When Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new CEO as of September 2010, announced back in February of this year that the Finnish handset maker would transition away from Symbian, throw away MeeGo, and bet the farm on Windows Phone, he sent the company’s stock into a death spiral. Pressure has mounted for Nokia to release Windows Phones as soon as possible because operators are refusing to support Symbian handsets due to the OS being phased out and customers have all but given up on Nokia and are switching to devices running Google’s Android operating system in droves. Ask a Nokia spokesperson when they’ll have a Windows Phone on the market, and they’ll tell you the same thing they’ve been saying for months now, that they’re trying to get devices out by the end of this year, but it isn’t a guarantee. According to All About Phones however, Victor Saeijs, Senior Vice President at Nokia Europe recently said in an interview that there will be Windows Phones out in the Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Spain and Italy in Q4 2011.
Eldar Murtazin, the infamous Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review who manages to get more inside information and access to yet to be announced devices than any other technology writer currently on the internet, confirmed Victor’s statements, saying he’s been hearing the same things. We asked him how many units Nokia plans on manufacturing by the end of this calendar year, and he replied with a rather anemic figure of just 125,000. While it’s better than 0, it’s still a ridiculously low amount if the company has any hopes of easing the uncertainty that investors currently have with regards to the future of the company.
All in all, this doesn’t exactly surprise us. Nokia hasn’t exactly been releasing their devices and software updates on time as of late and many of you may be wondering where the f**k is Symbian Anna?