From the early Cityman 200 model to today’s high-end N-series devices, Nokia has been a major player in the manufacturing of cell phones. Nokia has been making phones for the public since the late 1980’s and is definitely one of the more prolific manufacturers, with its models making up part of the product mix of all major carriers.
Based in a town just outside of Finland, Nokia is a large multi-national corporation employing over 112,262 people in 120 countries.
Nokia builds for GSM, CDMA and WCDMA. Their products have traditionally been considered durable and on balance have received good to excellent reviews.
Interestingly, Nokia sold over 15 mobile phones with MP3 players, effectively making it the world’s largest producer of digital audio players, out-pacing Apple, Sansa, Creative, et al.
At a 2008 stockholder meeting Nokia made the surprising announcement that the plan to shift their attention to the internet, no longer wanting to be seen as a telephone company. This means their competition will shift as well, from Motorola, HTC, LG to Google, Apple and Microsoft.
Considering that Nokia was formed in 1865, their ability to know where they need to be in the market seems a keen one indeed.