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Microsoft sells its feature phone business to Foxconn for $350 million

Microsoft has confirmed it will sell its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and HMD Global, Oy, for $350 million. As a result, 4,500 of its employees will transfer to either FIH Mobile Ltd. or HMD Global, Oy.

In a press release{.nofollow}, Microsoft stated it will continue to develop its own smartphone OS, Windows 10 Mobile, and support its current Lumia phones, along with devices that use Windows 10 Mobile from third-party OEMs. The press release made no mention on any plans for future Lumia products, but there are lots of rumors Microsoft is working on new smartphones with its Surface team. The feature phone sale is expected to close sometime in the second half of 2016.

Microsoft acquired its feature phone business in April 2014 when it bought Nokia's Devices and Service division for $7.17 billion. As part of today's announcement, HMD Global revealed it has also acquired the rights from Microsoft to use Nokia's branding on feature phones, and will also use the same brand to make smartphones and tablets for the next 10 years.

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  • In before the guys that will cry about Windows be dead :)
  • To be honest it`s the better move, MS clearly doesn`t want to deal with phone design anymore or maybe they want to spin off some Surface products in the future... so why not cash in for what`s left of this ... They are mainly a software company, I would do the same in their place.
  • Agreed. I honestly feel that buying Nokia had only been extra unneeded weight on MS's shoulders. Having to use the last designs of Nokia before they do their own. They paid so much and then realised that the Lumia Brand is dying and they need something new. Hell, MS even stopped using Nokia's branding after the Lumia 535. Honestly I feel it's good they've sold Nokia. Get *some* (as I have now edited after being rudely corrected) of their money back and now they can properly focus on developing Windows10(+mobile) and focus on the alleged surface-brand phones. I think if they play their cards right, the rumoured Surface phones will play better than the Lumia's did.
    +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • The reason Nokia was purchased was to stop competitors buying them and also ownership of something far more valuable...the IP...check out the largest IP owners, MS is up there Apple nowhere, MS will easily make back the money through licensing the tech.
  • well there already was a report here on WC about how much money MS makes from IP :) ofc it`s a decisive factor.
  • I thought it was because Nokia "threatened" Microsoft by producing the X series? Posted from Windows Central App on Surface 3 running Windows 10 Pro
  • I thought it was because Nokia "threatened" Microsoft by producing the X series? Posted from Windows Central App on Surface 3 running Windows 10 Pro
  • For the most important IP, the patents, Microsoft merely got a license and Nokia retained ownership. Microsoft cannot license them as they are Nokia's.
     
  • Most of their money back??? They paid 7.17 BILLION and only got 350 million back....thats hardly most of their money back. I understand more was included in that 7 billion than just the feature handset division but you get my point.
  • Chill out please. I used the wrong words. No need to start an argument over it. My point in my comment was selling Nokia branding was more useful than them just sat on it doing nothing. Not about the money they got back. I've now edited my first comment.
  • they never owned Nokia
  • However they did own Nokia's branding and their Devices and service division
  • They didn't own Nokia's brand. They had a 10 year license to use the Nokia brand on feature phones using the S30 ans S40 series OS.
  • Oh well.... 7.1 billion here... or there... its chump change... a gamble that did not pay off....   
  • Well the reason they stopped was because them using it for lumia line was only for a year or so unlike the feeture phone line
  • I disagree. Feature phones aren't smartphones but the more traditional candybar style phones with a physical keypad.
  • So my question is why did Microsoft but from Nokia in the first place? To later sell it? Damn, Microsoft is soooo EVIL. BioResearch & Games.
  • Sometimes companies makes wrong bets / mistakes... buy for 7.17 Billion and then sell for 350 mil it`s something... but in real life you don`t get to use Load Save ... you sell and move on and try to stay afloat :)
  • At least they got their 5% back
  • you mean 5% (4.8) :)
  • Edited. Thanks! Posted from Windows Central App on Surface 3 running Windows 10 Pro
  • You do realise that smartphones factories are still in the hands of Ms., right? Ms paid for all the factories that kind of money and for all the info and workers, experts in mobile technology. What they sell now is just a small, very small part of their previous closed contract with NOKIA. Future phones anyway, declined a lot, so i don't see why anyone would buy the factories.... Aproved by me!
