Nokia CEO: "No indications" Microsoft is making its own phone

There have been two separate rumor stories this week that claim Microsoft is developing its own smartphone, with an eye to launch the device sometime in 2013. However, in a new interview, the head of Windows Phone partner Nokia tries to put a little cold water on those unconfirmed reports.

In a article at llThingsD.com, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said of the reports, “I have no indications they are planning to do their own phone. They can do it if they so choose.”

Elop also said that their relationship with Microsoft is complex, adding, "We have tough moments, but we get stuff done." However, Elop also seemed confident in their work relationship with Microsoft, saying"... in terms of the fundamental commitment that we made to each other — in terms of our commitment to Windows Phone, to do our very best work for them, and for them to work closely with us, minute by minute, feature by feature, we’re getting that."

Nokia launched its first Windows Phone device, the Lumia 800, in Europe in the fall of 2011. Elop admits now that the launch didn't focus on specific countries or wireless carriers, as they did with the launch of the Lumia 900 with AT&T in the US.

Elop also talked about the Surface tablet launch from Microsoft, saying, "I understand why they do Surface. They have long said that the beauty and glory is not being well landed on hardware. They are saying here is the bar; everyone has to be at least this good."

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Microsoft

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I don't see why it matters. If MS creates a phone that's only available w/o contract ($$$) from the MS store, who cares? The OEMs surely don't, since the bulk of their sales come from carriers who subsidize the phones with a contract. Not many people are willing to fork out 500+ for a phone, even though they are paying that much and more with the contract.

ahinson said,
I don't see why it matters. If MS creates a phone that's only available w/o contract ($$$) from the MS store, who cares? The OEMs surely don't, since the bulk of their sales come from carriers who subsidize the phones with a contract. Not many people are willing to fork out 500+ for a phone, even though they are paying that much and more with the contract.

You aware that outside US a lot of people buy devices out of contract, aren' t you?

Fritzly said,

You aware that outside US a lot of people buy devices out of contract, aren' t you?

I am, but from what I've read the Surface tablet and phone are only going to be available in the US and only at the MS B&M and online stores.

ahinson said,
I am, but from what I've read the Surface tablet and phone are only going to be available in the US and only at the MS B&M and online stores.

Well, almost surely they will not and, as a MS, very little, shareholder I can only be very pleased about it. The way MS marketed and made available the Zune Player is a case scenario about how to make a superior product fall.....

Well, I guess nobody expected him to confirm the rumors; still the way he commented on the subject leave the door wide open for speculations.

Fritzly said,
Well, I guess nobody expected him to confirm the rumors; still the way he commented on the subject leave the door wide open for speculations.
yeah. since he said that MS made surface to represent how good tablets should be, if they made a phone then it'd be like saying nokia phones aren't good enough

JohnCz said,
I wonder if Nokia will take a stab at redefining "beauty and glory" with their own Windows RT tablet.

I think Nokia should and will come out with a tablet and I hope they make an announcement of their own tablet based on Windows RT. Remember, nOkia made that beautiful design netbook , I see them doing the same with a tablet. They are the only OEM that I would buy a tablet from over the Surface.

I agree. Stephen is hard to trip up in interviews when asked about his rivals, his products or anything in between. He is an excellent choice for CEO for either MS or Nokia

He is correct and is on point with a reference device like the Surface to get companies going in the right direction. Don't spend millions on half-arsed designs. HTC found this out the hard way with too many designs. As you can we are moving towards a single phone for all countries instead of all these "exclusive" phones that just rebadges and renames phones per carrier instructions. It was a wasted effort and if they had admitted to that early in the Smartphone war we would have better products.

I think Elop is an awesome CEO, wish MS would have saved him to replace Balmer, he has great presentation, well spoken and I can say his intelligence shines in every interview he has ever done. Nokia will come back and Elop deserves to be given credit for it's success.