Nokia Sells 30 Million Devices, Windows Phone Sales Drop Slightly

It’s unclear when the sale of Nokia’s Devices and Services division to Microsoft will go through, however new earnings reports from Nokia indicate that when that sale goes through Microsoft will have its work cut out for it. Sales of Nokia’s Lumia line of Windows Phones may have doubled when compared to last year, however Nokia actually recorded lower sales in the last quarter of 2013 than in did the previous quarter.

The earnings report clearly indicates that sales of Lumia device were at least down somewhere around the globe. Unfortunately, we don’t exactly know where since today’s numbers didn’t breakdown sales based for each country. We do know that Nokia has had some difficulty convincing buyers in the United States to pick up one of its Windows Phones. The company’s last earnings report showed signs that the firm had finally managed to find a message that resonated with American consumers. Now that seems to not necessarily be the case.

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The rear of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 920.

None of that is to say that these numbers are necessarily bad. Nokia sold a total of 30 million handsets. While only 8.2 million of those handsets were Windows Phones, that’s impressive for a company that many industry watchers wrote off a long time ago. After all, it puts Nokia Lumia sales up 186% over their 2012 figures. That’s a huge improvement and can’t be overlooked.

For now Nokia Devices and Service’s future remains a small enigma. Since Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services division, of which phone manufacturing is a part of, both companies have been relatively quiet about future plans. Nokia itself seems to be headed toward a future based on building networking and communications equipment. Microsoft has announced that it has plans to integrate Nokia’s device manufacturing and executives into its newly formed hardware unit but said little else on the subject.

Read: Microsoft Welcomes Nokia Mobile Phone Users, Alludes to Services Play

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There hasn’t been any word on how the buyout might affect upcoming products. For example, Nokia unleashed its first tablet this fall. Dubbed the Nokia Lumia 2520, technically it’s a direct competitor to Microsoft’s own Surface 2 and Surface devices.

It’s likely that Microsoft will share more about its plans when the buyout deal closes. Nokia’s earnings report listed Devices and Services as a discontinued operation, hinting that an announcement that the deal is done could come soon.

Comments

  1. Alon says

    Travis, as one that is in the business can you tell me if the 925 & 1020 are the upgrades to the 920? As a 920 owner, I’m waiting to hear about a phone that will replace it. Both the 925 & 1020 lack built-in wireless charging. The 925 only came with 16gb storage. These phones would never interest someone like me. The phone that would interest me would be the 920 with 64gb of storage, 16+mpix cam, 2+gb of ram, and the new improve screen that seems to be out. Nokia almost got me with the 1520 except the screens too big and the att version lacked the built-in wireless feature. As you know most of us early US adapters of the 920 are on the 2 year cycle with att so by the end of this year we’ll be eligible for an upgrade. But I fear that there won’t be a pound-for-pound option for us. Right now we would have to give up the preferred screen size of 4.5-5 with the 1520, 16gb of storage with the 925, or built-in wireless charging with the 1020. A 64gb 929 would be a almost perfect (not a fan of the Verizon designs), but I haven’t heard anything for the att 920 owners. You being in the know, is there something coming that I can look out for?

    • Travis Pope says

      Sorry I didn’t see this comment sooner Alon. For what i’m seeing there’s not really a US AT&T flagship waiting in the wings. There is the Lumia 1520, but its’s way to big to be considered a flagship. Hopefully we’ll see the Lumia Icon rolling out to more carriers soon.

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