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April 27, 2015

Nokia denies smartphone manufacturing re-entry claims

Company says it has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.

By CBR Staff Writer

Nokia has denied media reports regarding its re-entry into the consumer phone market, claiming the reports to be false.

Nokia said: "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China.

"These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive.

"Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets."

The story surfaced when Re/code reported that the Finnish company was planning to re-enter the smartphone market next year, attributing the claim to sources familiar with the matter.

Nokia is presently restricted from sticking its brand name on phones until the end of Q4 2016, which was a part of the Nokia-Microsoft deal, when Nokia sold its cell phone unit to the software maker.

However, Nokia did launch N1 tablet, which was produced under license by Taiwan’s Foxconn and runs on Android.

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Presently, the company is reportedly focusing upon its network business, and recently it announced to acquire France’s Alcatel-Lucent in an attempt to boost its network equipment business.

If the company plans to enter the smartphone market, then it is likely to collaborate with other manufacturers to licence the name, reported The Verge.

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