Nokia Nixes X7 on AT&T
So much for the Nokia X7 on AT&T. Rumored to be headed to the carrier in February, the handset’s stateside release has, as first reported by PocketNow, indeed been canceled, but not by AT&T.
It was canceled by Nokia. It’s not clear why, but sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the company feared it wouldn’t get enough marketing and subsidy support from AT&T. A surprising move for Nokia, which desperately needs to step up its game in the U.S. smartphone market, where it’s often viewed as a laggard. And it’s a major disappointment for Nokia employees in the U.S., who’ve been looking for a serious U.S. smartphone deal to be in place by this summer.
The official comment from Nokia: “We are working hard with our U.S. carrier partners to bring meaningful smartphone solutions to market that are compelling consumer experiences, have strong operator support and a thriving ecosystem. As in any business, plans can change and deliberate decisions must be made to enable clear focus on bringing the right products to market at the right time.”
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