Nokia Windows Phones to launch first in six European countries

By Tom Warren, on 17th Jun 11 12:29 pm with 27 Comments

Nokia's concept Windows Phones

Nokia is planning to launch its Windows Phone devices in six European countries, according to reports.

Nokia vice president Victor Saeijs revealed the six launch markets at the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference, reports WMPoweruser. Nokia plans to launch first in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. Engadget notes that Finland, Nokia’s home nation, is excluded from the initial launch plans. Nokia is aiming to launch its own Windows Phone Mango devices later this year. Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are currently labeled with “W” (for Windows). The first handset is expected to be a variant of Nokia’s X7 device. The prototype is equipped with a WVGA display, Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset and 8MP camera. Nokia is also rumored to be launching a dual-core N8 variant with a 12MP camera, QWERTY touchscreen candy bar phone and a cheaper touchscreen device with less expensive body.

Research analysts IDC and Gartner have both predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices will beat iPhone sales by 2015. Nokia’s Windows Phone launch will be viewed as an initial test of Windows Phone sales estimates. Concerns for Nokia as a company grew last month after the firm revealed its second quarter outlook isn’t great. The phone maker downgraded its own outlook and expects device and services net sales to be “substantially below” its previous estimates. The revelations saw the company’s stock price drop by 15% on the NYSE.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has previously teased his own Nokia Windows Phone device during an interview at D9. The former Microsoft worker showed off a Nokia prototype Windows Phone device briefly. Elop refused to show it fully but claims he regularly carries a Windows Phone device running on Nokia hardware. Elop said the company is on track for a fourth quarter release of Windows Phone devices.

  • Geddylee

    cuando estaran disponibles?

  • Sweet

    All our neighbor countries get it, But Belgium not?
    And why start in Europe when you have a bigger market in the US?

    • Masterchampollion

      Actually the phones have been selling a lot better in Europe according to recent reports.

    • Manish

      That is very nice strategy.  Europe is because Nokia still has very large marketshare in Europe.  US is no doubt bigger market but Nokia is not present. They why to waste time and money where you can get little rather than doing in the market where output is larger.

    • Guest

      .Sorry not the case :(
      “ Nokia falling 21.4% to 10.6% in the three months leading up to May 15 2011.”

    • Anonymous

      there is a bigger market POTENTIAL in the US.  There have been hundreds of articles about how Windows Phones haven’t been selling in the US and how Cel carriers aren’t interested in selling them.  If Nokia can drum up business and media attention in areas where WPs are selling well, hopefully it will carry over to the US. 

    • Guest

      Seems like a good idea. Nokia still enjoys strong carrier relations there. The market isn’t as dominated by iPhone and Android yet. They can respond quickly to initial problems. Windows mobile still enjoys some mindshare in Europe, so that helps a bit. And a strong EU launch would give them momentum to enter the US market.

    • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

      The US market is only bigger in its bias against WP7.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.blakey Dominic Blakey

    They need to push, make a good phone and make it affordable. Make people want it versus an iPhone.

    • DocStudent

      You just described Android, the iPhone is a premium product.  Android is a mass market product which is what you are describing.  

  • Dave Kerr

    I wonder if they’re including Ireland as part of the UK?

  • Bert

    Why do US always think they have to be first?

    • Anonymous

      Very self-centered…

    • Shannon

      It makes sense for Nokia to wait on the U.S.; initial sales will be extremely critical if the company is to prove that it has legs post-Symbian. And it’s not going to wow anyone by launching in a country where it has zero brand recognition. Public awareness is limited to a single, re-badged C7-01… on T-Mobile.

      Still, you should take pity on us. If you saw the bland hardware we’ve had to put up with since launch, you’d get why we’re so desperate for better hardware. (e.g. Focus v. Omnia, Quantum v. Optimus, Surround v. Mozart) We live in the land of ubiquitous iPhones, and we can’t even get a Windows Phone as nice as yours.

    • Shannon

      It makes sense for Nokia to wait on the U.S.; initial sales will be extremely critical if the company is to prove that it has legs post-Symbian. And it’s not going to wow anyone by launching in a country where it has zero brand recognition. Public awareness is limited to a single, re-badged C7-01… on T-Mobile.

      Still, you should take pity on us. If you saw the bland hardware we’ve had to put up with since launch, you’d get why we’re so desperate for better hardware. (e.g. Focus v. Omnia, Quantum v. Optimus, Surround v. Mozart) We live in the land of ubiquitous iPhones, and we can’t even get a Windows Phone as nice as yours.

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    JAMAICA PLEASE!!! :D

  • http://twitter.com/Pieter_Kroon Pieter Kroon

    This is news sent from Heaven!! Finally the Netherlands is part of some Windows Phone 7 premiere :) I’m so going to buy this Nokia Windows Phone!

    • Guest

      I want to know why MS charges a WP7 TAX on games, sometimes 3x more then Apple does for the same games, doing things like this will not help WP7 sale in anyplace.  

    • Guest

      WP7 TAX that is funny!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.telecomgyaan.com Tahera

    When will it be launched in INDIA?

  • Tonious

    What about Here…?

  • David Ross

    My iPhone 3Gd is on it’s way out and I am so tempted to get a HD7 but all this talk about nokia phones is making me think twice.

    Is there any chance that these will have 32 GB? That’s one of the main reasons [read as, the only] I still haven’t jumped to windows phone 7.

    • David Ross

      *3Gs

  • Guest

    I do not understand, Elop bragged that the first Nokia WP7 is being designed in the California shop instead Hqtr in EU and yet it is going to be targeted towards the EU customer first?   Am I the only way thinking this is backwards?

    • MSWPhan

      I kind of with you on this one, Elop seems to be all over the place:

      1 June 2011 on CNBC:
      ”Yes, I think what we can do in North America, first of all, is to listen very carefully to the consumers in North America. What is it that they want, that is different from the markets where we’ve typically been most successful. It is the case, in 2004, Nokia had somewhere between 30 and 40 percent market share in the United States, just seven years ago. Yet at a certain point, we stopped listening and we decided: no, our interests were elsewhere. We weren’t listening to the consumers the way we needed to do so. With that listening, with the focus on the critical operators in this country who control a great deal of the activity in the environment, we believe we can be successful. Just as an example of that, our very first Windows Phone products are being designed and put together here, in California, with the US market very much in mind.”

      Now it just seems like a lot of talking, he not give me confidence that Nokia is going to be our WP7 savior.  ;(

  • AAC

    I thought Nokia should have launched in it EU and Asian(India, China) market simultaneously where Nokia still got a lot of reputation left followed by US

  • http://twitter.com/Translatethis27 Translatethis27

    ANDROID says goodnight to Nokia