It's official: no Nokia N9 for the UK

It's official: no Nokia N9 for the UKNokia’s “market disrupting” N9 smartphone looks like it will have one less market to disrupt, as the Finns have released an official statement confirming that we won't be seeing the N9 here in the UK at all.

The UK – and the US for that matter – was absent from the initial list of N9 launch countries that emerged when Nokia first announced the N9, and while we were hopeful that the list wasn't final, turns out it was right on the money.

“As an organisation Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available,” Nokia's official announcement warbles. “These decisions are based on a local assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s product portfolio and are intended to provide the best local portfolio for the UK market.

“Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present.”

As is the case with most press releases, it's a case of a whole lot of words saying very little indeed. But reading between the lines, what's obvious is that the N9 isn't launching in the UK and the US because those are two key markets Nokia has identified for its big Windows Phone push, and it doesn't want the MeeGo-powered N9 muddying the waters.

Time will tell whether that's sound thinking from a business point of view, but from a phone-lover's point of view, we're seriously disappointed we won't be seeing the N9 on these shores.

Thanks to blizzard7 for the help!

Nokia’s “market disrupting” N9 smartphone looks like it will have one less market to disrupt, as the Finns have released an official statement confirming that we won't be seeing the N9 here in the UK at all.

The UK – and the US for that matter – was absent from the initial list of N9 launch countries that emerged when Nokia first announced the N9, and while we were hopeful that the list wasn't final, turns out it was right on the money.

“As an organisation Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available,” Nokia's official announcement warbles.

“These decisions are based on a local assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s product portfolio and are intended to provide the best local portfolio for the UK market.

“Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present.”

As is the case with most press releases, it's a case of a whole lot of words saying very little indeed. But reading between the lines, what's obvious is that the N9 isn't launching in the UK and the US because those are two key markets Nokia has identified for its big Windows Phone push, and it doesn't want the MeeGo-powered N9 muddying the waters.

Time will tell whether that's sound thinking from a business point of view, but from a phone-lover's point of view, we're seriously disappointed we won't be seeing the N9 on these shores.

Thanks to blizzard7 for the help!

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 11, 2011 at 09:21

A smart move. Like all the other smart moves since Elop arrived, and the Finns said, sure we sign for that big wooden horse. It's so pretty...
Hey, next: Apple won't release iPhone 5 in markets where the iPod Touch sells well.

CaptainWest  Aug. 11, 2011 at 10:08

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/lewispaul/Not-a-single-feck.jpg

Johhny  Aug. 11, 2011 at 14:59

This is some BS. Now it seems we will have either ios, android or wp rammed down our throats in the UK. Yes, webos and bb are an alternative but meego, even if claimed dead, looked great, seemed to function great and was as open as Tottenham High Street was a few days ago!
The n900 has multiboot thanks to its openness and this was a great contender for a niche device with lots of power and hacking/tweaking interests. Disappointed.

blizzard7  Aug. 11, 2011 at 16:08

If I was part of the R & D team for the N9 I'd be cheesed off or something along those lines.

Thanks for the credit :)

gyth9  Aug. 11, 2011 at 21:51

I'd be f'in gutted if I was working in Nokia right now. This is so clearly the phone people have been waiting for Nokia to bring out, but Elop has no mandate or interest in supporting it. Wooden horse, absolutely.

Stelph  Aug. 12, 2011 at 14:28

Ah bum, its getting harder and harder not to see Elop in the light of a Microsoft Plant now, fair enough they have an agreement with Microsoft to run WP7 but it seems crazy that they have put so much work into Meego and now wont push it out to every region.

I really really wanted this phone but now I suspect it will be overpriced to ensure it will never take off, so ill have to look elsewhere :(

nugent  Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:41

A shame, this phone actually looks like the best Nokia for years.
Would have liked to have a play around with it to see just how good.
I do think it's the right decision though, if they are going to be pushing WP7 hard they don't really need another operating system confusing things.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2011 at 10:50

nugent,
I totally agree. Now via Expansys etc we will get the N9 - no doubt, but it's a shame that carriers won't support it. The N900 did extremely well considering its niche status, its clunky chunky shape... they are still catching good money 2nd hand.
I'm certain the N9 would fare even better. And Nokia know that.
It's a calculated strategy to push WP devices. imho anyway...
Just consider how well the N8 was doing until Elop's February ****...in Q4 2010 the N8 outsold the Galaxy and most other Androids. Then Elop calls Symbian a burning pile... I'm not saying the N8 isn't flawed, but he practically chopped its legs off so to speak.
The E7 was delayed and hugely overpriced, Anna's been delayed for over 6 months ...
And the same folks tell us "We know best"!??
Shame.

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