Nokia has moved quickly to dismiss the latest rumours from Eldar Murtazin that it's looking to sell its smartphone division to Microsoft on the back of weaker-than-expected Lumia 800 Windows Phone sales figures.
Murtazin made the claim – and not for the first time either – through the week, saying that Nokia had “sold its soul” to the software giant and that it was just a matter of time before a deal would be done.
It's a repeat of a claim he made as long ago as June last year. At the time he claimed that “for now the results of the negotiations won't be public, but the deal might close before the end of 2011. Both companies are in a big hurry.”
Despite particularly that last point being plainly untrue, Murtazin has persisted with the claim – and once again Nokia has hit back with a firm denial.
“We've put these rumours to rest a long time ago,” the company said in a statement to Slashgear. “The focus for Nokia is on executing on our partnership around Windows Phone and growing the ecosystem, and each company has the tools they need to do so.”
Ultimately one of the two is telling the truth here, and one of them isn't. And based on past evidence we know who our money's on.