Nokia boosts web services plan with Trolltech buy

Finnish handset giant Nokia moved to acquire Scandinavian mobile Linux developer Trolltech on Monday, further boosting its internet services business. At the heart of the deal is Trolltech’s Qt cross platform application framework, which will allow the Finnish firm to further develop its online services strategy. With Trolltech on board, Nokia and third party developers […]

Nokia profits soar 67% in 2007

Finnish vendor Nokia posted happy financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2007 on Thursday, racking up a 67 per cent increase in profit for the year. Net income reached Eur7.2bn in 2007, compared to Eur4.3bn in 2006, while revenues for the year jumped 24 per cent to Eur51bn even as the company […]

Over 15,000 protest against Nokia’s German exit

Over 15,000 people took to the streets in protest against the closure of Nokia’s German handset plant on Tuesday, according to police estimates. The march took place at the plant’s location in Bochum, in the industrial district of the Ruhr region of Germany. Nokia’s decision to close the handset manufacturing plant and make up to […]

Nokia thinking of befriending Facebook

The big rumour doing the rounds this week is that Finnish handset giant Nokia is looking to buy a stake in social networking website Facebook. Although Nokia is cultivating its own social networking site, Mosh, as part of its Ovi mobile services initiative, it appears that a deal is underway that will see Facebook plastered […]

Nokia faces backlash over German plant closure

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has sparked a political backlash over plans to close a handset manufacturing plant in Germany and make up to 2,300 workers redundant. Last week, the company said that it will discontinue the production of mobile devices and close its Bochum site by mid-year. Nokia said that Germany has become too expensive […]

Nokia slashes 2,300 jobs, closes German factory

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said Tuesday that it will discontinue the production of mobile devices in Germany and close its Bochum site by mid-year. The closure of the facility will see jobs cuts by approximately 2,300, as the company moves manufacturing operations to cheaper European sites. Nokia will also cease other non-production activities at the […]

Nokia Siemens wins $1bn Saudi contract

It’s a happy new year for Nokia, as the Finnish vendor said Monday that it has bagged a $1bn contract to deliver kit and services to Saudi Arabian operator Zain. Nokia Siemens Networks said it has been tapped to supply a full turnkey 2G and 3G mobile network, including core and radio networks, operations and […]

Nokia N-Gage returns next week

Leading handset vendor Nokia said Thursday that its ill fated N-Gage platform will be making a comeback next week. Owners of the Nokia N81 and N81 8GB will have exclusive access to a pre-release version of the N-Gage application and one or more N-Gage games, the vendor said. Nokia will also be opening up its […]

Nokia gets one over on Qualcomm

Finnish handset maker Nokia claimed a victory over US chip shop Qualcomm on Wednesday, as the US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a ruling that Nokia had not infringed three Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm filed suit against Nokia in 2006, alleging Nokia’s infringement on six patents. But the US chip vendor voluntarily withdrew three of the […]

Nokia unveils ad funded video service

Not content with putting the terrors on the operator community by rolling out its own music services, Nokia is provoking its customers further with an ad supported video service released this week. On Monday, Nokia announced a video service called Medeo, which focuses on delivering red carpet news, movie star interviews, film trailers and fashion […]

Nokia expects strong growth in emerging markets

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, said Tuesday that it expects industry mobile device volumes in 2008 to grow approximately 10 per cent, from the estimated 1.1 billion units shipped in 2007. Speaking at the manufacturer’s annual investor event in the Netherlands on Tuesday, Nokia president and CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, said he expected this growth […]

Nokia promises users music they can keep

Finnish vendor Nokia announced an extension of its mobile music platform on Tuesday, with the unveiling of a subscription service that allows users to keep their music. At its annual investor day in the Netherlands, Nokia announced its ‘Comes With Music’ platform, that enables people to buy a Nokia device with a year of unlimited […]

NFC handsets coming to London Underground

London Underground users are expected to be able to use mobile handsets as electronic train tickets in the very near future, as Transport for London (Tfl) and handset partner Nokia prepare to go commercial with a Near Field Communication (NFC) device. An NFC handset would incorporate the Oyster ‘swipe card’ used by millions of Londoners […]

Nokia gets Kylie before rest of world

Finnish manufacturer Nokia has scored something of a coup with its newly launched Music Store, bagging the rights to sell the forthcoming Kylie album before it goes on general release. Described as “the most anticipated album of the year”, ‘X’ by Kylie will be exclusively available to download from the Nokia Music Store on November […]

Qualcomm scores minor patent victory

The already clouded waters of cellular technology patent disputes were muddied further on Wednesday, when US chip shop Qualcomm scored a minor victory against Nokia. This week, the District Court in The Hague dismissed a complaint filed by Nokia seeking to limit Qualcomm’s intellectual property rights. Tensions between the two firms have been strained since […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

Nokia still friends with Google after Android incident

The world’s leading handset vendor has extended a warm welcome to the newest member of the mobile handset operating system family, Android, and its accompanying alliance of Linux-loving supporters. Despite being noticeably absent from the lineup of the Open Handset Alliance, inaugurated on Monday, Nokia told that its and Google’s strategies are not that […]

Mobile music gauntlet goes down

The battle for mobile music market share started in earnest in the UK on Thursday, as both Vodafone and Nokia unveiled their offerings. Vodafone has struck an exclusive agreement with mobile music shop Omnifone to offer unlimited track downloads, straight to the mobile, for just £1.99 per week. The MusicStation platform, which launched Thursday, gives […]

Nokia makes demands of social networkers

Finnish vendor Nokia put a new spin on the User Generated Content (UGC) phenomenon on Tuesday, with an addition to its own social network, Mosh. Where the Mosh environment allows users to communicate and share their content, the Seek feature allows users to make requests for content not yet available. “Seek allows Mosh users to […]

Boingo bounces onto wifi handsets

Wifi hotspot operator Boingo Wireless has revised its tariffs and introduced a cheaper price plan for those who just want wifi on their phones. Boingo Mobile allows user of selected Nokia devices to automatically connect to Boingo’s network worldwide for $7.95/Eur5.95/£3.95 per month. The application works with selected Nokia S60-based smartphones and its Linux-based internet […]

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