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Nokia: iPhone will stimulate market

updated 12:25 pm EST, Mon February 5, 2007

Nokia on iPhone, market

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo this week said he doesn't think his company needs to change its business practices as a result of Apple's iPhone, but said the Cupertino-based company's entry into the cellular handset business will clearly stimulate the market. "The fact that we will see multipurpose devices from many manufacturers, I think it will be good for the industry," Kallasvuo said. "And in that way, I very much welcome [Apple to the market]." Samsung however believes Apple's iPhone -- touted as 'revolutionary' by CEO Steve Jobs during his keynote speech at Macworld in January -- offers few features that are innovative or new, according to the Associated Press. "They're just jumping into the party where everyone else is," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president at Samsung's telecommunications unit in North America."

by MacNN Staff




  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's the first wireless handset I've seen with visual voicemail. I don't see that from Samsung.

  1. ddeacon96

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Lest Nokia forget that when the iPod debuted, it was not the first mp3 player in the market........iTunes 1 was out long before the iPod had been released and was compatible with the Windows mp3 players already out. Nokia should not be so shortsighted to think that just because Apple didn't invent many of the features on the iPhone and other providers are already using them, that the iPhone will not significantly impact the market.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    First of all...

    it was Samsung that is having a temper-tantrum about the iPhone NOT NOKIA_

    But about the article - I agree it's the first time I've seen the visual voicemail on a mobile device_ I have been bitching for years now that my mobile company won't allow for a way to permanently store my voice mail_ Or skip over 'new' message I don't care about at the moment_

    Another thing about the iPhone - is that other than a couple of PDA's or phone/PDA combo that have been hacked by Linux gurus - this is also the first handheld mobile phone or device that I've seen that runs a FULL Desktop Level implementation of an Operating System_ OS X_ They did not say it was a mobile or slimmed down version of OS X_

    That is kind of a big deal_ I could potentially run Photoshop and Final Cut on this bad boy_

  1. devilla101

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nokia aint worried

    Lets see, Nokia has phones varying in prices and features specific to a particular market and can be picked up anywhere in the world. iPhone is specific only to idiots that believes Steve Jobs when he said adding third party apps will bring down the cellular network! s*** maybe the toilet won't flush again!

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As Mandy Rice-Davies said

    'He would say that wouldn't he' - you know that internally all the other cell-phone companies are at work on a gestural interface, because it's quite clear that it IS revolutionary, and genuinely represents - RDF aside - the start of a next-step in computer interaction.

    Like the Mac GUI it is not revolutionary in it's idea - we all know this has been knocking around for a while in labs, and seen in sci-fi films - but just a mobile video phones were seen in sci-fi films in the 60s, the point is in delivering it. And no one out there has delivered anything with the graphical slickness Apple have shown.

    But overall, I think he's right - it is growing to drive the mobile market. The feature set of phones has really become stagnant - there's nothing out there that makes me want to replace my RAZR with something larger, for instance. If someone else can deliver something like the iPhone without the network tie-in, then I might seriously be tempted - I'm not a complete Apple fanboy.

    However, I think the cellphone companies are too dependent on third-parties (from their chip-design to their bought-in operating systems) to be able to deliver anything similar within the next 36 months.

    Of course, given that so many people can't tell touch-screen from gestural, that may not be an issue.

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Those who forget history

    "They're just jumping into the party where everyone else is"

    Is this the same Samsung that has no traction against the iPod in the music player market? Fool you once, shame on Apple. Fool you twice... time to get a new senior vice president.

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