When Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion this past October, people have been wondering how the software giant would integrate the VoIP giant. This issue has been extended to Nokia. Mobility blogger Tomi Ahonen wrote a report about the Nokia shareholders meeting in Finland and it sounded like Nokia CEO Stephen Elop had to answer some tough questions. Ahonen said “Elop had explained that Nokia, together with Microsoft, is now attempting to convince carriers/operators to accept Skype against their wills, by marketing/pricing/sales gimmicks. This admission says to me that the carriers are truly hostile towards Nokia about the matter and this negotiation attempt is futile.”
None of the Windows Phone devices have Skype pre-installed. Microsoft recently released Skype for Windows Phone 1.0 recently on the Windows Phone Marketplace. Elop even admitted at the meeting that in most countries where the Lumia launched has been poor. In the U.S. and Finland, Nokia sales have been stronger. In Europe, Lumia sales are not doing too hot though.
When Elop was asked by a shareholder about channel issues due to Skype, Elop said “If the operator doesn’t want us, it doesn’t want us. We will appeal to them with other arguments. We have more to offer to them. It is a good point to start the discussion from Skype.”
“This admission says to me that the carriers are truly hostile towards Nokia about the matter and this negotiation attempt is futile,” said Ahonen.