  • Don't let facts stand in the way of a good rant by the ignorant :)
  • They still own the Nokia patents I presume and maybe some key Nokia employees/resources. They're worth something too.
  • What about PureView, ClearBlack, Glance, Super-Sensitive Touch, and a range of Lumia photography apps?
  • I dont think so that these are sold... If it would be the case it would have been mentioned in article. MS is not foolish to sell it. May be they can license these technologies to them.
    Well i just wonder what IP nokia holds and what MS holds? Coz it says they are licensing them to finish comp.. So wch IP exactly. Sent from my Lumia 950
  • MS did not buy any Nokia patents. Nokia owns Nokia patents and MS is one of many licensees.
  • Correct. Just looked it up and that part of the deal was reported to be worth 2.2 Billion...so there's plenty of value in that 10 year license deal.
  • Feature phones aren't smartphones. They're the old style with the pphysical keypad in the candybar style. Microsoft isn't gettting rid of the important sector of the mobile phone market.
  • Millions across India and Africa disagree with this assertion, but you won't find them to tell them, because their village only has one Nokia feature phone. These phones have been powering the economies of the developing nations for years.  Until the manufacturing cost for an iPhone falls below $5, there will be a need for feature phones. MS gave up on transforming nations to focus on profit.
  • I'm not saying feature phones don't have a place, but you're right, they aren't where the money is. Microsoft, just like every other company, needs to make money in order to push forward. Feature phones weren't always this cheap, so there will come a day when smartphones will become cheap enough for those less fortunate to have them.   Here is a $50 smartphone running Android. It won't win any awards for speed or style, but it is the closest I've seen to the feature phone cost level. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013788QYI?tag=hawk-future-20&ascsubtag...
  • They did that because they didn't want to make feature phones. They wanted to concentrate on the new mobile devices. And they also won't be paying the 4500 workers in the Hanoi factory, which was also bought by the new company. A good reduction of costs overall I would say, without having to fire all those people(and of course no costs with compensatory payments). Now even if the x50 Lumia's don't do as expected, the costs are also low
  • You're a bit wrong here, they LOST one of the most productive factory, it was the leverage part of the deal, in order to get rid of useless slice they had to give away a gem - in vietnam are located best R&D hardware labs and as well were produced big part of lumia flagships - all these are collateral waste
  • Doesn't this nice potentially just give Windows Phone a lot of good resources? I expect nothing but doom and gloom with the trend this place has... but a lot of phones that a lot of people are satisfied with come out of Foxconn...
  • It all depends on what platform that Foxconn decides to develop ... they might go Android all the way since Foxconn is all about profit and they could care less about Windows Mobile platform .. but who knows ... MS now has to focus all their forces to make an appealing mobile OS...
  • Nokia feature phones have traditionally used Symbian. That probably won't change. These are cheap 'burner phones'. Android is for smart touchscreen phones.
  • Symbian is as dead as Windows mobile. Nokia feature phones use S30/40.
  • "HMD's new smartphone and tablet portfolio will be based on Android, uniting one of the world's iconic mobile brands with the leading mobile operating system and app development community."-- It's smartphone too
  • I was only referring to the Foxconn feature phone part of the deal.
  • From Nokia's own statement: "Nokia Technologies has granted HMD an exclusive global license to create a full range of Nokia-branded smartphones. (...) The new smartphones and tablets will be based on Android, uniting one of the world’s iconic mobile brands, Nokia, with the leading mobile operating system and app development community." To be fair Windows Central is mixing up the topics so people get the impression the Nokia deal is only about feature phones.
  • Yeah. Probably should have stated I was only referring to the Foxconn feature phone part of the deal.
