European carriers have rubbished Nokia’s chances of usurping Android and the iPhone at the top of the smartphone market, as the Finnish phone-maker attempts a comeback with its Lumia range.
Interviews with anonymous movers and shakers at networks conducted by Reuters revealed a damning vote of no-confidence in Lumia phones, claiming they are overpriced for what they offer and have been inadequately marketed.
According to the finance news wonks, the industry bods also slammed Nokia’s efforts for the damaging, if short-lived, software and battery problems that blighted the Lumia 800 early on and put off would-be buyers.
An exec said: "No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone.
"Nokia have given themselves a double challenge: to restore their credibility in terms of making hardware smartphones and succeed with the Microsoft Windows operating system, which lags in the market.”
His remarks were echoed by top brass at another network, who called for Nokia to lower the price of Lumia handsets to help “get [them] out of the door”.
The withering indictment of Nokia comes it reported sales of two million Lumia kits in the first quarter of the year – well below an expected figure of three million.