Nokia to start talking to Microsoft about phone unit sale next week
Remember all those conspiracy theories after Nokia Microsoft Windows Phone deal was announced in February?
That Stephen Elop – ex-Microsoft Nokia CEO, is just a Trojan Horse, sent to Finland to pillage the company and sell Nokia to Microsoft on the cheap? They sounded pretty far fetched at the time to me.
Not anymore. It seems that the deal of selling Nokia to Microsoft is now on the table.
Today Eldar Murtazin had this quip on his blog:
Next week Nokia will start the negotiations about the sale of it’s phone unit to Microsoft. For now the results of the negotiations won’t be public, but the deal might close before the end of 2011. Both companies are in a big hurry.
If this came from any other source, I probably would have dismissed it. But coming from a guy who broke the news about the first Nokia Windows Phone deal, told us about the launch of OVI Store weeks before it happened, was “reported to authorities” by Nokia for previewing unannounced phones, and just last week told us that Nokia will kill off OVI brand, this rumor sounds much more plausible.
I’m starting to wonder if this is really the beginning of the end of Nokia?
Update: Nokia PR team stepped in on this issue here in comments and on Twitter with a sort of denial:
We normally don’t comment on rumours as you know, but we have to say that Eldar’s rumours are obviously getting less accurate with every passing moment.
While casting some doubts – it actually does not sound like and outright denial. Something along the lines of “We are not in any negotiations about the sale of the company and do not have any plans to enter into one” – would have sounded more convincing. But I’m not sure if even that would help much at this point.
All it takes, is a look back about how the original story about Nokia Windows phone deal unfolded, and how surprised people at all levels below the very top were. I bet that in January very few people at Nokia were aware that dropping Symbian and Meego, and going Windows Phone 100% was even an option.
So this time, if Elop and his team are starting sales talks, I’d say there’s an extremely good chance that very few people outside of inner circle will know anything about them.
And given his history with former scoops, especially going on the record like this, I’m inclined to trust Eldar until I know differently.