Things are going badly in the Nokia-Microsoft marriage. The first batch of Windows phones did not do as well as Nokia hoped – that was the beginning of their troubled partnership. And then, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 phones would not get the Windows 8 updates. In one fell swoop, the Nokia Lumia 900 was all but dead. Only 300,000 of these ill fated smartphones have been sold – a market share of 0.3 percent.
And frankly, what store wants to buy a phone that seems doomed to fail? Within a few weeks of purchase, its operating system will be outdated with no chance of being updated. The Nokia Lumia 900 comes only with the modest Windows 7.8 update, which has just a few of the updates that will appear with Windows 8.
Nokia is preparing for the worst, halving the price of the Lumia 900 to $50. It’s an incredible price for a smartphone, and people looking for the basics of a smartphone without the hefty price tag should snatch one up. Even the Windows phones from HTC and Samsung have been selling better than Nokia’s. For their sake, let’s hope Nokia’s Windows 8 phones fare better than the 7′s.