  • Symbian was a smartphone OS. Feature phones were using S40 and S30.
  • Foxconn doesn't "develop" anything. They're a manufacturer. All they do is build what they are told to build! Pretty much everything is built at the Foxconn manufacturing facilities; iPhones, iPads, Nokia, Microsoft, and several different brands of Android phones... all of the playstations, xboxes, Nintendo wiiUs, all are built at the Foxconn manufacturing facilities. They're a multi-contracted manufacturer.
  • If you're all about profit Android would be the worst place to go. See Sony, HTC, and a plethora of others. 
  • Well, they kinda said it was in the press release.  At least, Lumia phones are. "Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones such as the Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and phones from OEM partners like Acer, Alcatel, HP, Trinity and VAIO." Look at that list of also-rans who are supporting Windows on Phone.  The ship has sailed, everyone.  The fat lady is warming up off stage.
  • This has nothing to do with Windows. No feature phone (dumbphones) runs Windows Mobile. And thats what they sold. The old "normal" phones. Not the Smartphone devision. So it's a good deal with the 350.000.000$ 
  • wow
  • I didn't understand this. What's feature phone business?
  • Phones like Nokia 215 Posted from Windows Central App on Surface 3 running Windows 10 Pro
  • So, like cheapy cheap non smartphones phones?
  • Exactly
  • Dumb phones.
  • The unpopular small screen phones Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well, Microsoft sold 15 million of those "unpopular" Nokia dumb phones, wich is more than many Android OEMs or any WP sells...so I think you might want to reconsider what you consider "unpopular".
  • A phone that is actually just meant to do, what are phones actually supposed to or was invented to do ... Calls + messaging :P Sent from my Lumia 950
  • Messaging in many areas also includes BANKING.  Something which smartphone manufacturers are still trying to reinvent.
  • A phone that is actually just meant to do, what are "phones" actually supposed to or was invented to do ... Calls + messaging :P Sent from my Lumia 950
  • There goes surface phone..............
  • A Surface feature phone? Don't make people laugh, they'll die laughing.
  • Actually that was the point....I was feeding into the first posters comment except I didn't hit reply to him.
  • Improve your reading skills.
  • What does Surface phone have to do with this? Posted from Windows Central App on Surface 3 running Windows 10 Pro
  • The Surface phone is designed and made by Microsoft, not Nokia :) selling Nokia doesn't dull the chances +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • Nope. Feature phone is a nice way to say dumb phone or the candybar style with the keypad. Their smartphone sector isn't going away.
  • Nokia asha phones are called feature phones. Good plan. No point in selling junk phones.
  • Finally! Someone knows the difference. I wish Windows Central made this clear in the article.
  • Funny that most comments on other sites do not know what this actually means.... 1: Feature phones and smartphones are 2 different things. 2: Nokia is licensing their name to a foxcon subsidy....so, while these new devices will have ties to Nokia, it's not the same as Nokia coming back and making devices again. It's like Kodak. Most current Kodak cameras are made by jk imaging and licensed the Kodak name. Similar situation with Polaroid. It's not the same as Nokia coming back to actually make phones.
  • Actually, is kind of the same. This is how companies get back in business;). Nokia has a lot of money and they score profits since the selling of devices devision. The knowledge is still in their hands. All they need is an OEM to produce and advertise what they design;). An apple type of business but more in the hands of the OeM. As you can see, apple has a lot of money but no factories to build their products. While everybody thinks they build them. Well... It's even written clearly on the devices Design by apple assambled in China. Their hardwere is pretty much produced everywhere and assambled in china. More exactly. Foxcon having a huge cut in the manufacturing. Nokia won't be exactly like this, but more like let the OEM to struggle with manufacturing contracts and selling (something apple does not do). It is other type of doing stuff, but i feel is an efficient one;). At least until they come back on their throne! Or, minding the fact that the world changed. Back to doing what they know best. Mobile devices. Better then anyone! Aproved by me!
