Nokia Needs to Announce Some Products in New York

Whether any of the products Nokia announced today are big successes or not, they need to start doing some product announcements in North America. I suggest New York, Seattle, or even Toronto. Put the products into the U.S. market simultaneously with Europe and Asia, and mount a serious marketing effort through T-Mobile, Cingular, and AT&T Wireless.

If Nokia keeps announcing products in Europe and Asia, and shipping them 3 to 6 months later in North America, they will continue to have difficulty generating momentum here for their new products.

If you doubt me, take a look at the comment attached to our recent story Nokia Launching New Phones, Analysts Say "So What?". Jim Hughes said of Nokia's product line:

The 6600 is no longer Nokia's flagship smartphone, in Europe it's getting long in the tooth, remember we had it back in October 2003.

He's got a point. Hardly anyone has a Nokia 6600 in this country yet because it only came out in the U.S. in the last 90 days. It's a very good phone, and it will do better with some people (like Linux system administrators) when Nokia releases its pocket Bluetooth keyboard.