Why Apple should buy beleaguered Nokia

“If you were to look at how the smart­phone mar­ket has led seri­ous blows to Nokia, you might think the com­pany is doomed to clo­sure,” Tristan Louis writes for TNL.net. “But smart acqui­si­tions and an exten­sive patent port­fo­lio may make them extremely attrac­tive for the com­pany that served as the root of its prob­lems: Apple.”

“Over the last few years, Nokia has made a num­ber of bets on loca­tion and map­ping, with the 2007 U$8 bil­lion acqui­si­tion of Navteq,” Louis writes. “This acqui­si­tion made Nokia the largest provider of map­ping ser­vices in the world. In fact, the com­pany pro­vides map­ping ser­vices to Google, UPS, Fedex, and many of the largest play­ers in the auto­mo­tive industry.”

Louis writes, “Of course, an acqui­si­tion of Nokia would have quite an impact on Microsoft as it tries to make its way back into the mobile space. With Nokia as its most impor­tant part­ner, Microsoft’s hope to become a likely con­tender for con­sumers’ hearts might be dealt some­thing pretty close to a death­blow.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

36 Comments

    1. it looks like apple fans are not happy with apple’s crap maps, that’s why you people want to have Nokia. 🙂
      Nokia is here to stay. Look at Nokia’s Lumia 920. It is beautifully designed, and it has so many great features. 😉

    2. Even if Microsoft and others were unable to stop Apple, I doubt that regulators would allow it. And, even if Apple somehow succeeded in acquiring Nokia, antitrust principles would come into play if it tried to cut off Microsoft W8 phones or Navteq mapping data to Google.

      Big acquisitions are historically big losers. Apple has been very successful with targeted, smaller acquisitions such as PA Semi, etc. Big, splashy, and very expensive purchases are not consistent with Apple’s culture, even though the company can certainly afford to make big plays. Let Microsoft and Google waste tens of billions.

      If Apple were looking for a big acquisition, then I would go for Nintendo. The companies Mario gaming franchise would be worth a fortune on iOS.

  1. Im a big Apple nerd, but a actually want to see some decent Windows phones come to market in a meaningful way.

    (Will not be holding breath for “decent” or “meaningful”)

    Would be nice to have a 3rd player.

  2. Don’t buy Nokia. Wait and buy up the scraps like Navteq and any desirable patents. Don’t use my money for the ill will of the finnish folk who will lose their ability to make a living when Nokia closes up.

    1. Agree, no to Nokia but Navteq ok. But, what the fu**k…are you talking about “…for the ill will of the finnish folk….”? Are you just plain stupid or is it just lack of IQ? Which is your excuse?

    1. It would make sense (with the limited data I have on the subject) for Apple to acquire Navteq, giving Nokia a 5 year free use license (they won’t be around that long anyway), with MSFT taking the rest. The only issue is how much Navteq would add to Apple’s mapping capability, and whether the regulator ices would allow it.

  3. Apple might face some serious resistance from Microsoft and a variety of others if they attempted to purchase Nokia outright, but it might work out well for Apple, Nokia and Microsoft if Apple could buy 51-100% of Nokia’s mapping business with the provision that Nokia could continue to make full use of the technology and future developments at no cost to them for an agreed upon period of time, and for a very agreeable licensing fee after that. Furthermore, the licensing agreement could be extended at favorable rates to any other Windows Mobile handset manufacturer interested in making use of it. Doing so would eliminate the contention that Apple was buying a competitor to liquidate them and reduce competition. They would actually be strengthening Nokia and the Windows Mobile platform as a competitor to Google and Android.

      1. I agree that it is mobile warfare, but the primary enemy is Android, not Windows Mobile. Strengthening a third platform in the market is much more of a threat to Android and Google than it is to Apple.

        Apple doesn’t buy companies to shut them down and does not want to be seen as doing so. Doing it this way would give Nokia some life support without removing access to their mapping technology, making them much more willing to go along with it at a more reasonable price.

  4. Can’t see this happening, Nokia needs the maps if its to survive in the post phone world it’s headed for as does Microsoft. Also to buy Nokia with everyone knowing it would effectively close down the company and export what few bits it needed would be like Nissan buying Detroit and closing down the factories and exporting what useful technology was retained. Apple would in one stroke take on the mantle of evil Empire not seen since Lex Luther mislaid his supply of Kryptonite.

  5. …M&A

    Tim Cook doesn’t have the cojones.

    It’s a big strategic move, he’ll be too busy tweaking some element of Apple’s supply chain to look up whilst Google swoops in to buy them.

    Not that Apple’s supply chain doesn’t need some work, with partners leaking so much info that there are no longer any surprises at Apple events, and production problems so that sales are constrained by lack of inventory.

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