The Symbian smartphones and feature phones by Nokia will soon cease to exist in the United States and Canada as the company intends to focus its attention of the new Windows Phone.
Speaking in an interview with AllThingsD, the chief of Nokia’s US based company said that it plans to divert all its attention mainly on sales via classic wireless sets. Previously the smartphones by Nokia were marketed to the users at complete price since no carriers agreed to advertise the sets. The company also managed to make a considerable profit from selling low priced feature phones.
But now Nokia claims it is should focus its energy into developing the Windows Phone sets that will be launched later in the year.
“When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.,” Nokia Inc. President Chris Weber said in an interview. “It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere).”
According to Weber, North America is of precedence to Nokia since it is the main market for Microsoft and if Nokia manages to dominate the market there, it will help the company fare well across the world.
“We’ll develop for North America and make the phones globally available and applicable,” Weber said. “In fact, evidence of that is that the first Windows Phones that will ship are being done by our group in San Diego.”
“Without getting into numbers, it is significantly larger than anything we have done in the past and the most we will invest in any market worldwide,” Weber said. “They are putting their money where their mouth is.”
The Symbian smartphone by Nokia, the Nokia Astound was being sold by T-Mobile, however it did not prove fruitful for the company since by then, Nokia had already declared its plan to develop Windows Phone.
According to Engadget, Nokia is also not harboring any intentions of introducing its N9 into the US market.