April Fool’s: Nokia’s “Contingency Plan” Revealed: the Secret Warehouse Stephen Elop Doesn’t Want You to See


Nokia is full-on committed to Windows Phone, right? Well, that’s the public face the company has been putting on, but we’ve heard whispers here and there that things might not be staying this way. One of the most compelling comments came last summer, when the Chairman of Nokia’s Board of Directors said that if the then-upcoming Windows Phone 8 launch turned out to be a disappointment, the company has a “contingency plan” it could act upon. We’ve long wondered just what was meant by that, and while we’ve yet to get an official answer from the company, some newly-leaked photos hope to shed a little light onto just what Nokia will do if it breaks ties with Microsoft.

Supposedly located about twenty minutes outside of Espoo, a warehouse stores what appears to be the initial stock to serve as the beginning of Nokia’s transition away from WP8. Presumably, the company could rush these handsets out to retailers while it permanently shifted its production lines over to this new hardware.

As you can see above, the whole thing is pretty nondescript, but the facility’s off-the-beaten-path location belies Nokia’s intent to keep this all very hush-hush. In fact, we’re told that the majority of the boxes are unlabeled in order to preserve secrecy, and tracking is largely done via RFID.

That said, apparently not everyone manning the warehouse places the same value on keeping its contents anonymous, and our source found at least one box, possibly set aside after being suspected of being damaged, with hand-written labels indicating the status of its quality-check. It’s not the sharpest pic in the world, but see for yourself:

Thanks: Raimo

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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