now so popular that BlackBerry OS is in danger to be called obsolete.

Even if no takeover option is discussed, the RIM would definitely love to cooperate now with Microsoft and Nokia — in May it became known the BlackBerry smartphones will be using Bing search engines for web searches. Bing even was to be incorporated on the operating system level. While Microsoft may be interested in merely software cooperation, Nokia would be happier if it could use Microsoft to jointly take over the RIM.


Danske Bank Says Microsoft Will Buy Nokia in 2012

by GULLIVER - on Dec 15th 2011 - No Comments

In May there were rumors on the web that Nokia and Microsoft are in the process of negotiations in view of Nokia selling its phone making division shares to Microsoft. At that time these talks seemed to be of a fantasy field and besides, Nokia quickly denied any plans to sell itself to Microsoft. Several times such rumors used to appear in this or that form, especially after Nokia and Microsoft started cooperation in the deal with Windows Phone OS. Now these rumors resurfaced but with more grounds to believe we are dealing with something more than just rumors.

This time Denmark’s largest bank, Danske Bank has sent a report to its clients telling them Nokia is going to sell its smartphone producing division to Microsoft in the first half of 2012. Consequently, Nokia’s shares rise for more than 3% after these statements. But again no official announcement has come from Nokia itself.

We have more bases to believe this can actually happen since such a serious organization as Danske Bank had some real information for sending such a report and especially there is already a precedent when a software making company acquires a hardware making company (for example Google’s buying of Motorola). So let’s wait and see what will happen.


Why Suddenly US Starts Loving Nokia?

by GULLIVER - on Dec 2nd 2011 - No Comments

Superheroes always have their anti-heroes, otherwise their existence becomes senseless. Recall any comics and you’ll see there are always super heroes loved by everyone and evil heroes rejected by the public. And when the main hero triumphs over, the story ends, because the hero can’t go on without a competition — that’s the credo of his life. The same thing happened with Finnish mobile manufacturer, Nokia. This company was leading in all phone markets and lost its glory. At the moment it’s difficult to imagine Nokia was once popular in the US, but it was so and US senior citizens will confirm my words. Anyway, it’s never easy to permanently dethrone a king unless you decapitate him, as he can always come back and turn everything over.

As you guessed, Nokia popped off because it was alone in the long run, in other words Nokia began dying as it always happens with superheroes. Years passed and the public came up with new heroes calling them Apple and Android. Many people started to worship them and many people found a new embodiment of God in them (forgetting their former idol, Nokia).

Apple and Android are the right mapping of our times; the Cupertino-based company is controlling everything in its activity, inside the company everything is planned in details and all people obey. In short, Apple is a perfect example of discipline. On the other hand, we are dealing with Google, which is known for its democratic views, and involves people by its openness. In practice, such projects always succeed and Android wasn’t an exception. As a result Google’s mobile operating system dominates the market and has already conquered half of the world.

Small companies try to preserve their existence in this panorama, and manage to stand the competition. But on the whole, big companies take the lion part. The same was with Nokia (though we can’t call it “a small company,” in this case its popularity doesn’t mean anything). And in the last few years the “once most popular mobile brand in the world” was not being able to get back its glory. Want it or not, Nokia’s back, and people have already started consuming Mango instead of Apple and sweetmeats.

Chapter 1: Discovering the tumor

Yes, Nokia spared no effort to find out why US smartphone users dislike this brand. If this “disliking” referred to the US and only the company would probably decide to leave it in peace and focus on other regions. Sadly though, the tumor spread and the countries where Nokia was once a leader began denying Nokia products.

Nokia forgave its competitors for all these losses, but when European mobile operators started preferring Android- and iOS-based smartphones, Nokia decided to act, i.e. take certain steps. By “steps” I mean the decision Nokia had to make concerning the choice of the operating system its handsets should run to win the battle.

This was the question of the day, because Nokia realized its main problems come from Symbian^3, while it was thought to be the key feature of Nokia smartphones. Beyond doubt, it was hard for Nokia to ban its native platform and choose another one. Moreover, it had a limited choice — either Android or Windows Phone. We even didn’t discuss iOS, because Apple will rather dig its own grave than share iOS with anyone. Well, many people thought Nokia tended to merge with Android — this would be the biggest coalition in the mobile history. But Nokia, as always, preferred to attack on different fronts at a time. (Such a strategy always makes a panic among enemies.) It worked. Nokia decided to treat the disease using several methods simultaneously.

Chapter 2: Getting rid of the disease

Before that Nokia had invited Stephen Elop, who was the president of the Microsoft Business Division at that time. This person is known for his “plain mind’ and the ability to make right decisions in difficult situations. Nokia haters called Elop a mole and assumed he agreed to take up that position to sell the Finnish company to Microsoft.

