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Jan 26, 2012

Nokia seen struggling in early days for Windows Phone

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone maker by volume, is expected to remain barely in the black in the fourth quarter, with its new Windows Phone models yet to compensate for diving sales of its legacy smartphones.

Nokia is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings per share falling 82 percent from a year ago to 0.04 euros and to forecast a weak start to 2012, when it releases results at around 1100 GMT.

Jan 25, 2012

Core suppliers savour bigger Apple pie

Jan 25 (Reuters) – Suppliers basked in the reflection
of Apple’s glowing results on Wednesday after the
company’s gold standard iPhones and iPads flew off the shelves
over the holiday sales season.

Apple’s forecast-beating fourth-quarter figures late on
Tuesday helped it to beat Google’s Android as the
largest smartphone platform in the United States and to regain
the world’s largest smartphone maker spot from Samsung
.

Jan 25, 2012

Data shows Apple beats Google smartphones in U.S.

By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent

(Reuters) – Booming demand for the latest iPhone model helped Apple beat all phones using Google’s Android platform in the U.S. smartphone market in the fourth quarter, data showed on Wednesday.

Research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Apple’s share of the U.S. market doubled from a year ago to 44.9 percent in the October to December period, just beating Google’s Android smartphones, which slipped to 44.8 percent from 50 percent.

Jan 25, 2012

Apple beat Google smartphones in U.S.-researcher

Jan 25 (Reuters) – Booming demand for the latest iPhone
model helped Apple beat all phones using Google’s
Android platform in the U.S. smartphone market in the fourth
quarter, data showed on Wednesday.

Research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Apple’s share
of the U.S. market doubled from a year ago to 44.9 percent in
the October to December period, just beating Google’s
Android smartphones, which slipped to 44.8 percent from 50
percent.

Jan 24, 2012

Finnish startup Blaast taps operators in app race

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish technology startup Blaast unveiled on Tuesday its first major deal, signing up Indonesian operator XL Axiata (EXCL.JK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and said it aims to tap more carriers to grab a share of booming mobile application market.

Blaast has built a platform to distribute apps to mid-range cellphones, enabling carriers to sell more data packages bundled with free access to applications.

Jan 24, 2012

Chipmakers’ forecasts prompt fears of Nokia slump

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Weak quarterly reports from Nokia’s chipset suppliers prompted fears of a sales slump in the Finnish company’s older smartphones, sending its shares 8 percent lower on Tuesday.

While Nokia dumped its old Symbian smartphone platform in February 2011 in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Symbian was expected to account for a vast majority of its smartphone sales for a while longer.

Jan 23, 2012

Nokia Siemens secures 1.2 billion euro loan: source

By Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has raised more than 1.2 billion euros from a group of 14 European and U.S. banks as it looks to restructure the business and pay costs of a big redundancy program, a source close to the deal said on Monday.

NSN was originally seeking to raise 1.5 billion euros, but had to settle for a smaller amount due to market turmoil, the source added.

Jan 23, 2012

Nokia Siemens secures 1.2 bln euro loan-source

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)
has raised more than 1.2 billion euros from a group of
14 European and U.S. banks as it looks to restructure the
business and pay costs of a big redundancy programme, a source
close to the deal said on Monday.

NSN was originally seeking to raise 1.5 billion euros, but
had to settle for a smaller amount due to market turmoil, the
source added.

Jan 23, 2012

Nokia Siemens secures 1.2 bln euro loan deal

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)
has raised more than 1.2 billion euros from a group of
14 European and U.S. banks as it looks to restructure the
business and pay costs of a big redundancy programme, a source
close to the deal said on Monday.

NSN was originally seeking to raise 1.5 billion euros, but
had to settle for a smaller amount due to market turmoil, the
source added.

Jan 19, 2012

Sony Ericsson loss heralds tough start for sole owner

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sony Ericsson was sucked back into a loss in 2011 by an industry slowdown and cut-throat competition, leaving new owner Sony facing an uphill struggle to join the top tier of handset providers.

The world’s ninth-biggest cellphone maker was left behind in the smartphone boom powered by rivals such as Apple and Samsung Electronics and its legacy of unappealing feature phones and high costs continue to drag on performance.