Following news that Nokia would cancel all of its Symbian phones in the U.S. market and will not be introducing the Nokia N9 with the MeeGo operating system Stateside, we’re hearing news that Nokia UK will also be cancelling the N9’s launch across the Atlantic in the UK. News from the UK suggests that Nokia may not be making the extensive smartphone portfolio cuts there as it would with the cancellation of Symbian in the U.S. given Europe’s more favorable approach for the once popular but now latent OS.
Interestingly, though, Nokia’s decision to not sell the Nokia N9 in the UK occurred despite ‘the very positive reception’ the phone had there. Like the company’s statement for the U.S. market, Nokia UK is citing a market by market approach on where products will launch:
“As an organisation Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available. These decisions are based on a local assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s product portfolio and are intended to provide the best local portfolio for the UK market. Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present.”
However, given that Nokia will be aggressively pushing Windows Phone, the move not only makes sense, but seems like a natural evolution of Nokia’s rapidly changing mobile strategy since it had partnered with Microsoft. As Nokia will not only be making Windows Phone as its flagship operating system, but will also be making an extensive push to bring Windows Phone to the low-end entry-level segment, a push behind the platform may help Microsoft attract more users, developers, content, and apps for the devices in that ecosystem. As it stands, with similar hardware, the MeeGo-powered N9 may cause confusion with customers who may want a Windows Phone ‘Sea Ray‘ device but was sold a MeeGo device or vice versa.
Speaking of Sea Ray, there is also speculation that Sea Ray would not debut in the U.S. Instead, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon may get other Windows Phone handsets not yet revealed from Nokia’s new portfolio.