It was 2001. My aunt had just couriered me her old Nokia 3310 because she had got herself a new Nokia. Being an underpaid journalist far away from home, I was quick to latch on to the offer. I used that old phone for two years, during which period I fell in love and got married to the woman who is now my wife.
The phone, and BSNL’s night time free SMS plan, paid a huge role in our courtship. Just after marriage my wife gifted me a new Nokia 6230 with a colour screen, a big upgrade.I still have that phone somewhere in my house and I am pretty sure that if I charge it for a couple of hours, it should be able to work like before.
But a decade later, I cannot buy a Nokia phone anymore. Nor can I buy the kind of trust associated with that Finnish brand we all called the mobile phone for many years.
Today, Nokia’s new owners Microsoft Devices announced the launch of the Lumia 535. Yes, the first Lumia phone without the Nokia branding. No surprises here, for we had reported earlier this year that this change was in the offing. But seeing the Nokia brand fade away brings in a flood of memories.
There are very few brands that would have touched our lives as much as Nokia and there would be very few of us who haven’t used their products at least once in our lives. I am sure each one of us has a Nokia story of our own.
The Lumia 535 has a 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel front and rear cameras and 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, but no Nokia branding anywhere. It will be the Microsoft Lumia 535. This will be the first of many Microsoft Lumia devices, and usher in the last few months where we might be able to buy a Nokia branded device. Microsoft has the license to use the Nokia brand for few more years, but it seems Redmond does not want to become more dependent on the legacy.
There are reports that, once the Microsoft license is over, Nokia will return, maybe with even an Android phone.
But till then, it is Goodbye Nokia. Or should we say näkemiin Nokia?
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