It was the summer of 2009, just a few weeks after the launch of “Ovi Store”, on which I’d been working on for months. I was working on a presentation for an MT (management team) meeting the next day when I started to get phone calls from my husband about our oldest daughter – he was home with her because she wasn’t feeling well. She was getting worse and worse and he was taking her to the doctor, the doctor sent them to the hospital for more tests. At the end of the day I went straight to the hospital from the office.
Month: January 2017
Nokia – it’s the company name with an almost magical tone to it. When Finland was suffering the terrible depression and record unemployment of the 90’s, Nokia came up with one of the company’s greatest success stories, 2110, and started rocketing towards stardom. The mobile business lifted not only the company – which only a few years earlier had struggled to stay in business – but an entire Northern nation to economic success and a brand of its own. The reliable, effective, hard-working Finns; “Japan of the North” and their mysterious
My first phone was Nokia N73 music edition, black. My father’s and everyone else’s phone in my family was a Nokia as well. The reason I insist on capitalizing the brand name in the middle of my sentences however, goes beyond that.
My phone meant way more to me (and still does) way more than its technical features. This might sound like an emo teenager’s rant but then that’s what Nokia is to me, an emotion. Being an insomniac, I used stay up all night long and it was only the glowing screen of my phone that stayed awake with me, playing songs or reading up something. It had so many sophisticated features I can write lines on. There were times when I would be down and out and being an introvert would turn to phone. My N73 was always there with me, through my toughest times.
I had joined a company that, although it was still the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, was struggling to find its place in a market where it now had to compete against Apple and Google. The infamous burning platform memo had been published and leaked, and the decision to move to Windows Phone had been made.
It was a tough time for many,
I worked for Nokia for years and recently for Microsoft in the Mobile Devices business. I was a passionate employee and always loyal to my company in every single situation. When iPhone became popular, my youngsters were very keen on getting their own iPhones, but I always told them that my kids would use Nokia phones and no other phones would be considered. I was so strict that I even said: “Other phone brands would be allowed – only over my dead body!”
Occasionally, my youngsters tested me again whether I had changed my mind, like when they complained about apps not available in the Windows app store. But no way, I was firm and was like I was not hearing what they said: “My darlings, you know what my answer is: only over my dead body.“
A year ago, I suddenly found out