Microsoft to drop Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season

By Scorpus
Sep 11, 2014
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  1. Microsoft is reportedly planning to change the way they market their smartphone OS for this holiday season, dropping both the Nokia and Windows Phone brands from product references and advertisements.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Anyone want to place a wager it will be the same damned phone with a different name?
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  3. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 304   +105

    The heck are you talking about? This article is about a marketing change to the OS branding and hardware branding. Not a new phone.
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  4. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31

    If they just call it 'Windows', and it's a 'phone', how can it not be referred to by consumers as a 'Windows Phone'?

    Could it be called a 'Windows Ladder' or a 'Windows Hammer' etc? I think not.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm an absolute convert to the Windows/Nokia Phones. I would NEVER buy an iPhone and personally don't like the Android interface.
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  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    The same thing happens with re-branded graphics cards. The same card with a new name, all for the sole purpose of a marketing strategy. When I said phone, I wasn't referring to a specific phone.
    Nor do I like the Windows interface, which makes me wish for a change. A change of which I doubt comes to pass.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,432   +473

    Windows phone not only implies it's a phone running windows, but a phone running "windows phone" operative system.

    Eventually people will reffer to their phones as that, my phone. Not my android, not my iPhone nor windows phone, but phone, which runs one of those systems.

    I really never saw Nokias name dying, there was a time that Nokia meant impecable quality, it's kind of sad.
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  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    I am not going back to Verizon ever again just way to expensive on contract they have you locked and you can't run away!, Plus have all sorts of hidden fees. They're in league with Comcast. Microsoft looking to cut waste I see. I like my Nokia Windows 8.1 phone. HTC cell phones have a lot issues.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    TRULY!! Have one on my belt right now and until it becomes unserviceable - - I'll keep it. It's the 6350 flip phone and is so customizable and has such great human factors, it will be difficult to adapt to the touch based techniques (and yes we have an iPad-mini, but that's not for conversations :)
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Your behind the times there! But at least it's a Nokia! ;)
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    Yes, I know, I don't care, and it's very pragmatic. "if it's not broken, don't fix it" (y)
  11. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 304   +105

    Microsoft could not keep using the Nokia name. Nokia still exists as its own company and Microsoft was allowed to use the Nokia name for only so long after the mobile devices aquisition became final. This is sooner than they were allowed, but why wait it out.
  12. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 669   +72

    @ snowden Well I know in the beginning the naming seemed whack with the way it was being used. You'd get "windows phone phone" "windows phone 7" "windows mobile(still)" and much more in articles and comments. It was just a stupid name anyways. Just call it windows and then once people reference it, they'd say my windows phone all by their lonesome.
  13. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    anyone want to place a wager it will be named MICRO-PHONE?
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  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Hahaha, that's a good one.
  15. They should just drop the whole idea of creating a phone altogether and just sell their software on Android and IOS. Maybe they should start pretending to be a software company.
  16. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31

    Windows 'Thing that makes calls'?

    Anyhow, I love the live tiles. Maybe they could call it 'Windows Tiles' or....'Windows Live'? :)

    I agree some people will probably end up saying "I have a phone that runs Windows", but a lot of people will still refer to it as 'Windows Phone'.

    Its a bit moot anyway.
  17. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31
  18. dunebeetle

    dunebeetle TS Member Posts: 22   +8

    Still using a N95 which I just replaced the flex cable which snapped in half. New phones are too big and have terrible battery life.
  19. N95??? that is so legendary awesome! before I used the N8, was using the N73. Use it for like 5 years , changed the battery for 3 times because it was bloated, overcharged. Then again bloated, went to the shop and they said they do not carry anymore N73 battery, then I was like what???! damn! Then I changed to N8 :D

    Now loving my Lumia 920, with 8.1 and Cortana!
    I love the live folder feature. Its sweet!

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