  • How did Nokia get phones made before all this, like the Symbian flagships? And, how different it is than the deal they're getting in on now?
  • http://www.windowscentral.com/were-finally-about-get-nokia-android-phone-weve-always-wanted   Just posted, not made by Nokia, of course, but carrying their brand.
  • So the future of the surface phone is confirmed. Let get on with it
  • Where is it confirmed? Anything to do with surface phone is, currently, just rumours and supposition. Be good if it happens, but at present it's just a rumour.
  • Surface phones aren't confirmed, they are just about as well kept a secret as the 950 and 950xl were.
    Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Dont expect anything on surface phone untill redstone rolls out and MS holds its IFA conference. Max to max delay can strech uptill start of 2017. Sent from my Lumia 950
  • Why would Microsoft be at IFA? No new Lumia phones this year.
    Surface phone will launch around March 2017.
  • Hopefully this cash gets added to the mobile revenue stream. Then, at least it may help plug the gaping hole. Also, nice reduction to the wage bill! Again, makes mobile a little more profitable. Let's be honest, us here inly care about the smartphone side of things. I am chalking this one up as superb news!
  • Great. Moving along
  • Hopefully Microsoft can use the money to bring pre-touch sensing (3D touch) to the upcoming Surface phone
  • They did realse that video showing it off last week. It might come to the Surface phone or the version 2.
  • rise rise again until lambs become lions
  • I smell 4,500 layoffs in the near future
  • Not layoffs..the Microsoft employees are simply moving to another company
  • ... who will lay them off in the near future. Not keen on how acquisitions *always* turn out, are you?
  • Yeah. I wonder how long they'll be kept at Foxcon.
  • I'm shocked there are still 4,500 former Nokia employees left after the tens of thousands of firings Microsoft conducted over the past two years after the Nokia mobile acquisition.
  • Factory workers mainly, the ones Foxconn subsidiary will acquire. Vietnam factory is rather big & new and Vietnam is the new China, cheap labour and also sizable home market that also consumes feature phones.
  • Features phones are only good for emerging markets. They'll die soon. I believe this is about the Nokia brand rights. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Though many people in developed countries have a need for 'burner phones'. I don't think this market will die totally. There's always a need for cheapy cheap phones.
  • Feature phones are used massively by the elderly. And guess what? Europe is filled with old people who can not work with smartphones.
  • I would imagine that in emerging markets, a feature phone would probably viewed as a first step for those who aspire to own seriously expensive smartphones. In some of the markets, even a budget phone is a large investment. At least its one less millstone around MS neck. Why would you invest in feature software, when your true calling is world domination with W10, and maybe domination of a small, sleepy, backwoods village with W10M ;-)
  • now the situation has become very perplexing to me. my 730 is in bad situation, i want to change it. i dont like 950, or 650(very basic with a high price tag). i want windows phone but i have no choice. now without giving better options, i'd like to say bigger options to buy from a wider range of lumias microsoft are selling their part of devices. i am losing faith on devices that are or will come from ms. i am really confused. i want a new windows phone but i can't find one!!!!!!!!!
  • try looking at a BLU phone. they are new phones with a price tag under 200 us dollars. Easily found on amzon.com Also as a windows insider u can get the windows 10 for mobile.
  • No mention of any plans for any new hardware regardless of the brand. Perhaps Intel killed nadella-phone.
  • Why do people still insist on using a WP, WP is irrelevant "97% of smartphone users have spoken", the other 3% that use WP is like this cult that lives in this compound, secluded from the world, it makes NO logical sense. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Umm because they actually like it?
  • Like what, using a half baked smartphone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have used Android and Apple extensively. I like WP best. I'm sort of hooked.
  • Hey hey, well, it isn't "half baked" for everyone. It might be for you, but that isn't the case for a good amount of users. I do actually like Windows Phone/Mobile, but it is lacking some apps that I would prefer for it to have right now.
