Nokia calls in Russian police to recover missing phone

In an move reminiscent of Apple's recent fiasco with the iPhone 4, Nokia sent the police after a blogger to recover an unreleased smartphone. Eldar Murtazin published a harsh review of the Nokia N8 back in April which Nokia didn't appreciate. The phone isn't scheduled to be released until August.

The day after Eldar's review Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson created a blog post titled "One of our children is missing" begging for the phones return.

"Frankly, we pride ourselves on trust at Nokia, and someone has greatly betrayed that. However, whilst we are determined to protect our intellectual property and maintain the surprise when a shiny new gadget is introduced, we are not going to do so at the expense of the working conditions we enjoy here at Nokia. We are not the Secret Police, and we want to maintain our culture of openness. We won’t let days like yesterday alter that. So now that the official news is out, we’d like our prototype back. Please."

Eldar refused to return the phone, despite Nokia asking nicely, so now several months later they have resorted to calling on the Russian police to recover the device. Nokia released a statement on their official blog,

"To be perfectly clear, we are defending our intellectual property by asking for the return of all unauthorised property in Mr. Murtazin’s possession. This is not about attacking bloggers or people who give critical reviews of our products. So as we don’t confuse the issue, while this individual does operate a blog, he is also very public about being a ‘consultant’ to other international mobile manufacturers. He has confirmed he is in possession of unauthorised Nokia prototypes and other intellectual property, and we have asked for their return."

According to Eldar's personal blog, he never formally heard from Nokia about the phone and was surprised when an officer from the Ministry of Internal Affairs showed up at his door step.

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I bet his sphincter was twitching like a rabbits nose when MIA knocked on his door. If Nokia have correspondence to prove they were in communication with him then... I would not like to be in his shoes. I'm with stupid springs to mind.

Nokia, I'mma let you finish, but I gotta say that Apple had the best "calling the legal enforcers to follow up a stolen phone prototype" of the year!

njlouch said,
Nokia, I'mma let you finish, but I gotta say that Apple had the best "calling the legal enforcers to follow up a stolen phone prototype" of the year!

You are doing it wrong.

[sarcasm] Good to see people criticizing Nokia for being "heavy-handed" and "over the top" like they did with Apple [/sarcasm]

boo_star said,
[sarcasm] Good to see people criticizing Nokia for being "heavy-handed" and "over the top" like they did with Apple [/sarcasm]

To be fair, as much as I hate Apple, I was 100% behind Apple to press charges against the iPhone theft. Yes I'll call it a theft. And I'm 100% behind this as well. When you get such a hot device before it's supposed to be released, you review it and put it up along with your name, you'll be damn sure that if you don't respond after a polite request to get it back that they will bring full force down on you.

waa waa waa Keep better track of your **** and this wouldnt happen. Besides, its probably a publicity stunt to get people interested in the phone. It worked for Apple...people are still buying the iPhone 4 left and right regardless of all its flaws.

KavazovAngel said,
"In an effort to be a little like Apple"

I stopped reading there. Neowin, what the ****?

Yup, that was totally uncalled for...

KavazovAngel said,
"In an effort to be a little like Apple"

I stopped reading there. Neowin, what the ****?

It seems Apple is first at almost everything lol

The writer should have included a reference to the Apple case, not a "smart" comment like that.

KavazovAngel said,
"In an effort to be a little like Apple"

I stopped reading there. Neowin, what the ****?

Yep, I agree. Nokia are just trying to get their phone back, there not trying to be like Apple. Who would want to be like Apple with the recent events?

Stopped reading after that line.

"In an effort to be a little like Apple,"

Yeah I'm sure that's what they were trying to do. How about in an effort to get their phone back?

thealexweb said,
You should be flattered Nokia that someone that would want a sneak preview in to one of your phones

Eh? How do you figure that? Just because Nokia isn't very popular in the US doesn't mean that it isn't in Europe. I used to work for a cell phone operator in a European country some time ago and I'm fairly sure that about 25% of the devices used (If not more) were Nokias. The popular brands there are Samsung, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson and Motorola with Nokia and Sony-Ericsson holding the top 2 spots, usually almost tied.

Metodi Mitov said,

Eh? How do you figure that? Just because Nokia isn't very popular in the US doesn't mean that it isn't in Europe. I used to work for a cell phone operator in a European country some time ago and I'm fairly sure that about 25% of the devices used (If not more) were Nokias. The popular brands there are Samsung, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson and Motorola with Nokia and Sony-Ericsson holding the top 2 spots, usually almost tied.

I don't know the situation in America, I'm telling it how it is in the UK, a Nokia is a rare sight these days.

thealexweb said,

I don't know the situation in America, I'm telling it how it is in the UK, a Nokia is a rare sight these days.


I've been in quite a few european countries, and my main phone is an old nokia 6210, and everywhere i ever been, people had a charger i could use to power it up. Almost everyone has had an nokia at some point in their lives, altho with the iphone and winmobiles its getting less and less tho.

thealexweb said,

I don't know the situation in America, I'm telling it how it is in the UK, a Nokia is a rare sight these days.

There are not a lot of nokias in Canada because blackberry takes most of us by storm
but in the US there is a fair amount, but im a proud owner of a nokia 5800 =). But i dont know how long it will be before the phone turns up.

thealexweb said,

I don't know the situation in America, I'm telling it how it is in the UK, a Nokia is a rare sight these days.

Funny how I too live in the UK, and most people I know either have a HTC or a Nokia, with there being more Nokia users than HTC.

thealexweb said,

I don't know the situation in America, I'm telling it how it is in the UK, a Nokia is a rare sight these days.

And yet, Nokia is still the biggest cellphone manufacturer. And has 44% of the world's smartphone market.

sviola said,

And yet, Nokia is still the biggest cellphone manufacturer. And has 44% of the world's smartphone market.


Nokia calls almost every phone a smartphone. As long as it supports connecting to PC, they will call it a smartphone.

sviola said,

And yet, Nokia is still the biggest cellphone manufacturer. And has 44% of the world's smartphone market.

Symbian is not a smartphone OS, never is never will be, only phones from Nokia running Maemo or MeeGo should be counted in smartphone stats. Nokia real market share in the smartphone market is probably less than a %.

Richteralan said,

ok so u think Nokia is dead because one blogger happens to quit?

wow


To be clear it's not really blogger. It's Mobile-Review.com - one of main mobile gadget site in the world. Like GSM Arena, but stays above it on leading positions.

mokthraka said,
idiot got what was coming for him

Russian and Finnish laws are not American laws. Nokia did not contact him to ask for return.
Russia is main and home market for Nokia, so they do care of course, but it's going to be very hard to do anything against him personally. Mainly what they can do is just to get back N8. But it's too late

Still he is arrogant and almost, but not fully or mentally, idiot for sure.

According to his blog he didn't see any one at his door. He was called and he will attend agency on economic crimes them tomorrow himself.

LaCydic said,
Here we go again with the missing phones -sigh-

Is it possible for the companies to use that kind of marketing tricks to gain publicity?