Nokia thus far has seen little commercial success with first devices born out of their Windows Phone partnership with Microsoft, such as the hyped Lumia lineup. Apparently some Nokia executives are beginning to question the decision to hedge their bets on Microsoft’s otherwise cool and smooth Windows Phone operating system and the forthcoming Windows 8.

But what if Windows 8 – the first major release to scale from smartphones to tablets to big screens – doesn’t live up to high expectations? Where does that leave Nokia, the once leading cell phone vendor now on the increasingly similar downward spiral like Canada-based Research In Motion, another telecom on its way to the technology graveyard?

Zack Whittaker, reporting for CNET:

Speaking on his debut television appearance, F-Secure’s founder and former chief executive Risto Siilasmaa, who became Nokia’s board chairman in May, defended the move to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which replaced the ailing Symbian operating system last year.

But he said Nokia has a “contingency plan” should the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 “fail to live up to expectations,” according to a report by Finnish newspaper Yle Uutiset.

It goes without saying that Nokia and other big companies have contingency plans in place for different scenarios.

Still, it is a little unusual to hint at your plan B publicly just as you’re in the middle of a major platform transition. I imagine the comment upset Microsoft, unless it was made purposefully – to subtly remind Redmond that it must double down on Windows 8.

Maybe NetApplications’ numbers scared Nokia executives? According to the analytics firm, Windows Phone had only 0.61 percent of the marketshare in July. That’s more like a rounding error than a market share.

A leaked Microsoft Research presentation suggest a curved Windows Phone soft keyboard for one-thumb typing. Credit:

I think Nokia’s plan B could call for Android, but that would be like signing own death warrant. Competition in the Android camp is ruthless, there are plenty devices covering all price points, tastest, shapes and sizes.

If I were Nokia, I’d wait until RIM becomes toast and they buy their BlackBerry software and hardware divisions for peanuts, see that the teams finish work on BlackBery 10 and just flood the market with a bunch of BB10-powered smartphones to see what sticks.

Unfortunately, time is running out for Nokia.

The company has certainly seen better days. At this point, I wouldn’t be willing to place bets on their survival in the marketplace. Realistically, I think Microsoft is already putting a little money aside to buy Nokia when just before it crashes completely.

Nokia’s been reporting quarterly losses amid iPhone and Android competition, all the while failing to produce an answer to Apple’s device.

As a result, the once great company said it will lay off 10,000 employees globally by the end of 2013 and shutter research and development facilities in Burnaby, Canada and Ulm, Germany, along with a manufacturing plant in Salo, Finland.

If I were Microsoft, I would immediately give a buzz to Nokia’s Stephen Elop and yell at him,”hey buddy, way to go with that plan B news spoiling my Monday morning!”


  • Siv

    Blackberry OS is a fail, I doubt Nokia will be hedging their bets on them.

    Jelly Bean OS in the beautiful body of a Nokia Lumia 900? Now THAT I’ll sign up for!

  • jose castro

    nokia sucks, blackberry sucks… androids alright… apple is great only when it comes to jailbreaking ;P

  • Aleksander Azizi

    Not to be rude or anything, but isn’t iDB about Apple and iOS stuff ?
    How come i see more and more about Nokia and Android here ?Personally i don’t give crap about Nokia or Android, thats why i love iDB, please don’t change that.
    (For those who do care about Nokia and Android, good for you but i Personally don’t)

    • Binary_Stalker

      Good thing you’re not forced to read it.

    • mutethoughts

      It’s here because it’s relevant, Apple’s products are made with their competition in mind if Android and Windows weren’t around we probably would not have features currently in iOS. Competition encourages inovation, I just hope Apple doesn’t get comfortable like RIM & Nokia did they already came back from the grave once but next time Steve (may he rest in peace) won’t be there to save them.

    • Siv

      Ignorance amongst Apple fanboys. Now there’s a surprise.

      • Aleksander Azizi

        It was more like a question, no need to be rude.

  • forumiphone

    1.we need to see bb10 if it is bad

    nokıa buy rim and their os
    -adopt that os to touchscreen first
    -than keep the qwerty hardware because there is a buyers dont want to touchscreen
    -keep bbm and it is family then adopt

    because if rim fall apart there is a empty space for the phone can use by business people(androıd and ios doesnt cover that area yet) and

    think lumia phone with bbm and nokıa desıgn blackberry nontouchscreen phone

    it is good to thınk that way but

    2.if bb10 recover the rim(not talkıng about maınstream or huge success just power to stand up the rim for future)

    all way to the androıd

    -it is a open os:nokıa have experience with more than 10 year with symbian(ıt ıs the one of fırst open os to hıt the maınstream)

    -they has pureview and androıd adpot that camera tech

    -androıd has mıcro sd usb on the go:nokıa lıkes thıs stuff


  • Jonathan

    I used to be an iPhone fanboy, but after witnessing the speed and flexibility of an OS like Jelly Bean, I endorse both OSes equally. I think Nokia should buy RIM, then make Android handsets, teaming with Google to form a “patent dream team” of sorts to protect their devices from being banned from the US by Apple.

    • I stil don’t care about project butter. The reason i hate jelly bean because of google now, no matter how useful it is. It sounds creepy

      • Jonathan

        Yeah, the name really matters…

  • Plan B- Huddle with RIM and go down together.