Nokia to Shutter U.S. Flagship Stores
Nokia has decided to close its two U.S. flagship stores in New York City and Chicago. Nokia also recently closed its flagship store in London. The stores offered people an opportunity to play with and purchase unlocked handsets.
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No longer a competitive phone manufacturer
It's as simple as that. 4 years ago Nokia smartphones were brilliant. Now they are stale and unstable.
I wouldn't attribute this to anything more than the stale world economy.
Terrible service for online sales, why the store?
The middle-man seller they dump you on requires a credit check to buy an unlocked phone at full price. What the heck?
If they can't even sell stuff online (none of the manufacturers really try to), I can't imagine what they were trying to do with a store.