After a crucial decision to turn to Windows Phone as principal smartphone strategy, Nokia’s Windows Phones have been on sale in Europe since the end of last year. “No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone,” a European carrier’s executive in charge of mobile devices said.
This is a huge problem Nokia is facing and European carriers believe Nokia has failed to challenge the dominating competitors, Google and Apple. “If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell”, said the executive. Aside from Windows Phone being less popular as a platform, Nokia is also facing some issues with battery and software of the early models (though quickly fixed indeed). The four carriers Reuters talked to all seem to agree that Nokia’s current Windows Phone line-up doesn’t have what it’s necessary to compete.
In the U.S., Nokia is betting big on its Lumia 900 which is available on AT&T; the phone quickly became a best-seller and is topping sales charts at Amazon, enjoying strong demand.