FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has suffered a major blow as it tries to launch its flagship smartphone across the pond.
A row has erupted with its mobile network partner AT&T over how the telco was proposing to market the Nokia X7.
The X7 uses the latest version of Symbian and AT&T seems to think that in comparison to the other smartphones in its stable the Nokia X7 is not worth getting too excited about.
After all AT&T still sells the Iphone and it also has several Android models on sale. It seems to think that if people don't want an Iphone then they are almost certainly going to want an Android phone.
Nokia has told the Wall Street Journal that it decided to pull the phone, even if that leaves it without a smartphone in the largest market.
It appears that Nokia would rather not have a phone being sold in the US rather than suffer the ignominy of another smartphone failure.
Officially the outfit said, "we are working hard with our US carrier partners to bring meaningful smartphone solutions to market", which seems to be saying that the way AT&T wanted to market the phone was not exactly meaningful.
Nokia has not had much luck flogging its phones in the US and the X7 would have been the first Nokia smartphone launched exclusively with a US carrier since former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop took over as Nokia's CEO, which was supposed to usher in a Golden Age.
The cancellation leaves Nokia even further behind at a time when it is already lagging far behind Apple, Blackberry and Android. µ
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