Microsoft will buy Nokia in a matter of weeks, according to the influential mobile analyst who first broke the news that Nokia would be producing Windows Phone powered handsets.
According to an unsubstantiated tweet from the seemingly extraordinarily well connected Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review, the companies have agreed a price of around $27 billion, despite some hard negotiating from the Big M.
Murtazin stated: “Finally. Nokia could be sold in a few weeks. Price 27billions [sic] for the whole company. Microsoft in a hurry but want to pay much less.”
The editor of the Russian site, who it is alleged works as an analyst for some of Nokia’s major rivals, has been forecasting a Nokia sell-off for months now – much to the chagrin of Nok Nok’s movers and shakers and the derision of some tech watchers who regard much of his forthright commentary as pure conjecture.
However, there are some very real advantages for Microsoft that add a veneer of credibility to his statements. Not least among them being that acquiring a mobile manufacturer would enable the Redmond-based company to exert more control over its Windows platform.
What’s more, we’ve learned that dismissing Murtazin isn’t something you do lightly – especially where Nokia is concerned.
Not only was he proved correct when he forecast that Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was not long for his position at the top of the tree. Murtazin was also bang on in forecasting that Nokia would retire its Ovi brand for app stores and services.