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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 12:18

Nokia rejected the iPhone

Written by Nick Farell


Too expensive
A Nokia employee has revealed how it could have had pole position on the whole iPhone fad in 2004.

However the outfit did not put it into production because it did not think that anyone would have been daft enough to pay that much dosh for it. Ari Hakkarainen, a former marketing manager for Nokia, told The New York Times that the firm created a prototype handset that had web-access and a large touchscreen display.

Apparently he was giving demonstrations of the device in 2004, three years before the arrival of the Apple iPhone. Hakkarainen said that touch screens were expensive to produce, so there was more risk involved for Nokia. To make matters worse Nokia had come up with the idea for selling apps through an online service in 2004, but also didn't follow through. (Ouch. sub.ed.)

Nick Farell

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+19 #1 Jaberwocky 2010-09-28 12:30
Yes but did they have a Black Roll Neck/Jean Wearing Bean pole on stage to evangelise the hell out of it.That's probably why they did not go ahead with it :lol:
 
 
-37 #2 dan 2010-09-28 12:41
If this is true, them not going ahead with it just shows how idiotic they are/were. Like nVidia, Nokia are doomed to be relegated to niche markets and eventually go under.
 
 
+10 #3 fudzillalololo 2010-09-28 13:14
You might have ideas, but Nokia lacks execution. It could have been a shitty touch screen device. Look at nokias first touch models. Their own fault.
 
 
+10 #4 Squall_Leonhart 2010-09-28 13:28
Quoting dan:
If this is true, them not going ahead with it just shows how idiotic they are/were. Like nVidia, Nokia are doomed to be relegated to niche markets and eventually go under.

oh wow, you're an idiot.
 
 
+28 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-28 13:34
Apple has a few raging-lunatic-fanboyz that pay a lot for shitware under a lot of limitations.

Nokia has millions of ordinary customers and business people that pay moderate sums for good hardware, and have a good amount of carriers and services available.

IDK, but Nokia doesn't sound like the company that would fall pretty quickly.

If they wanted they could beat the shit out of apple, any day.
 
 
+25 #6 Nooblet 2010-09-28 13:59
I actually came up with this idea 20 years ago. So I am actually the world's FIRST one to have thought of this.

but it was too sacred for me to execute the plan...
 
 
+17 #7 semitope 2010-09-28 16:01
You need to have to apple name behind you to sell overly expensive devices IMO
 
 
+12 #8 yasin 2010-09-28 16:45
well they had the capability for sure, but maybe it was too expensive at the time?nokia innovate a lot,certainly more than apple ever did/will.and look at the n8 now-it rapes an iphone hands down.
 
 
+13 #9 ryanyomomma 2010-09-28 18:18
Quoting dan:
If this is true, them not going ahead with it just shows how idiotic they are/were. Like nVidia, Nokia are doomed to be relegated to niche markets and eventually go under.

what a fail statement. Nokia and it's Symbian system account for over half of the smartphones sold in the world... do your reasearch. Oh, for some Nick level news, Apple is the 4th largest seller of smart phones in the world
 
 
+6 #10 jonny80s 2010-09-28 23:32
The n900 trounced the 3G and 3GS; double the resolution, fast, decent touch screen, great OS, excellent camera, rugged, and many, many more features. Thing is, no one bought it. I'm the only person I know or have met that owns one. Can't wait to see what they follow it up with.
 

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