Nokia N9 release not in the UK, is the device dead already?

By Posted 10 Aug 2011, 12:33

We recently told you that a Nokia countdown page had appeared for the N9 on the company’s Swedish website. The countdown is due to end on September 23, and at the time it was not known if the date was for other countries around the world. Now we have news that the Nokia N9 release will not be in the UK, so is the device dead already?

The new flagship smartphone which will be running the MeeGo operating system, is seen by many to be the first handset to begin the Nokia fight back as the company tries to regain some of the market share it has been losing in recent times. Now TechRadar are reporting that the Nokia has no plans to offer the device in the UK in the near future.

In a statement the company provided to PaidContent said “Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present.”

The handset was originally revealed in London, and was well received by most of the UK press but the handset was never confirmed for a UK release. Makes you wonder why though Nokia gave the UK press early viewings of the device if they never intended to launch the device in the country. Nokia have said that it uses “a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available”.

This latest information follows on from the news that the handset won’t be making the shores of the US. Nokia is probably going to concentrate on launching its range of Windows Phone 7 devices which are nearing release in these markets. We told you earlier that the Symbian OS was being discontinued in North America as the company gears up for Windows Phone 7.

Trouble is there will still be Nokia fans in both countries who wanted to see what the MeeGo operating system was like. But you would have thought the company would want to launch the device in as many markets as possible in an attempt to increase sales. Maybe the company already thinks the handset would fail to make any impact, and is limiting it to a restricted release.

What do you think? Has the Nokia N9 failed already?