  • Hey hey, well, it isn't "half baked" for everyone.
    True, there are masochists out there who enjoy painful experiences.
  • Speak for ur self Posted from windows central for windows 10 mobile
  • Even Microsoft has seen the writing on the wall, they are slowly removing themselves from this WP nightmare that has been nothing but burning thru their finances. How many people do you see besides a unicorn here and there using a WP, WP is irrelevant, it's the cold hard truth. No app developers want to touch the WP platform, and without the apps, a smartphone is irrelevant, how many phones do you think Apple and Android would sell without the apps that people want. That's why when Android broke into the market, the first thing they made sure of was that they would have enough apps to compete with Apple "they knew without the apps they where dead, like WP" , and once developers saw that there was a market for their apps on Android they continued to develop for the Android platform. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My questions is why do you care? You're clearly using an Android device to check out Windows Central. No need to troll because you're bored. Enjoy the ecosystem you like and we will do the same. Personally I like the OS much more than iOS, and I don't trust the security of Android. There have been too many incidences of Androids getting malware from the app store that steals their data. You're also lucky is your phone will get the next Android update. Too many Android phones are running an old OS because the manufacturers and carriers don't want to take the time to re-customize the OS and do a round of testing. I'll stick with Windows mobile until the day it's officially dead. I don't care if that means I'm the last person using it.
  • So? If those 3% like it why do you or anyone else care so much?
  • WP's marketshare would have to double now to hit 3%.
  • Correction:
    WP's market share is, as of February of this year, 1.1%.
    It hasn't been 3% since 2014.  
  • Big deal, Foxconn trading on the old Nokia name. Cheap phones living on a legacy.
  • The blind leading the blind. Even Nokia is coming back with Android phones,who in their right mind would want to touch WP, it's nothing but a money burner. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Please troll elsewhere. Nokia Android phones will be the cheapest of cheap. Who wants that? Maybe in emerging markets, Africa, India. You don't like WP, fine. I use all three. I am using an Android right now. Is it better? This cheap Samsung s5 that I am using right now is light years behind my Nokia 1520. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Even the ultra-cheap Android phone makers have a higher ASP (210USD) than Microsoft does with the Lumia series (130USD).
  • Relax. Nokia is a dead brand. No one wants that crap!
  • So, essentially Foxconn has acquired the branding rights to Nokia's phone business, feature and smartphones alike. Though smartphones and tablets will be still be designed at Nokia.
  • Crazy how many doesn't get, that they sell the FEATURE PHONE BUSINESS. Not the smartphone business... So 350.000.000$ is a good deal. Maybe change the headline instead of using clickbait all the time? Microsoft phones live on. Just not as dumbphones... 
  • Arent "Feature Phones" just those cheap pre-paid phones that are a step above dumb phones? Like the Nokia 215.
  • Yes. So this means nothing for Lumia.
  • Which is dead in its own right.
  • Yes, those dumb phones that outsold Lumias by a factor of 7. LMAO.  
  • I don't doubt that, I was just clarifying what it was that Microsoft sold lol.
  • Yup. And outsold Surface by factor of 14. I wonder what's wrong with Surface, is it hardware or software or brand or what.
  • Price. Surfaces are overpriced. So they don't sell in as huge a number as if they were priced according to their actual value. But that's Microsoft's plan. The Surface is a reference device. They overprice it so that their OEM partners have room in the market to compete with each other on price.
  • Good bye MS :'(
  • Just so people know, this does not mean that Microsoft sold it's Lumia businesses, they sold the part of the company that make Asha products in the past... I think they make phones that actually still have the Nokia name on it now.
  • 3500 employees in my country, vietnam, will be transfered to Foxconn, hate it.
  •  Feature Phone is not the Lumia or Windows mobile business, and not the Nokia parts MS bought. Lumia phones are afforadable and will get cheaper, so no reason to keep making and selling 'old' cheap phones that have no place in today's world. People should research before jumping on the MS hate train
  • Is actually a great news. NOKIA is a trusted brand. Microsoft just ruined it's name by acquiring NOKIA mobile division. I hope the new companies use NOKIA brand forever.
