15 thoughts on “Nokia plays the Twango”

  1. The problem in America is that several of Nokia’s best handsets are too full featured. The control-hungry carriers don’t like this and don’t sell these models. So you either have to:

    A) Buy an unlocked version without a subsidized price. This would be fine, but often times you can’t take full advantage of a carrier’s service unless you buy one of their phones.

    B) Buy a perfectly fine Nokia phone with a UI and features that are crippled by the carrier. Verizon rules at this, btw. UIs fear Verizon and its powerful ability to negate elegance and productivity.

    C) Go with a different brand.

    It’s a shame, because Nokia has some brilliant stuff…that works better in Europe and Asia.


  2. WSJ indicates the deal is worth no more than ~97M. Isn’t it slightly ridiculous that this deal could have been valued higher than the Loudeye acquisition? Twango doesn’t even have 1M users!

  3. American carriers are the worst at crippling, but not unique.

    The thing that carriers internationally are starting to work out is that as long as they get data-revenue, then they can deal with it.

    Also, Nokia, with its wide industry-experience, unlike the arrogance of u.s. web-companies, is able to handle white-labelling and working with the carriers, -it’s had to work that fine line between supplying and competing since gprs started spreading.

    Yours kindly,

    Shakir Razak

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  5. Its funny how Nokia keeps trying to go around the carrier – first Club Nokia and now with photos. How will they make money from this if the carrier says to Nokia, sorry you cannot put any links on the device to give users access to Twango if you want to sell on phone to me. Notice how Verizon is mandating a Verizon user interface on all their devices.

  6. most of the phones nokia ships aren’t through a carrier. shipping a phone with a carrier attached is primarily a US thing.

    nokia is making some smart moves. they have more distribution than almost anyone in the world and they can leverage it to compete with yahoo, goog, etc.

  7. “Notice how Verizon is mandating a Verizon user interface on all their devices.”

    Yes, I have noticed this, which is why I’d never EVER use Verizon. It’s impressive how a company can take a phone with a perfectly good UI and turn it into garbage.

  8. I was a satisfied user of Twango as a media host for my blog for about a year. Without warning Twango stopped hosting the player. Supposedly it was to be for a few weeks but it has continued since the Nokia deal.

    I suppose this is all about Nokia rather than making any pretense of Twango becoming a serious alternative to Youtube as they did at the beginning.

    Too bad. I’m switching everything to youtube. It was good while it lasted.

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