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Lumia 900 demand still high, but Windows Phone exec quits

updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed April 18, 2012

Nokia Windows Phone interest miuted by exec exit

Windows Phone saw mixed performance Wednesday as talk of strong sales was dampened by an abrupt executive departure. Nokia briefed AllThingsD that the Lumia 900's demand was still high and it was producing phones "as quickly as possible" to meet demand. Very few were opting to replace their phones to solve the missing data bug and were instead updating firmware, suggesting that the shipments weren't replacement units.

While it's thought that brief unavailability might have been due to AT&T and Nokia swapping in stock with the new firmware, a sign that it related more to demand would be a positive for the Finnish phone designer. Its shipments haven't been growing as quickly as needed, and European sales are still modest as customers are still regularly steered towards Android or iPhone hardware.

The platform nonetheless took a hit as Microsoft confirmed that its Windows Phone Product Marketing general manager Gavin Kim had left after just five months in the role. A low-key confirmation to ZDNet revealed that he had made a "personal decision" to leave, indicating that he had likely switched directly to a different company after himself having come from Samsung. Microsoft felt "very good" about Kim's work, but had already named Eugene Ho as the replacement.

As GM, Kim may have seen some success if at all involved with the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge, which for a brief few days had spurred rare lineups at Microsoft stores. However, Microsoft's collective marketing has so far done nothing to stop an ongoing slide in share.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +7

    high...on...

    crack.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +4

    But Don't Forget ...

    ... Ballmer is very rich. He can buy a LOT of those things.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +3

    2012 is the make or break year

    Re: "Its shipments haven't been growing as quickly as needed, and European sales are still modest as customers are still regularly steered towards Android or iPhone hardware."

    Is there room for a 3rd player in the smartphone ecosystem space?
    Will Microsoft throw good money after bad down the Nokia staircase?
    Or have they learned to cut their losses from the KIN debacle?

    We'll probably know some time this year. Good luck with that sh t.

  1. RoboBobo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2011

    +6

    no upgrade to WinPhone 8?

    OSnews, normally a reliable source, is reporting there is no upgrade of a Lumia 900 to Windows Phone 8.

    Which means your phone is obsolete before year's end! Not to say, that it wasn't obvious anyway, that your single core, low memory phone - wasn't going to magically double its memory or grow a 2nd core.

    Lumia 900 still selling 'well' whatever that means, but they dropped the price to $0 - they say not because of slow sales, but because of a 'glitch' that nobody cares about.

    UH HUH< following all that? I have to say, marketing is one thing MS is good at.

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