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Nokia: Apple 'credible' cellular newcomer

updated 11:55 am EST, Mon December 10, 2007

Nokia on Apple, Google

Nokia describes Apple as the first credible newcomer to the cellular market in years, a new interview reveals. "It's very clear that Apple, Google and other players are bringing in a lot of new directions," says company CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. Among these is an increasing union of device functions; while Nokia has long made smartphones that perform most of the tasks of the iPhone, such as the N95, Apple's product is a unique combination of this with the easy media playback of an iPod.

More important to Nokia may be the changes Apple and Google are bringing to the cellular market. Whereas US carriers have traditionally reaped most of the revenue from cellphones, and dictated how devices are used, Apple has managed to coerce better data plans out of AT&T, as well as implement a revenue-sharing agreement that has inspired other companies to challenge old monopolies. In Europe for instance, Nokia has used revenue splitting to get its Ovi download service hosted through Vodafone.

Google's contribution comes in the form of the Open Handset Alliance, which aims to create a universal platform across phones and carriers that may turn the latter into entities more closely resembling Internet service providers. American carriers involved already include Sprint and T-Mobile, while phone makers include the likes of LG and Motorola -- notably however, Nokia has not been invited by Google, despite the fact that the former is the largest handset maker in the world.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nikia above it all!

    How nice of Nokia to give its blessing to Apple's entry into the cellphone business. How magnanimous of them to acknowledge Apple's presence. I'm sure Steve Jobs greatly appreciates this little pat on the head from the omnipotent Nokia, above the fray of mere mortal companies.

  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm sure that Steve Jobs is very happy that Nokia noticed that someone is finally bringing to the market something better that the crapware that they have been peddling for years. The funny thing is that I had a great Nokia "Smart Phone" before I got the iPhone and I really loved it -- until I saw the iPhone in person. Even though my Nokia and the iPhone were both using Edge, email on the Nokia was slow and useless. I'm not even going to get into the web features which were paltry on the Nokia. The iPhone is the first phone I have ever had that has actually made it easy to use ALL of its capabilities.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    credible? I think they


    Nokia can afford to be generous in their tiny praise. They make decent, solid handsets.

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    right on howie

    ... easy AND fun

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    God it makes me sick .. Nokia saying that they have long made phones that do what the Iphone does ( N95) and that the Iphone is good because it has easy music playback.

    I could not give a c*** that my Iphone has music on it ... we all know that it is the great GUI, operating system and the fact that it just does what it does with ease ... no crashes, no freezes, no stupid c*** windows mobile GUI. etc etc etc

    We all know that Iphone has a long way to go in regard to 3rd party apps and fully functioning same as a normal PDA BUT even in it's first release state it beats the c*** off anything Nokia has got .. and lets not forget Nikias recent vaporware video of their Iphone copy that only exists on a photoshopped video presenation

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well you know..

    I had a Nokia 3650, the funky rotary-button retro phone. It took photos, video, could bluetooth those items to the computer, synced to the computer, had a nice notepad, calendar, and could email. It does everything that the iPhone does -- except the iPhone can't bluetooth photos, and it lacks video function.

    Don't even start with the "but the iPhones quality is better," my iPhones photo quality is really nice, yes, but I would have liked to be able to KEEP taking 240xwhatever video with it. h***, my CVS hacked disposable camcorder does 320x240 video...

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They are trying to get more google hits by associating with iPhone, because no one is searching for n0kia, but plenty of people want iPhone.

    IT'S NOT THE FEATURE LIST STUPID, it's overall usability!

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