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Nokia Has a 'Contingency Plan' if Windows Phone 8 Fails

By - Source: CNet | B 35 comments

Nokia's new chairman reveals the company has a back-up plan in the event Windows Phone 8 fails to impress.

In early 2011, Nokia announced that it was finally stepping away from its own-brand smartphone OS and partnering with a another company to bring in a third party operating system. That partner was Microsoft and the third party OS was Windows Phone 7. At the time, Nokia said it would be making Windows Phone its primary smartphone OS. However, it seems Nokia has a back up plan should things not pan out with Windows Phone.

Newly appointed Nokia chairman Risto Siilasmaa made the revelation during a recent TV interview in Finland. CNet points to a report in Finnish newspaper Yle Uutiset that quotes Siilasmaa as saying Nokia has a "contingency plan" should Windows Phone 8 "fail to live up to expectations." However, Siilasmaa added that the Finnish company was confident Windows Phone 8 would be a success.

It's not yet clear what Nokia's contingency plan might be. While it's good to know Nokia hasn't put all its eggs in Microsoft's basket, the company's attempts to break into the smartphone market with Symbian and Meego have been unsuccessful. With Nokia's share prices falling, we're not sure it would survive starting over with yet another smartphone platform in the event Windows Phone 8 doesn't pan out.

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    soo-nah-mee , July 3, 2012 5:28 PM
    It's a relief to hear that the awesome company has a plan in place, although I think WP8 is going to be the cat's ass. I love Android too, but I'm passing on the GSIII and holding off for Nokia's flagship WP8 device!
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    house70 , July 3, 2012 5:10 PM
    Of course they're not going to say it now, there is no point in making MS angry when the WP8 devices are not even on the market yet.
    That being said, I am willing to bet they'll embrace a platform that is already widespread *cough* Android *cough*...
    I would be happy to see Firefox OS catching on.....But slim chance they'll get picked by Nokia in case WP8 flops.
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    mikeangs2004 , July 3, 2012 5:11 PM
    I use Gmail and Google Calendar etc, so Android is more efficient for me.
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    southernshark , July 3, 2012 5:20 PM
    Well you can use Gmail with a Win 8 phone...........

    As for Firefox OS.... that's going to be one I purchase. I'm willing to give it a shot.
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    jurassic512 , July 3, 2012 5:23 PM
    I wonder if Nokia could/would do anything with RIM if both were to fail.
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    soo-nah-mee , July 3, 2012 5:28 PM
    It's a relief to hear that the awesome company has a plan in place, although I think WP8 is going to be the cat's ass. I love Android too, but I'm passing on the GSIII and holding off for Nokia's flagship WP8 device!
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    stingray71 , July 3, 2012 5:29 PM
    Yes, you can use google with other OS's but it seems to work much better with Android. Not to mention the nifty widgets that make it easy to check things at a glance.

    Android on a Nokia phone would be a good combo imho. Especially with ICS and now Jellybean, I'd like to see a Nokia custom Android Rom.

    As for W8, I have zero desire to try it out. Like mikeangs2004, I'm using Google products more and more, not to mention Google Tasks.
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    eddieroolz , July 3, 2012 5:32 PM
    mikeangs2004I use Gmail and Google Calendar etc, so Android is more efficient for me.


    Any smartphone OS is capable of using Gmail among other email providers.

    Do some research first.
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    phamhlam , July 3, 2012 5:36 PM
    Their plan is to sell to MSFT :D 
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    aftcomet , July 3, 2012 5:37 PM
    I bit the bullet and bought a GS3. I love it. Android is a quality OS. And with Google backing it, I don't see how it could fail.
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    slabbo , July 3, 2012 5:50 PM
    the only logical contingency plan should Windows 8 phone fail is Jelly Bean.
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    sporkimus , July 3, 2012 6:04 PM
    Rumor has it that they are prepping a burial site in the desert next to all of the ET games...
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    DjEaZy , July 3, 2012 6:53 PM
    Nokia Has a 'Contingency Plan' if Windows Phone 8 Fails? Start TO implement...!!!
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    shanky887614 , July 3, 2012 7:13 PM
    nokia has a contingency plane

    andriod


    seriously though, if they made a decent phone with opensource firmware im sure there would be people that would improve the firmware, all they got to do is watch the tweaks they make then implement them into the ofw

    then everyone is happy
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    applegetsmelaid , July 3, 2012 7:18 PM
    It's always good to know that failure is an option for them.

    What ever happened to win or die?
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    sadams04 , July 3, 2012 7:35 PM
    WebOS. I doubt Windows Phone 8 will fail however...
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2012 7:50 PM
    I would love to see WebOS on Nokia hardware, tech boner go!
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    loomis86 , July 3, 2012 7:56 PM
    I vote for firefox os.
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    killerclick , July 3, 2012 8:11 PM
    Hmm... Windows Phone 7 needed 15 months to reach a 2% market share. Why would anybody think Windows Phone 8 will be a success? Microsoft's been forever bombing in the mobile market, and now Nokia is basically saying that they don't have confidence in WP8.
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    SGTgimpy , July 3, 2012 9:32 PM
    As being someone that has owned several iPhones and still owns Android Phones running CM7, I switched to Windows phone 7 as my main phone can tell you Microsoft will not fail with Windows Phone 7 or 8. Microsoft has definitely been doing some homework and there OS by far is the most stable as well as fastest I have seen, even over Jelly Bean. iOS is just dated and needs a massive overhaul to keep it relevant, Android is a fragmented mess and as we have already seen Google is beginning to take more control of it to try to make not such a broken turd. When Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 hits, you will see the masses start to shift as long as MSFT doesn’t screw up the Surface launch.
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