Nokia's belt-tightening continues with new that it has decided to shut its UK online store, in line with similar decisions taken across Europe.
The store will close its shutters for good at the end of the month, leaving the Nokia faithful having to go through the mobile carriers, or third-party online resellers, if they want to pick up a handset from the Big N.
It's safe to say things haven't been going particularly well for Nokia of late. It's expecting to no more than break even this quarter, with the buying public having largely turned its back on its Symbian lineup knowing that the company is basing its future around Windows Phone 7.
With Nokia stores in Spain, France and The Netherlands having already announced plans to close, the UK is certainly in good company. The news was revealed in an email to marketing firm TradeDoubler, in which a closing date of June 30 was mentioned.
Nokia Spain, meanwhile, revealed to Engadget that “prices are too subsidised by the carriers and sales were low, so they will keep providing support”.
In other words, if you're looking for support, your local Nokia site will still be there for you, but if you want to actually buy a new Nokia phone, you'll have to look elsewhere. But as Nokia itself mentions above, the best deals are seldom found on a manufacturer's own site anyway, so we don't expect the decision will impact Nokia sales particularly much.