It's been a long hard year for Nokia, but fans of the Finns are no doubt still basking in the warm glow of the recent Windows Phone Lumia launch, and looking forward to better fortunes in the future.
Only thing is, not everyone is convinced. Simon Lee-Smith, European general manager for devices at Telefonica (the parent company of O2) says Nokia's new phones are too expensive.
Lee-Smith was giving his thoughts to Telecoms.com, and said that while all the talk was of Nokia injecting some much-needed mass-market appeal to the Windows Phone OS, he felt the first two handsets – the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 – were “not yet at the right price point”.
And it's not just Nokia that's guilty, either. Lee-Smith feels device manufacturers in general over-estimate the price point consumers are willing to pay for their devices. “All device manufacturers seem to think that a €400-plus device is the norm,” he said. “Well, it isn’t. Customers and operators won’t pay that cost for a device which doesn’t differentiate sufficiently.”
Of course, there's an element of 'well he would say that, wouldn't he' about this. Ask for most manufacturers' opinions and they'll tell you consumers expect an unreasonable amount for their money.
We do have to mention that it's ironic to hear an exec from one of the continent's leading carriers moaning about phone RRPs when their own bread and butter comes from putting a price tag on the completely non-existent substance that is mobile airtime and data.