Nokia will leave completely leave the Japanese Market by the end of August shutting down all nokia and vetu Stores. It seems that the slow Symbian devices didn’t woo anyone nor did the promise for the upcoming windows phone 7 has anyone of them interested so it over and out for them. The ironic part is that the Japanese had dumped Nokia long time ago and they didn’t even know that they were still there.
The Finnish handset manufacturer had stopped supplying cell phones to Japanese carriers in 2008, according to the report.Nokia will shut high-end Vertu handset stores in Tokyo’s Shibuya and Ginza districts by the end of July, the report said. The Vertu business has been struggling as the popularity of smartphones rose, the business daily reported.
Nokia’s phone service, run on network infrastructure leased from NTT DoCoMo Inc., will be discontinued when its contract expires at the end of August, the daily said. Nokia’s Tokyo office will stay open till the end of the year to handle fee refunds and other matters, the paper reported. Vertu handsets cost 600,000 yen ($7,450) to 20 million yen ($248,354) each, with some models decorated with precious metals or traditional Japanese lacquer designs, the Nikkei reported.