Rumor: Microsoft To Buy Nokia For $30 Billion
The Russian blogger, Eldar Murtazin is back with a new set of predictions. Eldar Murtazin claims that Microsoft is preparing to purchase Nokia’s mobile division and talks regarding this deal will begin next week. It’s not the first time Murtazin started off some rumors and there is always some truth in his words.
Last year Murtazin claim that Nokia will ditch Symbian from its high-end devices and it will switch to Windows Phone 7 devices. And later few months ago, Nokia and Microsoft announced a deal regarding Windows Phone 7 Nokia smartphones which will be released sometime later in 2012.
The last rumor was also concerned Nokia and it involved killing the Ovi brand. Guess what? Nokia has killed Ovi earlier today and it announced that, from now on, all Ovi Services will be referred to as NokiaServices.
Now Eldar Murtazin claims that Microsoft is going to buy Nokia’s mobile division meaning that the Finnish-based company will no longer produce smartphones. The deal will see Microsoft paying more than $30 billion for Nokia after last week it paid $8.5 billion for Skype.
Microsoft is on a buying spree which is not unusual at all as last year it tried to purchase Yahoo for an amount of more than $40 billion. Still, it’s weird that Nokia is selling what made it famous. Nokia is still leading the cellphone market with about 30% share.
Why would Nokia sell its mobile division to Microsoft? They already have an agreement regarding WP7 devices. Microsoft should be fine with this as Nokia won’t join the Android party and Redmond will take advantage of Nokia’s reputation on the cellphone market.