Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:34
Hi there Neowin crew.
Here is my question - it is more of a request though.
Here in South Africa, the stats currently bode very well for Nokia to remain in control of the market. Nevertheless, the focus here has been on the low end of the market. South Africa is a burgeoning market and I feel that Nokia should put its efforts into expanding its range of smartphone WP (7.8 and 8) devices here because there is clearly an opportunity for growth.
The following are the smartphone and overall mobile device stats in the country:
- There are currently 15.9m people in South Africa with a Nokia cell phone. The next most popular is Samsung, with 6.2m users. Just less than 50,000 have an iPhone. Eighty20.co.za (03/09/2012).
- Nokia and BlackBerry dominate SA smartphone market. Out of the 10million smartphones in SA, just over 4million are Nokias while 4.8million are BlackBerrys. Android runs on just about 800,000 devices while iPhones? well see fact above. MyBroadband (14/08/2012)
As you can see, we are a Nokia country.
My problem is that, as a current Symbian S60 device owner wanting to see and have a feel of the new OS that Nokia is now using, I do not see anywhere where I can experience it before I buy. Therefore my question is, why is it that Nokia is not exposing WP OS to the public here through live devices. All I see are dummy Lumia 800/900s and no one can experience the awesomeness of the new OS.
My request therefore is, please Nokia, encourage distributors (resell outlets) to display live devices so that people see and feel how good the OS is particularly the in coming version (WP8 and Win8). Everywhere there are Android devices that people can test out but none of this is available for WP7.x Nokia devices.
In short - Are we going to (or can we) see more live WP Nokia devices at retail stores (network operator and other resell shops) in South Africa?
P.S. There are iStores with at least 20 live iDevices at almost every major mall in Johannesburg.