Nokia to stop selling Symbian phones in North America

Nokia's much hyped move to launch smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system is going to happen sometime this fall. But before that happens, Nokia will stop selling its feature phones and phones based on its own Symbian in-house OS in the US and Canada. In a chat with AllThingsDigital.com, Nokia president Chris Weber said, "When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc. It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere)."

It does sound like Nokia is pretty much going all in with its commitment with both Microsoft and with Windows Phone 7. In fact, Weber says that Nokia plans a massive marketing campaign to help sell its first Windows Phone 7 devices. He says, "Without getting into numbers, it is significantly larger than anything we have done in the past and the most we will invest in any market worldwide. They are putting their money where their mouth is."

While Nokia is prepping for its Windows Phone 7 launch in the States, a phone that is supposed to be launched in Europe won't be sold here in the US after all. Engadget reports that the N9, which uses the MeeGoo operating system, won't make it here in the US. The article also has speculation that the N9 might not be released in the UK as well.

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Thank you Nokia. And good-bye.
Symbian was the synonime of smartphone few years back. How could they turn this into such a crap?

trumphil said,
Thank you Nokia. And good-bye.
Symbian was the synonime of smartphone few years back. How could they turn this into such a crap?

Not in North America. We've always seen Nokia as feature phone. With features approaching Smartphone like capability.

This is a good thing. Why bother investing in shipping what is essentially landfill fodder to a continent with no desire to purchase.

Seems like this is a report of, hello captain obvious. We're (Nokia) realizing where are strengths are and focusing business efforts there.

This was bound to come. Symbian is a nice stable OS(efficient in battery and low power processing) but with keeping trendy with the other OSes is hard now. Recently a Symbian update "Belle" came on youtube showing some revamping of the OS!

People stopped buying symmbian phones... so now "Nokia to stop selling symbian phones"

They didnt have a choice....

at least symbian has proper support for non-latin languages rest of the world unlike WP7 lazy Microsoft

* patiently waiting for RTL/rich language support *

Still this is one step closer to the end for symbian. agreed though, symbian did have potential, it didn't need those octacore chips to run smooth like new smartphones nowadays

Hell, it isn't like they ever sold much Symbian based stuff here in the first place. Yeah, I know Nokia is big in Europe, South America, and some other places, but here in the US they are primarily known as the makers of the throwaway phones that you get for next to nothing on most prepaid plans from AT&T and T-Mobile.

roadwarrior said,
Hell, it isn't like they ever sold much Symbian based stuff here in the first place. Yeah, I know Nokia is big in Europe, South America, and some other places, but here in the US they are primarily known as the makers of the throwaway phones that you get for next to nothing on most prepaid plans from AT&T and T-Mobile.

Nokia isn't even that big in Europe - I don't remember the last time I saw a Nokia phone or ad, be it in Switzerland, France or Italy.

Nice move...Symbian is old and the only reason why someone should keep it alive is because it is the only OS that has been developed in Europe...but Nokia should also go the MeeGo way...i have no Idea why they are not going 2 ways, one is WP7 and the other one is MeeGo to replace the Linux und Qt based Symbian.

sweatshopking said,

symbian blows. wp7 is better.

The switch is a recipe for disaster. WP7 blows, and the almost inexistent user base to date has demonstrated this fact.

sweatshopking said,

symbian blows. wp7 is better.

The switch is a recipe for disaster. WP7 blows, and the almost inexistent user base to date has demonstrated this fact.