re: Nokia's Lumia 'Not Good Enough' Say Carriers
You're probably right that the Lumia 900 can make a go of it in the US if AT&T, Microsoft and Nokia continue to advertise and publicize what is clearly a best of breed device. As usual for Nokia, the phone is an engineering marvel and Windows mobile is a delight as well. The comments in the article about a minor rollout glitch for AT&T are not very useful.
Still I think that your reaction to rest of the article is a little off base, not because of your perfectly reasonable loyalty to Microsoft but because it reflects US-centric thinking.
Microsoft is looking for mobile salvation and mindshare here at home and AT&T, like all carriers, wants to break the Apple/Android duopoly. Now that the iPhone is no longer exclusive to AT&T, it would love to be the first with a hot new product. All of this makes it seem as though the US will make or break Nokia. Mr. Zeman is suggesting not so, and I agree. It's important but it can't be the savior.
Nokia is first and foremost a European company; in fact when they did their pioneering work in cellular technology 30-40 years ago they saw themselves as a Finnish company. Only in the last 15 years or so did they go international; in doing so they targeted Asia and all of the Americas, not just the US.
It wasn't a good thing when Nokia's smartphone strategies proved wrong-headed especially here in the US. Still because of their elegance and quality Nokia feature phones remained dominant in many emerging markets, including large markets like India. That has sustained Nokia for several years while they tried to find a winning strategy.
What's taking them to the brink now is the erosion of their share in these markets as inexpensive Android handsets are catching on quickly and Blackberries are pushing into the enterprise in surprising areas. Stemming that tide would seem to be Nokia's highest priority: They are already in the game and there's enormous growth potential. It would seem that Nokia gets this: They have lowered the price on the Lumia 710 in those markets just today. (See article in WSJ.)
At the same time Nokia must focus on its home base. Europe likes to support European manufacturers, and to tweak its nose at American technological imperialism. Think Airbus vs Boeing, etc., etc. Nokia has to sell European carriers and buyers on why their new products are on a par with the best in the world and a worthy choice.
Within that framework, sure Nokia, party on in the US. Just remember that your partners in the US have as much skin in the game as you do. Let them do the heavy lifting while you get your own house in order.