“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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