We have some more positives to take from the recent Nokia Microsoft venture and it is a good one for the consumer. The Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has shared our views on the fact that the Windows Phone 7 is too expensive, and as a result he has pledged that the prices of the new handsets will be reduced, and quickly!
One of the main selling points of Nokia’s Symbian smartphones was that they were affordable, and pricing was a condition when it came to negociations with Microsoft. According to reports from PCR Online, the deal relied on Microsoft being able lower costs and the question of whether the Windows Phone devices could reach “a very low price point.”
The partnership has not had the best of starts with Nokia workers walking out and news that Google are still lurking to hijack the deal. We also brought you the more cheerful news that Nokia employees who leave the company will be welcomed at Skype who are hiring, and also that they are giving their developers a free Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset and batch of other goodies when they are available.
The release date for Nokia’s WP7s are still tightly under wraps and last week at the MWC, Elop referred to the OS as simply “Windows Phone” which could signal a slight change to the current term.
Cnet believes that Nokia is waiting until Autumn, where an update codenamed Mango will be launched. The update to the software will supposedly be renamed “Windows Phone 7.5” which could be why Elop did not give the OS its full name during his keynote. What ever happens, we may at least be able to expect some change after buying our new “Windows phones” now.