Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia 900 flaw drops data connections, hurts U.S. turnaround bid

“Nokia has found a software bug in its Lumia 900 smartphone, its answer to Apple’s iPhone, and is effectively giving the model away until it is fixed, blunting its bid to turn around its fortunes in the United States,” Tarmo Virki reports for Reuters.

“Nokia’s first 4G phone, which it markets with the strapline “an amazingly fast way to connect”, can occasionally lose its data connection as a result of the bug, Nokia said,” Virki reports. “The Lumia 900, which uses Microsoft’s Windows Phone software, is currently only available in the United States and is key to its comeback there. ‘It’s like they stalled their engine when everybody is looking at them at the start of their race,’ said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi.”

Virki reports, “Though one analyst who asked not to be named said it would only cost Nokia at most $10 million on likely sales in that period, it will be a big disappointment to a company struggling to revive its brand. Its share of the global smartphone market tumbled to 12 percent in the fourth quarter of last year from 30 percent a year earlier… Nokia’s share price has dropped more than 50 percent since it unveiled the swap to Microsoft in February 2011 as sales of the Windows phones have yet to compensate for the decline in sales of its older models.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft and Nokia. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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21 Comments

  1. Ah, the price paid by bleeding-edge, version 1.0, techno-junkies (after all, who else would be buying these things?)

    I could save them all a lot of headaches with just 3 words:

    Buy an iPhone.

  2. Check out your local AT&T store and ask them how their biggest phone release since the iPhone went this last weekend? It was an all hands on deck event where noone showed up at the stores. Haha. Windows phone is a joke. And Balmer is killing Microsoft. I love my iPhones and macs. And I won’t go back.

    1. Nokia killing off the OS they were working on and going with Microsoft was THE WORST path to choose.

      But what do you expect? HP hired a services guy and the only thing he knew was to try and turn HP into a services company. WRONG move.

      Nokia hires a Microsoft guy and all he knows to do is to turn it into a Microsoft shop. They have killed themselves. The only thing Microsoft does to partners is screw them over.
      Goodbye, Nokia.

    1. That brings up a point.
      If you asked someone if they want a Lumia, they could say: “What is that? It sounds like a light bulb or a lamp of some kind.”
      You know what a droid is? It’s a robot from Star Wars.
      What’s a galaxy? A large grouping of stars.
      What’s an iPhone? A phone!
      What’s an iPad? A pad, a tablet!

      What’s a lumia? A bunch of B S. 😛

  3. oh for the sake of JFC, its a bug.

    iOS is full of bugs too ! Seems not too long ago an iPhone couldn’t keep a reliable Wifi connection. Have we forgotten that one ?

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