Stephen Elop: Carriers strongly prefer Windows Phone over Symbian and Meego

Carriers want Windows Phone

Responding to a plea from a member to provide the Meego-powered Nokia N9 as a subsidized phone in UK, Stephen Elop revealed that right now, carriers were asking for Windows Phone 7 handsets over Nokia’s other offerings.

He writes:

Hello there,
I can’t comment on what specific operators may or may not do in each country – many of those decisions are happening right now for the latter part of the year. In all cases, the operators will make decisions about which products will be made available, with which rate plans, etc. Each operator in each country only has so many “slots”, and they divide those up between ourselves and our competitors, and within Nokia they can mix between N9, Windows Phone, Symbian, etc. Right now, many of the larger operators are showing a strong preference towards WP…

Nokia has recently announced that is was shuttering its Symbian business in USA, a move that will likely spread to more countries where Symbian has an increasingly marginal presence.

Read more at WPSauce here.

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