The beginning of a new era: Nokia phone division to be rebranded to Microsoft Mobiles


The name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy ahead of the closure of Nokia-Microsoft deal before the end of April, if the contents of a leaked letter in Finland are to be believed.

WPCentral, a reliable website devoted to Windows Phone news and updates reports that Nokia has reportedly sent a letter to their suppliers to address just that matter:

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Under the terms of the sale, Microsoft will assume all rights, benefits and obligations of the Nokia Devices and Services business, including Nokia’s agreements with suppliers, customers and partners which pertain to the Devices and Services business. Therefore, the purpose of this letter is to update you that the current terms and conditions that you have with the Devices and Services business will not change.

Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices.

As we detailed in this post last year when Microsoft announced the acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft purchased substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. This isn’t the end of Nokia entirely though. Nokia will still keep its networking, mapping and location businesses and technologies. However, Microsoft  will use Nokia’s HERE mapping technology, for which it will still pay annual fees. The company left behind by Microsoft will also keep rights to its name Nokia though Microsoft has bought the licence to use the Nokia brand name for 10 years as part of its $7.2 billion deal.

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