Nokia CEO: More Windows Phones are coming

Today's a big day for Nokia, as its first Windows Phone-based device, the Lumia 800 smartphone, debut in the UK, France and other parts of Europe.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop said that it was so far, so good in terms of the response from consumers to the Lumia 800, saying, "The reaction is remarkably positive. We need to introduce the experience to consumers to get them to try it because we know once they try it they will like it."

The Lumia 800 costs about 420 Euros, while the upcoming Lumia 710 will cost 270 Euros when it is eventually launched in Europe (so far there's no official release date for either device here in the US).

Elop confirmed that Nokia will offer both more expensive and cheaper Windows Phone based devices in the future. He would not confirm reports that Nokia is working on a Windows 8-based tablet, saying only that such a product might be an "interesting opportunity."

Nokia has had problems of its own in recent months as the once dominant mobile phone manufacturer saw its market share decline, thanks in part to the rise of devices that use competing platforms. It has also moved to make large amounts of layoffs of its staff around the world.

Elop said that he has streamlined the company since coming on as CEO (he previously worked at Microsoft), claiming that five layers of management have now been done away with at the company.

Now, he says he wants to get the millions of current Nokia phone users to try out their new Windows Phone-based devices, saying, "Our highest priority is to help the Windows Phone ecosystem compete against Android."

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Majesticmerc said,
CEO of phone manufacturer claims that more phones on the way. World stunned. More at 11...

LOL Yeah, I think everyone knows there's more phones on the way. Otherwise they wouldn't BE a phone manufacturer anymore...

The best thing about the nokia deal is the presence in stores, aparently 3 in the UK failed to get the nokia devices as they wouldnt agree to the terms of sales. It seems nokia are making sure windows phone gets some real attention in stores, with deo units and decicated stands for the device - the issue has always been getting people to have a hands on play with the OS, simply looking at a picture stuck on a powered down device in a sea of android and iPhones (some powered on and playable) was always putting win phone at a disadvantage.

I see good times ahead, with the aboovve and the ooverall advertising and christmas around the corner - good times indeed.

duddit2 said,
The best thing about the nokia deal is the presence in stores, aparently 3 in the UK failed to get the nokia devices as they wouldnt agree to the terms of sales. It seems nokia are making sure windows phone gets some real attention in stores, with deo units and decicated stands for the device - the issue has always been getting people to have a hands on play with the OS, simply looking at a picture stuck on a powered down device in a sea of android and iPhones (some powered on and playable) was always putting win phone at a disadvantage.

I see good times ahead, with the aboovve and the ooverall advertising and christmas around the corner - good times indeed.

this. i have never been able to play with a windows phone 7 device in any store.

duddit2 said,
The best thing about the nokia deal is the presence in stores, aparently 3 in the UK failed to get the nokia devices as they wouldnt agree to the terms of sales. It seems nokia are making sure windows phone gets some real attention in stores, with deo units and decicated stands for the device - the issue has always been getting people to have a hands on play with the OS, simply looking at a picture stuck on a powered down device in a sea of android and iPhones (some powered on and playable) was always putting win phone at a disadvantage.

I see good times ahead, with the aboovve and the ooverall advertising and christmas around the corner - good times indeed.

Agreed. Some stores have the Windows Phones almost hidden... This is the biggest thing that's hampering adoption by far.

Julius Caro said,

this. i have never been able to play with a windows phone 7 device in any store.

O2 Had some HD7 in, I currently have one myself and got it on launch day. Although the sales assistants tried to get me to buy an Iphone 4 ... Was having none of it I was sick to death with the IOS platform and needed a new lease of life.

Lumia 900 PLEASE!!!!!!

- More Storage
- Maybe dual core although its NOT needed
- Same design as Lumia 800 because its LUSH!
- Better camera, reading some reviews on the Lumia 800 and it seems it is sub par to the N9.
- Expandable Storage?
- FFC (pretty please with a cherry on top... I want to TANGO!!! haha)

Noveed said,
Lumia 900 PLEASE!!!!!!

- More Storage
- Maybe dual core although its NOT needed
- Same design as Lumia 800 because its LUSH!
- Better camera, reading some reviews on the Lumia 800 and it seems it is sub par to the N9.
- Expandable Storage?
- FFC (pretty please with a cherry on top... I want to TANGO!!! haha)

I'd like a FFC also

I would love to purchase a Lumina 800 but when you're selling a device with only 16GB of storage and limited world wide availability why on earth would I ever bother considering such a device? Worse still I looked on the Nokia UK website and there is no option to buy an unlocked phone on prepaid - honestly, are Nokia deliberately setting themselves up to fail or something?

Mr Nom Nom's said,
I would love to purchase a Lumina 800 but when you're selling a device with only 16GB of storage and limited world wide availability why on earth would I ever bother considering such a device? Worse still I looked on the Nokia UK website and there is no option to buy an unlocked phone on prepaid - honestly, are Nokia deliberately setting themselves up to fail or something?

Just curious. How does limited world wide availability impact you if it's available where you are?