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The rise and fall of the Windows Phone… what went wrong year by year

ByinAnnouncements | May 6, 2019

Windows Phone

Last month Microsoft issued an official announcement on discontinuing works on Windows Phone OS. Since the system is dead, there will be no further developments, no successors to Windows 10 Mobile to compete with dominating the market Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Introduced by Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft’s strategy focuses on collaboration rather than rivalry. This is at least what the Redmond’s team tried to tell itself to explain the decision on giving up on mobile software venture.

However, we can’t forget that the Windows Phone path to failure is paved with a series of smaller successes and developments, which truth to be told Microsoft and its hardware partners have never received enough customer faith in. At the day of its debut, Windows Phone was considered the most original and innovative OS offering beating even the introduced three years earlier Apple’s iPhone. Unlike Android, the Windows Phone didn’t derive from the iconic iOS and worked fluently even on smartphones with basic tech parameters. To understand the reasons behind the Windows Phone failure we need to look back at the beginnings of this ill-fated mobile OS.

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The iconic Nokia 3310 is back, wondering if the phone can chat, navigate or access social networks?

ByinAnnouncements | February 27, 2019

HMD relaunched today the Nokia 3310
Remember the iconic Nokia 3310? Do you too feel a bit nostalgic about that extremely durable and long lasting phone? If so, then you will be surely glad to know that HMD Global, the Finnish company owning the rights to Nokia’s phone brand licensing took the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and presented the first from years full line of Nokia-branded smartphones including the relaunched Nokia 3310.

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Nokia launches two basic phones that cost less than $30

ByinAnnouncements | December 19, 2018

A duo of super cheap Nokia-branded phones are revealed
It’s been a while since we have seen a Nokia-branded phone as over two years ago the Finnish company’s mobile phone unit was acquired by Microsoft. Since then, the new owner has been launching phones under its own name. It’s about to change, though, and very soon we will be seeing Nokia logo again. A new company called HMD Global just pre-announced two basic Nokia phones that cost less than $30.

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Nokia 2 gets official with 99 euro price tag

ByinAnnouncements | November 2, 2017

Nokia 2 gets official with 99 euro price tag

A few months ago HMD Global launched the high-end Nokia 8 and pretty impressive Nokia 7. Right now, the Finnish phone maker is once back with new device but this time focuses on more budget-conscious users and releases the entry-level Nokia 2 that will be easy on their wallet. What’s interesting, beyond the low 99 euro price tag, the Nokia 2 is the first Android phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 212 processor.

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High-end Nokia 8 phone gets official to compete with the Galaxy S8 and Pixel phones

ByinAnnouncements | August 17, 2017

HMD released the Nokia 8

Rumors speculating about release of a high-end Nokia phone have circulated the net for months. Today, HMD Global finally made the phone official. Called the Nokia 8, the handset runs Android platform and impresses us with simple, though simple design and surprisingly powerful hardware. All those features allow the device to compete with the most cutting-edge rivals including the Galaxy S8 and Pixel phones.

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HDM Global unveils the cheapest Nokia phones but they don’t run Android

ByinAnnouncements | July 17, 2017

HMD Global takes the wraps off of Nokia 130

Nokia may try to conquer the world of smartphones, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the company forgot its roots. Today it released two new extremely affordable handsets. Manufactured by HMD Global, the company which owns right to the Nokia brand for phones and tablets, the new phones are said to be the Nokia cheapest offerings currently available in the market. Both the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 are simple feature phones targeting at those who feel nostalgic about the traditional bar design and do not need Android operating system.

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Unlocked Nokia 6, Moto E and Alcatel Idol 5S are now on sale in the US with extra discount if you don’t mind ads on your lock screen

ByinAnnouncements | June 27, 2017

Amazon adds new smartphones to its Prime Exclusive program

Amazon’s Prime Exclusive program is well known among the members for delivering freshly announced phones to the market at lower prices, but it happens rarely that we see phones debuting through the program. That state of things changes today as Amazon has just released the Alcatel Idol 5S. At this point the unannounced smartphone is available to Amazon customers. Along with the Idol 5S, the retailer launched two more phones: Nokia 6 and Moto E4. All three smartphones are sold unlocked and with significant discount, providing that you don’t mind ads on you lock screen.

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Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 offer Android Nougat out of the box for a reasonable price, wondering which to buy?

ByinAnnouncements | February 28, 2017

Nokia 5 will be sold in a single and dual-SIM versions
Taking the Mobile World Congress 2017 stage HMD released three new phones: Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. Those who consider the revamp Nokia 3310 too simple device may want to take a look at these three devices which offer decent smartphone experience and Android Nougat out of box. Wondering which one to buy? Here’s a brief comparison of their key specs and features.

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Nokia plays safe and gets back to the market with a mid-range Nokia 6 running Android Nougat

ByinAnnouncements | January 9, 2017

Nokia in partnership with HMD launches a new mid-range smartphone
Some time ago Nokia shared a word that they’re going to return to the smartphone business in 2017. Keeping the given word, the little forgotten Finnish brand takes the wraps of its new device. Developed under HMD Global, the Nokia 6 perfectly corresponds with all current smartphone trends and offers a combination of premium metal body, solid specs, reasonable price, and Android 7.0 Nougat out of box.

