FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has so far been unable to mount a serious challenge to the Iphone and Blackberry, beancounters at Gartner have warned.
Gartner told Reuters that Nokia has only managed to flog less than 100,000 top-of-the-range N900 smartphones in its first five months on the market.
While the handset with a slide-out keyboard and a touchscreen has support among hard-core technology geeks, apparently it has not caught on among the great unwashed.
Nokia did not want to comment on the sales number but said that it was pleased with sales.
Alberto Torres, head of Nokia's solutions business, told the Open Mobile Summit trade conference in London this week that sales have substantially exceeded the company's expectations.
Nokia's last hit smartphone model, the N95, was unveiled in 2006. In comparison, Apple has sold 8.75 million Iphones .
The N900, which went on sale last November, is Nokia's first smartphone running its Linux based Maemo operating system.
Nokia is merging Maemo with Intel's Moblin operating system to create something called Meego. µ
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