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N9 not to be launched in India

Nokia has a strong base in India and some African nations. Countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. haven’t had a Nokia fan base since some time now (with Android and iOS being the possible culprits). It is not a surprise, because developing nations have always been more receptive to Nokia handsets, mainly because of the strong build quality, and trust with the company. But now, it seems like Nokia has put all of the above countries in its low priority list. The Nokia N9 availability page doesn’t have India, U.S., U.K., or any of the African nations. This news comes as a shocker to many, since Nokia has had a very strong hold in these markets.

The Nokia N9

The absence of countries such as the United States is understandable, because Nokia has no carrier support for its devices yet, and it could take some time till Nokia gets to an agreement with the carriers in the U.S. And as far as India is concerned, the company may follow the strategy it followed while launching the N900, which was made available in the Indian market, a few months after other countries got it.

There is still some confusion over the launch of the Nokia N9. Some reports claim that the device could be launched within a month from now, while others speculate that it could take longer. Either way, excited fans in the country will have to be content with videos and photos till it’s made available. Although it is hoped that Nokia could add a bunch of countries to that list within a few days. But until then it’s disappointment all over. Users can keep an eye on the availability page over at Nokia.

These countries will be getting the phone first: Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, and Vietnam.

Nokia ovi to be rebranded as Nokia


Nokia today announced that it will phase out its Ovi brand and rebrand it as Nokia from July.

“The target for rebranding is 18 months, but we hope to do it earlier. It will be seamless switchover to the new brand and there will be no impact on customers,” Nokia marketing director Viral Oza said here on the sidelines of the launch of a dual sim phone.

The new devices to be launched will have the new branding of Nokia and for older handsets new applications will be upgraded gradually, he said.

The company expected to do well in the dual-sim phone market that contributed 40 per cent of the total Indian handset market.