  • Nokia isn't a trusted brand. It's cheap and irrelevant and always was.
  • No, thats Windows Phone. Ironically the closest Windows Phone ever got to relevancy was with Nokia.
  • Whver how also sad to heard this news ... especial i just bought 950XL .... should i sell it and move to others phone ? .... i dunno :(
  • People make bad choices all the time, sell it and move on to an ecosystem that's not half baked. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Dude, I have read all your comments. It's you that is half baked. Troll elsewhere. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Seriously, WP is irrelevant, the cult must be strong, LMAO. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nope it's trolling that's irrelevant... Troll troll troll Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Just to clarify. MS has sold its Feature Phones (S30/40) only to Foxcon & HMD. MS still owns the smart phones and will continue to develop the Smart Phones, currently Lumia but probably to become Surface.
    Nokia has licensed its brand to HMD. This means that Foxconn will manufacture these Feature Phones (S40/30) and they will be sold by HMD under the Nokia brand. At the same time, Foxconn & HMD will develop smart phones and tablets; independently from anything sold by MS, and sell under the Nokia brand. This means Nokia brand will return and MS maintains it smart phone division - currently anything branded Lumia.
  • Nokia was purchased only to aquire patents.  That's all.  The remaining baggage is now being sold.  The patents are being kept by Microsoft and are worth billions of dollars.
  • Just that Microsoft didn't buy any patents with the mobile division but licensed them from Nokia...
  • That's not true, feature phones also kept the Nokia branding name, so while they were Microsoft's product, they still had the Nokia logo and branding, so it was not just about the patents. Foxconn will probably keep selling feature phones branded as Nokia.
  • Microsoft has a first-party app problem too http://pocketnow.com/2016/05/18/microsoft-app-problem
  • We all know that, it's suposed to be fixed by April 2017 when iOS bridge is finished with the Surface phone.
  • In your dreams, WP as a mobile platform is DEAD, what exactly will a surface phone do without an app ecosystem. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Troll Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • iOS developers won't bother using the bridge anyway. They don't care about WP.
  • Just like everything would be fixed with the Android bridge? Or the 950's? I love WP, but people need to shut up and stop basing their hopes on the 'next' thing. For example, WP 8.1 was supposed to breathe new life into the app market, but it didn't. Then people said to just wait until the 950's came to market with WP10, things will turn around then, but they didn't. Or, as I mentioned earlier, the mythical Android bridge that was going to cure all of the app issues and make WP a major player in the space, except it never actually arrived. Sadly, MS is not the one telling people to wait another year for the 'next' thing that will cure all our ill. No, it is WP fans that seem intent on ignoring everything MS has said about their focus. MS has made it painfully clear that the idea of a unified platform is significantly less important to them than their other device businesses. MS is run by professional business people. They are not telling us that MS is going to get WP and the phone business back on track. instead they want us to watch video of people playing with HoloLens. I'm still using my Lumia 928. I love the thing, even though in the last year it has lost a significant number of supported apps that I used daily. I have no plans to replace it, but not because I basing my hopes and dreams on fanboys yelling about how something is going to finally save the platform. No, I use it because there is no other device/OS that works the way it does. I love it. I just wish MS cared as much about their smartphone business as they do their augmented reality business.  The trolls mock people because sometimes the WP fanboys talk delusional nonsense. Time and time again, the fanboys declare that something is going to save WP and Lumia, and every damn time it either doesn't happen (the Android bridge), or it is a half assed buggy mess (WP 10), or it is a carrier locked device that doesn't perform as reliably as devices 2 years older than the supposedly 'flagship' devices. I am tired of the trolls, but I'm more tired of the inability of the fanboys to listen to MS and developers that have left the WP ecosystem. The people that make the OS and hardware are saying, out loud and clearly, that the phone and WP OS are NOT a priority. They talk about how they will get back to them at some point. That doesn't mean they have some secret super plan for the greatest WP device ever, it means they are tryign to let it die and move into spaces where they can still win. Developers than made their name in WP, like HERE, say very clearly that moving their apps to WP10 is not worth their time, and supporting WP8 and 8.1 is about to end. WP lost. It lost because of some bad management decisions and a lack of focus. It is sad, but sometimes the better things fails because people pick the polular thing. Go ahead and wait for another entire year for your magical pony that will make everything shiny and new. The rest of us will keep using our devices until they no longer are usable and we are forced to switch to either the gold plated walled garden from hell, or the fragmented beyond belief lowest common denominator. But maybe pay attention to what Microsoft says instead of trying to turn rumor and hopes into a valid excuse for supporting WP. Support it because it is good NOW, not because you hope it will be one day.  
