I Miss My Nokia, Or Why Nokia Should Have a Finance Plan in the US

I Miss My Nokia

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N97.

Lauren and Dave are getting married on Saturady in Seattle and I am a bridesmaid. This afternoon I drove up to Glendale to meet up with Felicity Lao and Kim Ray for a trial wedding day makeup run.
As Felicity was putting makeup on Kim, I was taking photos with the Nokia N97 that I am currently trialing and Felicity – a current iPhone owner – said, “I miss my Nokia.” I handed her the N97 and she tested out the touchscreen and qwerty keyboard and again announced that she missed having a Nokia phone.
Kim asked about the camera and said she wanted a phone with a better camera. Felicity then said she didn’t like the camera on the iPhone. Then both of them asked me how much the Nokia N97 cost, when I told them $500 they both blanched. Kim then asked which wireless carrier had it for less, I said none in the US.
Both Felicity and Kim were sad that such a nice touchscreen cameraphone was not to be had in the US for under $200. Over the course of the conversation, it became obvious that both of them had been starter Nokia owners in the past but had moved on to other smartphones with their carriers and were unhappy with the phones that they had, mostly due to poor build quality and lack of high quality camera, but were unwilling to spend more than $200 on a mobile phone.
After thinking about it, I realized that if Nokia and the various US mobile carriers/operators can’t come to agreements to have good high end Nokias available to folks in the US for a decent subsidized price, then maybe Nokia should take a cue from the Apple online store and sell unlocked Nokia phones for either the straight up price or for a small price per month for 24 months.
If Kim and Felicity are both willing to pay AT&T $200 for the iphone plus >$80 a month for the rate plan, then why should they not pay Nokia $28 a month for the Nokia N97 or N97 mini or N86 or N79 and then get a sim chip / rate plan from whoever they want?
If Nokia charge $28 a month for 24 months and showed it as prominent option next to the phone on their website and advertise their finance plans, then they would not only sell more phones but provide the perception that their high quality mobiles are also a good value for one’s dollar.

One thought on “I Miss My Nokia, Or Why Nokia Should Have a Finance Plan in the US

  1. This is what frustrates me endlessly about the US market (comparatively at least), here in Europe I can walk into any store on Oxford Street and walk out with the latest handset without handing over a single penny.
    One day you guys will catch up, I’m certain. I just don’t know when.

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