While the US awaits word from AT&T on just how successful the Lumia 900 launch has gone, it seems Nokia isn’t winning any carrier love in Europe. With yesterdays move to downgrade Nokia’s credit rating by Moodys and S&P announcing a similar downgrade in March, Nokia doesn’t seem poised for a turnaround.
Reuters spoke with four European carriers discussing Nokia devices and learned that the carriers feel Windows Phone just isn’t good enough to compete with iOS and Android.
“No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone,” said an executive in charge of mobile devices at a European operator, which has sold the Lumia 800 and 710 since December. “If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell.”
While operators may want a viable competitor to Apple and Android, not just to offer customers more choice but also to give them stronger bargaining positions, Windows Phone has yet to prove itself. Now, with RIM in its own downward spiral amid new rumors of RIM executives speaking with banks about options for the company, Apple and Android look better poised than ever to continue dominating the mobile market.
Sorry Nokia, better luck next time?