  • Plus one million ^ Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Troll again.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have 2 phones, a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and Microsoft's feature phone Nokia 106.3, to be honest I'll never go back to use a feature phone. The only thing I loved of that phone was long battery life and resistance to falls, but for anything else, smartphones are the way to go.
  • Put a fork in WP. http://flip.it/is-0L Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Time to take it out back and shoot it like Old Yeller.
  • Trollster... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • WP is irrelevant, put a fork in it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Microsoft is going to stop support for lumia???
  • WP is irrelevant, put a fork in it, sell it now "if your can", and move on with the rest of the planet. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I think you mean Microsoft should think in Plan C and fork Android? Its not a bad idea, but Redmond doesn't want to go this route, I still have small hopes of Windows Mobile 10 for next year when Surface phone is launched with iOS bridge fixing app gap.
  • You are living in a dream world. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Troll Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • MSFT acquiring Nokia was a terrible decision. Steve Ballmer and company were foolish. Further, Nokia should have never sold to MSFT and they should have made Android phones like they will do shortly. MSFT should stop making smartphones themselves and contract them out to a good partner. This space had been commoditized. Billions of dollars have been wasted.
  • Why the hell did nt you advice Microsoft ??
  • Did not they want wp...? Even with a 2x1 discount...? LOL
  • Give them the Kin while you're at it...
  • They said a cheap phone not Microsoft phone.
  • Look at https://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phones/all - everything without Lumia is a feature phone I guess. Get rid of this stupid stuff!
  • old news
  • Not surprised that Microsoft will be dropping the Lumia name in future devices. That's been the handwriting on the wall for a while now. Don't get me wrong; I love my 950XL. Named as a Lumia or just simply a Microsoft 950XL would have made no difference. Same device, same experience.
  • Again: Microsoft is not selling Lumia!
  • No, instead they have killed it off. 650 was the last Lumia.
  • Yes, but this is something completely different, so stop -1 ;)
  • k
  • Oh fast-paced business world, you so crazy...
  • http://flip.it/bEYgW Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Troll... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The king is back?
  • MS calls it entrenchment. But when does entrenchment turn into "you're just plain dead"?
  • It would be nice if the people here could see beyond their first world issues. In developing nations these phones are the only connections to the modern world for many villages.  MS could have used this side of the business in more intelligent ways, and instead squandered the opportunity to remain in the mind share of the next connected billion.  
  • I suppose its also brand issue. Nokia sells and Microsoft brand not so. Microsoft was not willing to take the risk of rebranding.
  • Hi, i am Lumia phone lover.... planned to buy 950..... its goot idea to buy microsoft 950 after this news????  can any one give some idea????
  • WP is irrelevant, put a fork in it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  •    
  • then who uses the windows 10 mobile OS , if there is no windows 10 mobiles devices. Microsoft can't support only existing lumia devices. better to leave the mobile OS tooooo...............
  • They will still be making smartphones... they have only sold the 'feature phones' which is basically the Asha line. Don't worry, they will keep supporting Lumia's for years to come!
  • It's hard to not feel for most of the Nokia workforce...