Microsoft aims to buy Nokia, subject to being allowed. It will all help towards the ‘devices and services’ direction that Ballmer has set in motion. The only problem I can see is getting Nokia to make a really good phone.
Nokia did make a very good phone indeed, but it was a while ago, around 2000. It was called the Nokia 3310, a solid little device which could be customized by the fixing of a veritable plethora of 3rd party covers. Reception was brilliant and sound quality was second to none.
I had one c/w Stars and Stripes covers and Star Spangled Banner ringtone. It made it instantly recognisable in looks and sound, especially as I was living in the UK. The service provider was Orange, undoubtedly the best service provider at the time, and the phone never missed a beat. I understand that service provided by AT&T and Rogers was not good, so reviews in North America were not so glowing.
For the rest of the world no longer in the cellphone dark ages, it was a gem. I let it go because I was planning to move out of the UK into Europe or maybe North America, and the 3310 wasn’t a tri-band model. The replacement was a tri-band Motorola, probably the biggest mistake I ever made.
So, Nokia has it all to do. There will never be another 3310 but we can only hope that Nokia have not forgotten how to make a really good cellphone..