In contrary to this, Elop sold his shares of Microsoft and completely got involved in Nokia’s problem. There was no time and the “doctor” had to start the surgery immediately. He started.

While many fake friends were waiting for Nokia’s death, those who sincerely believed in Nokia knew it’ll come back.

Secondly, Nokia (no, starting here we must say Stephen Elop) analyzed the opportunities of both operating systems and came to a conclusion Android devices act and look the same. So if Nokia had chosen Google, it’d become the next bucket filling water into Google’s mill. Microsoft was in a more beneficial position as there were no many manufacturers cooperating with it and Nokia had all chances to become its main partner. I guess you understand what it means. Finally their negotiations successfully ended and the world saw one of the biggest unions.

This announcement was made back in April and from that time on the entire mobile world (including Nokia fans) didn’t believe the Finnish company could succeed. Sometimes it seems to me I was the only one who believed in Nokia (not being devoted to it at all).

Now you probably think I’ll say Nokia launched the Lumia 800 and the story ends. I must disappoint you, as Nokia was slier — it announced the Nokia N9. A phone with a stunning and buttonless design, but with one “defect.” A defect called MeeGo. Of course, this is a pretty nice platform, but MeeGo didn’t have future and the N9 is the first and the last smartphone with this operating system. Geeks were gradually getting interested in what phone the whole world was talking about, and wondered when it would be launched. Well, Nokia announced the list where its new flagship should appear. There was joy all around, but many people were more happy for another thing — they wanted this phone to “criticize” Nokia’s product once again. But it didn’t happen as Nokia turned out to be smarter and left out a lot of countries from that  list. As a result, the Nokia N9 went only to those countries, where Nokia remained a leader. Almost the whole Europe and the US were looking forward to the day Nokia would launch the phone in their territory, while Nokia was firm in its decision.

When almost all conversations stopped about why Nokia isn’t offering the N9 in their countries, the company announced its first Windows Phone Mango-flavored design, the Nokia Lumia 800, a phone with the same appearance as the N9, but with Mango inside. Yes, Nokia blew all minds up.

The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 are smartphones in which nobody can pick holes. They are unique in terms of design and exceed many other smartphones on the market. Plus, WP Mango has come with many improvements and even Android lovers accept the huge job Microsoft developers have done.

Having a perfect product (I mean a high-end smartphone with a perfect OS) both companies started its promotion. I have no wish to introduce sales numbers in the UK or in other countries where this handset is launched, because you know it better than me, but I want to note — Nokia didn’t launch the Lumia 800 in the US. Caprice? Call it however you want, I think this is the most correct strategy — you do not like Nokia, so it’s OK, right?

Chapter 3: New life

Many geeks used to think Nokia has a goal to snatch Android and iOS users, but Stephen Elop is smarter than you think, guys. To clarify the situation, Stephen Elop announced Nokia is aimed at first-time users. Let each platform remain with its users, Nokia will attract those who will hold smartphones in their hands for the first time in their life. Do you know what happened? The second biggest carrier in the US is already in negotiations with Nokia and most likely will offer the Lumia 900 4G next year. Yup, Nokia hit the target!

Plus, Nokia is actively working on Symbian and it will soon launch Belle update. MeeGo is not forgotten as well, and though there are rumors we’ll see other devices running this OS, the N9 remains very popular. Moreover, it has already got PR1.2 update. Not that cool?

Totally, Nokia didn’t make real changes in its devices. I mean if you look at the posts where Nokia’s old and new handsets are compared with the best products on the market, you’ll see their key features are almost the same. They are the following:

  • Stunning style
  • Beautiful screen
  • Great camera
  • Integrated social networking
  • Bing Music
  • Easy browsing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Free sat-nav
  • Powerhouse performance
  • ample storage.

So what can US consumers say against the Nokia Lumia 800? I guess you’ll keep silent, folks, because this handset is perfect.

Huge Nokia Lumia 800: Myriad of Videos

by GULLIVER - on Nov 30th 2011 - No Comments

A week ago we informed you Nokia was planning to construct a huge Lumia 800 using London’s Millbank Tower. It was planned on November 28. This amazing event took place, and we decided to wait a couple of days to collect many videos. Now that we have a sufficient number of videos, time has come to share them with you.

Hopefully  many of you were there, or watched the live stream, because we don’t have the chance to witness such things every day. I talked to many people who watched the show, and they all think it was amazing, but short. The actual event lasted half an hour and the main 4D stuff was 4 minutes. Obviously, such shows can’t last long as a huge number of people and resources are involved. This is true especially if we consider the financial side.

This is a great marketing step, and I guess it cost Nokia and Microsoft much, but as you know Microsoft spares no money on promoting its Windows Phone OS. Well, this is the case when words are very unnecessary, so I recommend that you watch all the videos below.