More cautiously optimistic news for both Windows Phone and Nokia have bubbled up from Nokia’s earnings release today.
Nokia’s Windows Phone shipments have doubled both in USA and overall, going from
300,000 to 600,000 in USA and 2.2 to 4 million worldwide.
The good news going forward is, consistent with our own findings, that the announcement of a lack of a Windows phone upgrade has not affected Lumia sales negatively, with Stephen Elop at a Nokia investor callÂ quoted as sayingÂ Â today, Â “Lumia activations were flat to up in the weeks following Windows Phone 8 announcement.”
Nokia also confirmed for the first time that it intends to continue selling existing Windows phones “beyond the launch” of Windows Phone 8 and intended to continue updating these handsets, suggesting somewhat that Windows Phone 8′s low end strategy may be Windows Phone 7.8.
He confirmed also that it was rapidly dwindling Symbian sales which were the problem, with Nokia in its statement blaming most of the declines on falling demand for Symbian devices, which could not be offset by rising demand for Lumia devices.
Sales of Nokia smartphones rose 45 percent in North America, to Â â‚¬128 million, the first such increase in at least a decade. The companyâ€™s loss in the three months through June was â‚¬1.4 billion, or $1.7 billion.
â€œNokia is taking action to manage through this transition period,â€ Mr. Elop, a former Microsoft executive, said in a statement. â€œWe shipped four million Lumia smartphones in Q2. We believe the Windows Phone 8 launch will be an important catalyst for Lumia.â€
Nokia also saw good news in the feature phone department, with sales increasing toÂ 73.5 million, up 2 percent from a year earlier.
IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo notedÂ â€œNokiaâ€™s quarterly loss was less than expected, and the volumes of its basic feature phones are increasing, which is a good sign. The results on Lumia show that the companyâ€™s turnaround strategy, which is a long-term project, could succeed.â€
â€œNokia has been in free fall in recent quarters, and while it is not out of the woods yet, it does seem as if it is pretty close to the bottom,â€ added Canalys analyst Pete Cunningham.
Nokia currently has cash reserves of â‚¬4.2 billion, down fromÂ Â â‚¬4.9 billion in Q1 2012, but much better than theÂ Â â‚¬3.7 billion analysts predicted.
Nokia shares are up as much as 15% on the earnings news.