Nokia Stock On Upswing As BlackBerry Rides the Storm

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It looks like Nokia Corporation is making new Tablets and phones for 2014, according to what we read in the article below.  The stock is at near $8.00, closing at $7.94 (NYSE ADR ) while BlackBerry (BBRY on NASDAQ) has been coasting at $6.50, where it bottomed September, 2012. That BlackBerry has been at near $6.50 for ten days may well mean that it will only go up from here. Here’s the story on Nokia:

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is going to launch new handsets in 2014

“Boston, MA, 11/13/2013 (wallstreetpr) – The new handsets and tablets belonging to Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) are going to be much faster and unique as compared to the present models available in the market. After Nokia Lumia 1520, the management of the Nokia Corporation announced that they are going to launch Lumia 2020 and Lumia 1820. According to the information made available from Nokia Power House, the Nokia Lumia 1820 is going to be thin, metallic uni body and lytro style. This handset of Nokia Corporation is going to be launched at the MWC 2014. This phone is also imaged to be the next Nokia Corporation’s flagship device.

Much information has not been made available related to the Nokia Lumia 1820, but there are rumors that this phone is going to be the first Microsoft smart phone. Microsoft Corporation is going to unveil their first smart phone with the help of Lumia series and this handset is also rumored to be the first Nokia Corporations handset without having the Nokia brand name on it.

Talking about the Nokia Lumia 2020, it is going to set a new name for the 8 inch tablets available in the market. This tablet of Nokia Corporation would be having 800 snap dragons processor in it and would also be having 1080 resolution display. The Nokia Lumia 2020 would be faster as compared to the Lumia 2520. It will have higher PPI display and will be available with stylus support.

The arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1080 p is also expected from the company in the near future. Moreover, Nokia Corporation has launched their first tablet known as Lumia 2520.

Talking about the trading sessions of Nokia Corporation, the estimations made available by Market Watch, the stock of shares of Nokia Corporation has an average price target of $7.47 with a consensus holding of hold.”

Source: http://wallstreetpr.com/nokia-corporation-adr-nysenok-is-going-to-launch-new-handsets-in-2014-12453

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So What is Nokia Up To?

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I have been with T-Mobile for about ten years, and my first phone was, if I recall correctly, a Nokia candy phone of the Symbian  60 model 3300 variety.  I learned to text message on this device. Along the way, I have also had a Samsung SGH-R255M, pictured above, that fits the palm of my hand, and a Sony Ericsson T80.  I have had a Nokia slider Music 5300 that also fit nicely in the palm of my hand, that I still carry with me when I travel to Canada or Europe and slip in a local SIM card.  I must say that I do like the ability to easily slip my phone in my pocket.  The 5″ sized Samsung of late boggles my mind, as one needs a purse for such a phone.

My introduction to smart phones, was really, I guess,  a pseudo smart-phone, the Nokia 5230 Nuron, which I was (I hate to admit it, but it is true..) using until I finally cut the SIM and stuck it into the OS 10 Dev Alpha device a few months ago.  Having been using the BlackBerry OS 10 device, it is not likely that I will go back to Nokia, especially with the Windows partnership.  None the less, I recently decided to buy some Nokia stock to balance my BlackBerry holdings.  At $3.32 it is a bargain, and I think it can only increase in value over the long term.

Nokia 5230 Nuron shown above

So, I thought that I would write about what Nokia is up to, near as I can see.  It seems like the company is betting on volume sales by making an innovative phone that will sell for $20. The Nokia 105 features preloaded games, a color screen, a radio, a speaking clock and a flashlight. The phone, Nokia’s cheapest ever, has been available for a few weeks in India and Indonesia and will soon start selling in Europe.  The phone is expected to have margins of 20% and compete with the Chinese entries from ZTE and Huawei Technologies Co. that have whittled away at Nokia’s volume sales of low end phones.  The same can be said about what is now happening to BlackBerry’s OS 7 base.  The idea is to build brand loyalty at the low end to carry through to the higher end Lumia lines.  From the Bloomberg article referenced below:

“The low-end, high-volume part of the mobile-phone market is a huge opportunity for Nokia (NOK1V) in developing countries,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at IDC in London. “These users will be likely to upgrade to more expensive phones over time, so it’s a good strategy to keep a high market share in this segment. The 105 is “very competitive” and should help Nokia with its low-end recovery effort, said Neil Mawston, an analyst at researcher Strategy Analytics in London. A predecessor to the 105, called the 1280, sold more than 100 million units over three years. Simpler phones have “been the bedrock of Nokia’s business for the past decade,” Mawston said.

Nokia’s expertise in handset production makes it possible to turn a profit on a $20 phone, Jeronimo said. For years the world’s largest mobile-phone maker and now No. 2, Nokia makes more than 600,000 phones a day in seven factories around the world, using parts from suppliers it knows well. Chinese rivals may be able to make a device as cheap as the 105, but they lack the features and services from Nokia, Jeronimo said.

The candybar-shaped 105 is 25 percent cheaper than the Nokia 1280, yet its battery lasts 56 percent longer — 35 days. The phone is resistant to water and dust and comes with text- message-based tools that teach English and provide basic health- care advice.

Despite such features, the company sought to simplify the phone’s software, which in turn allowed it to use cheaper parts, said Dirk Didascalou, head of R&D for Nokia’s mobile-phone business.

“To be successful at the low end, one needs to explicitly do innovative work with a focus on delivering value,” he said by phone from Nokia’s research facility in Beijing. “If you don’t, you get in a cost spiral where you’re always a bit too expensive compared to somebody else.”

Even as the slump in simple handsets has stolen investor attention, Nokia’s main goal is to make a full recovery in smartphones, where profit margins are widest. Apple (AAPL)’s 32- gigabyte iPhone 5 sells for $750, while Samsung’s Galaxy S4 goes for $640 and Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 is $450.

Nokia sold 5.6 million Lumia phones, which run on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows, in the first quarter, up from 4.4 million in the previous three months. But the iPhone and Android control more than 90 percent of the smartphone market, while Nokia has just 3 percent, according to Strategy Analytics. So it’s far from clear Nokia can break that dominance even if its low-end devices recover, said Mikko Ervasti, an analyst at Evli Bank in Helsinki.

“Nokia may still be the second-biggest phone maker in the world,” Ervasti said. “But if it’s going to have a chance at long-term success it needs to make sure it also has the right smartphones.”

Nokia Sees Revival With Handsets at 97% Discount to IPhone

Nokia 105 shown above

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photo and quote source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-28/nokia-betting-on-20-handset-as-it-loses-ground-on-iphone.html

BBRY Closes Near $16 USD (up near 7%) Two Days Before Going In Store with New Z10 in USA

BBRY Closes Near $16 USD (up near 7%) Two Days Before Going In Store with New Z10 in USA

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BlackBerry stock has gone up near $10 in about six-seven months or on average @$1.45/month, since September 2012:

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This forward trajectory continues, and with the in-store placement of the Z10  in the USA by this Friday, March 22, 2013, I would expect the stock to continue to do well. Contrast this with Nokia’s stock which has remained flat over the last 6.5-7 months and to Apple stock which is clearly on the decline over the same period.  With the newly re-designed OS, BlackBerry 10, based on QNX, BBRY is uniquely positioned to move forward with the new embedded machine to machine (m2m) systems and to bring out more sophisticated hardware.

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