Nokia Chief Implies RIM Never Crossed His Mind as Strategic Partner

Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop intimated that the worlds largest handset maker did not consider Research in Motion (RIM) as a strategic partner before the company announced an alliance with Microsoft in February.

When asked whether Nokia ever discussed a partnership with the BlackBerry manufacturer RIM, Elop told the Financial Post that Nokia needed an ecosystem,” and RIM apparently didnt fit the bill.

Our assessment was that there are only two large-scale ecosystems out there. One is Apples, which is owned and operated and controlled by Apple, uniquely for them. So thats not an option,” Elop said. The other is Android.”

Elop defined an ecosystem as services from the Internet, its applications created by developers, its all of those pieces that in addition to your device create a great experience.”

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