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Nokia: Maemo Phones Will Be Ours, Not the Operators'

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Sep 9, 2009, 9:42 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Nokia has indicated that it will not customize its high-end Maemo Linux handsets to suit carrier needs. With Nokia's S60 and Series 40 phones, it allows carriers to customize the user experience and add carrier-branded software and services. This will not be the case with Maemo phones, such as the recently announced N900. Nokia said that it will follow the footsteps of Apple and Google, which David Rivas, Nokia's vice president for devices R&D, told Reuters, "are a whole lot less about providing customization to the operators and a whole lot more about providing a really cool, compelling value proposition to the end-consumer." Nokia also noted that reducing carrier customization will help it save money and get products to market faster.

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Azeron

Sep 9, 2009, 11:27 AM

Verizon? Doubtful...

Well that pretty much seals the deal that we will never see such a phone on Verizon. Nokia has never made a great CDMA phone in any case. I applaud this attitude.
On the other hand what a great way for Verizon to bring exclusive Nokia phones back and charge them as a premium phone data plan which is now going to be the root of ARPU to go up. I can just imagine Hot Nokia Phones at Verizon but require the extra m...
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Azeron said:
Well that pretty much seals the deal that we will never see such a phone on Verizon. Nokia has never made a great CDMA phone in any case. I applaud this attitude.


What are you talking about? The 3589i...
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I'm with you about Verizon. It seems pretty unlikely that they would release anything without their signature/horrible red interface (not to mention some crippled functionality that forces you to pay to use one of the built-in components). T-Mobile is...
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Jayshmay

Sep 9, 2009, 9:58 AM

Hear Nokia roar!!!

Let carriers be CARRIERS, and handset makers be HANDSET makers! ! ! ! Hear Nokia roar
AT&T!!!!

That's all I have to say thank you and have a good day!
The only reasons carriers ever do their own UI programming is to A) control what users can/cannot do, Verizon's MO or B) highlight/promote/make-impossible-to-avoid the various for pay carrier services that increase ARPU. Neither of these is helpful t...
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Couldn't..agree..more Cool Nokia has seen its products crippled for FAR TOO LONG. It has done NOTHING to help them sell products and has damaged their reputation. Three cheers!
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flip mode

Sep 9, 2009, 1:16 PM

Screw The Carriers..

It's not the carriers who shell out the big bucks for these phones. It's the subscribers and we should be happy with the phones. THIS is how phones should be, not 90% customized for the carrier. GOOD JOB NOKIA - PAVE THE WAY Cool
netboy

Sep 9, 2009, 9:55 AM

who cares! Nokia sucks anyway!

how many programs/apps can i get on this Maemo Linux? haha
http://maemo.org/downloads/OS2008/ »

It's a desktop Linux distro customized for a small screen/slower processor, so there's far more and far better programs that are available for most phone platforms.
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