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Microsoft dumps Nokia feature phones

BBC News

Microsoft is pulling out of the "feature" phones business. But its Nokia-branded handsets - which are powered by the Series 30 operating system, making them less powerful than its Lumia Windows phones - will continue to live on. The division that makes them has been acquired by HMD Global, a new private equity-backed firm, and Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile. Nokia said it had signed a 10-year deal for them to continue using its name. "Feature phones were never a core part of Microsoft's strategic aim behind the purchase of Nokia's devices business," commented Ian Fogg from the IHS Technology research team.


Microsoft launches a new Nokia feature phone

ZDNet

In mid-May, Microsoft announced it would sell its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn. Yet on September 20, Microsoft launched yet another Nokia-branded feature phone. When Microsoft announced it would sell its feature phone business for 350 million, company officials noted that the deal would be subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions. As far as I know, that deal has not yet officially closed; the expected date, last we heard was the second half of calendar 2016. The same way that LinkedIn bought PointDrive after Microsoft announced its intentions to purchase LinkedIn -- but before the deal has been finalized and approved -- it's business as usual.


This might be the last Microsoft Nokia phone

Engadget

Microsoft's association with the Nokia brand has been especially turbulent, but it appears the company has one last hurrah for its feature phone business. Today, it announced the Nokia 216, a Series 30 handset that can browse the web and lasts up to a month on standby. It's as basic as Nokia feature phones get, but it's notable in that it's probably the very last Nokia-branded handset Microsoft will ever produce. You see, when Microsoft acquired Nokia in 2014, it bought both the feature phone business and Lumia brand. This gave the Redmond company access to Nokia's manufacturing plants, patents and feature phone brand for 10 years.


Microsoft unveils Nokia feature phone

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

FILE - This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft reports financial results Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Microsoft unveiled what could be one of its last Nokia mobile phones, as it prepares to complete the sale of its feature phone business later this year. On Tuesday, the tech giant announced the Nokia 216, which will be available in India. The device can run two SIM cards, and includes two cameras with LED flash, an FM radio and Bluetooth support for owners wanting to use Bluetooth headsets.


Welcome back, Nokia! Microsoft sells its 'feature phone' business to Foxconn for 350m - and it will resurrect the Finnish brand with Android phones and tablets

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Microsoft announced today that it is selling the brand's feature phone business, while Nokia simultaneously revealed that one of these purchasing companies has gained rights to develop smartphones and tablets under its name. According to Nokia, the new line of smart devices will be running on Android, boosting the brand back into the market on a global basis. Nokia is set to make its much-awaited comeback. Microsoft announced today that it is selling the brand's feature phone business, while Nokia simultaneously revealed that one of these purchasing companies has gained rights to develop smartphones and tablets under its name Feature phones are those which have basic capabilities compared with smartphones. A feature phone may be able to access the internet, play music, or make texts and calls, but it does not have the advanced functions of other devices on the market.