The Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia will soon start selling its new Lumia smartphones also in Finland.
The company announced today (Wednesday) that sales of the Lumia 800 would be launched in this country from the beginning of February, and advance sales begin as of today.
As the platform for its Lumia handsets Nokia utilises the American software giant Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
In February 2011, Nokia chose Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, because it felt that the preceding Symbian operating system, which was largely developed by Nokia itself, did not satisfactorily answer the requirements of the high-end smartphones.
Nokia commenced the selling of the Lumia phones in the largest European countries in November. The aim of the move was to ensure that the phone would be available for consumers in the most relevant European markets before Christmas.
On Tuesday Nokia announced at the American annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it has designed a new Lumia 900 handset for the U.S. teleoperator AT&T.
The phone will become available in the coming months.
The cooperation with AT&T is important to Nokia, because in the United States the majority of consumer handsets are sold by the teleoperators. The announcement was greeted positively, with the Nokia stock putting on 5% in Helsinki on Tuesday.
TraditionallyNokia’s market share has been smallest in the markets where teleoperators dominate the handset sales.
In addition to the United States, Nokia has also had great difficulties with penetration in Japan and South Korea.