Nokia boss Elop: Murtazin's just looking for attention

Nokia boss Elop: Murtazin's just looking for attentionNokia boss Stephen Elop has strongly denied fresh rumours that the company is set to sell off its smartphone division to Microsoft, suggesting that controversial Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin is fuelling the rumours in a bid for attention.

In an interview with PCMag, Elop said such speculation was “baseless” and made no sense in the context of Nokia's longer-term plans for the future.

Elop didn't mention Murtazin by name, but there's no doubt his comments were aimed squarely at the headline-grabbing “mobile insider”, who has insisted for the best part of a year now that a move is being engineered behind the scenes.

“The rumours are baseless, and some people who seem to enjoy generating rumours are running out of fresh material, so it seems to have come up again,” Elop commented.

“There’s significant synergies between the multiple groups within Nokia – for example, on decisions around chipsets, on memory, on different display technologies. We gain scale advantages across the entire portfolio of devices that we have.”

Elop can certainly talk a good game, but talk is cheap and the rumours simply aren't going to go away until Nokia's Windows Phone range starts to build some momentum. And so far the jury's out on whether that will ever happen.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 12, 2012 at 09:19

First reasonable thing he's said in a while. Not that I believe him :p

PS - By the way: I'm now willing to bet 2012 is the year Nokia goes down. I'm not pleased to say so, but having read about CES etc etc etc etc, it's clear that WP will not succeed. It won't "take" America. It won't become the 3rd "eco blah blah" in Europe. It's all wrong.
Releasing the 710 in the US before the 800 has got to be one of the most perplexing moves in tech history.
Unless Bill Gates sets up a 1-WP-Per-Child foundation, they will not sell any significant numbers.

Nokia better keep tinkering with MeeGo while they look into Android. They better keep making dumbphones.
They better... Oh, what do I know.

Stelph  Jan. 12, 2012 at 10:28

I agree Jan, ATM I cant see Windows Phone taking off if it hasnt alredy and theres not anything even remotely exciting or groundbreaking on the horizon, although wouldnt that just result in their smartphone division folding as opposed to Nokia as a whole, as I understand their "dumbphone" divisions are still doing a large amount of trade.

Wonder how different it all would be if Nokia hadnt booted Meego out

nooneslistening  Jan. 15, 2012 at 00:40

'Releasing the 710 in the US before the 800 has got to be one of the most perplexing moves in tech history.'

Even something as random, strange & ignorant of tech history only got 2 of us to reply. Which makes me think that maybe a more perplexing move in tech history was HuKD to really think mobile phones was so devoid of appropriate net space that mobot was required. Fair play to the effort of the mods but it aint working.

Oh and google tizen then bada.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 13:50

'Releasing the 710 in the US before the 800 has got to be one of the most perplexing moves in tech history.'

Even something as random, strange & ignorant of tech history only got 2 of us to reply. Which makes me think that maybe a more perplexing move in tech history was HuKD to really think mobile phones was so devoid of appropriate net space that mobot was required. Fair play to the effort of the mods but it aint working.

Oh and google tizen then bada.


Thanks for the feedback, and welcome.

Just one question: at what point is/was the web saturated with forums for the exchange of ideas, help and info?
Should the Twitter founders have said, "oh, sod it - there is enough chit chat"? Don't get me wrong, I'm not comparing mobot to Twitter, but the point is understood, I think?

Also, my little throw-away comment re the launch of the Lumia 710 came in a larger context. Since it seems you haven't looked around here that much, yet, I won't bother you with the details.
But to dismiss my point as "ignorance" is a tad simplistic given the fact that Nokia heavily relies on the success of the WP range. They also rely heavily on making a BIG splash in the US market.

Anyways.
If you take a bit more time to look around the chat threads here, you will notice that some run over many pages. Yes, mobot is still relatively new. Which is why we appreciate any and all constructive input and feedback. "Give up", doesn't count ;)

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