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Surprise! Nokia A1 powered by Android could go on sale in the mid-2016

ByinLeaks & Rumors | April 1, 2016

Nokia is getting ready for a comeback to smartphone market
One of the most famous brands among cell phone users, Nokia, disappeared from the market when Microsoft purchased the Finnish company’s Device and Services division back in 2013. Nokia’s faithful fans, however, had a hard time accepting the fact that there might be no more Nokia-branded phones. Even the manufacturer itself didn’t deny that it was considering launching new phones in the future. Each year thousands of fans asked themselves whether the company was ready for a comeback and finally this year the answer might be “yes.” Allegedly called Nokia A1, a new Android-powered phone could go on sale in mid 2016.

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Microsoft debuts two basic phones with numeric keyboard and touch screen

ByinAnnouncements | December 1, 2015

Microsoft unveils two basic phones
Some experts predict that at one point in the future, smartphone will completely replace regular phones. Looking at how fast smartphone industry develops, it may very well be true, but we are not there yet. Even though the number of smartphone users is increasing by the day, there is still a large group of people who have absolutely no interest in smart technology. With such users in mind Microsoft unveiled two basic phones with numeric keyboard and touch screen.

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Microsoft announces a non-smartphone that allows internet connectivity under 40 bucks

ByinAnnouncements | August 26, 2015

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The internet accompanies us in every aspect of our lives and many of us cannot imagine the world without it. However, there are still developing markets full of people who aren’t especially familiar with technology, Internet and all data services due to the expensive devices. To change that, mobile makers put all their efforts to get these consumers’ attention and infect them with the love for the internet by offering cheap phones with more advanced features. No wonder then that Microsoft introduced a non-smartphone priced under 40 bucks that allows internet connectivity, Skype, Facebook, Twitter and even free games.

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Nokia 105 is a cheap basic phone in a candy bar form that costs only $20

ByinAnnouncements | June 4, 2015

New Nokia 105
In the mobile market dominated by smartphones there are still users who prefer simple, basic phones over the high-tech and pricey smartphones. Being aware of this Microsoft releases a new cheap phone sporting several essential features. Closed in a candy bar form factor the Nokia 105 is an extremely budget-friendly offering priced at mere $20 without any long term contracts.

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Nokia is not dead, may come back to consumer mobile market with a new phone in 2016

ByinLeaks & Rumors | April 20, 2015

Nokia LogoWhen two years ago Microsoft purchased Nokia’s mobile division, the Finnish manufacturer signed a contract which forbade the company to release own-made smartphones until the end of 2015. Now, as the  date is every day closer, Nokia seems to be aiming for its return to the mobile industry business. According to the latest report, the mobile maker has ambitious plans to rejoin consumer mobile market with a new phone in 2016. If you want to learn more about Nokia’s come back, stay with us.

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Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone 8.1 for Sprint is now for sale for free on contract

ByinFREE Phones | January 21, 2015

Lumia 635 for Sprint.It’s not that Nokia’s Windows phones are some kind of scarce products. On the contrary, the brand is very popular among smartphone users but some carriers show strong preferences for other manufacturers and operating systems. By “some” we obviously mean Sprint and its subsidiaries. Don’t worry, though. It appears that the relationship between Sprint and Microsoft who now owns Nokia is warming up again and the proof of this little miracle is that the Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone 8.1 for Sprint is now for sale for free on contract.

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Microsoft unveils Nokia phone priced under $30

ByinAnnouncements | January 5, 2015

Microsoft Nokia 215If you were wondering how Nokia would be doing under Microsoft, we can assure you that everything is perfectly in order. The company already proved that it can satisfy the needs of the most demanding users, as the first smartphones are already in the hands of their owners. Now it’s time to cater for users who are at the other end of the spectrum. With this thought in mind, Microsoft unveiled a Nokia phone priced under $30.

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Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile now selling the Nokia Lumia 635 priced at $99.99

ByinAnnouncements | December 29, 2014

Lumia 635Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are keeping their word and recently added the promised Nokia Lumia 635 to their list of offerings. This is the very first phone running Windows Phone 8.1 that is launched on Sprint network and the first Lumia handset to be available for the carrier’s prepaid users. If you are the Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile customer planning to get yourself affordable Windows smartphone, you may feel interested in the new deal, so let’s check its details.

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Microsoft’s Nokia seems to be working on an Android phone dubbed Nokia C1

ByinLeaks & Rumors | December 22, 2014

Nokia C1Though due to the acquisition deal with Microsoft, Nokia is banned from releasing its own smartphone-like devices, the company can still manufacture other mobile devices under its name. This explains why not so long ago we could witness the debut of the Nokia N1 tablet. Now, the used-to-be Finnish mobile market leader teases the world with renders of another Android-running device. We’re speaking of a smartphone dubbed Nokia C1 that is allegedly scheduled to be launched sometime in 2015.

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Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone coming to Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile

ByinAnnouncements | December 18, 2014

Lumia 635 at Boost Mobile.Sprint has just announced that Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone will be soon joining its list of offerings. The Microsoft phone will be available to both, Sprint and its prepaid service providers, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, with the last two starting to sell the phone next week on December 23. As for the post-paid Sprint customers, they will be able to put their hands on the handset on January 16th.

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AT&T launches three new phones: HTC Desire EYE, HTC One M8 Windows and Nokia Lumia 830

ByinNew Phones | November 7, 2014

HTC Desire Eye „The more the merrier” seems to be AT&T’s motto these days. Earlier this week we brought to you the news that the Ma Bell network would be adding as many as seven new devices to its portfolio this month, from smartphones to cool and creative gadgets. Three of these devices, namely the HTC Desire Eye, the HTC One M8 Windows and the Nokia Lumia 830 were launched today and are waiting for you at AT&T stores.

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