European Networks: Lumia Can't Compete With iPhone and Android

By Jamie Condliffe on at

We like Nokia's Lumia range. We even like Windows Phone, even if we do wish it would get its shit together. Unlike Europe, which seems to think that Nokia's latest Windows-based offerings kinda suck.

Reuters reports that European networks are coming down hard on Nokia's Lumia range, claiming that they're completely dissatisfied with the handsets. The report pinpoints a number of areas the networks believe to be weak, with price, battery life and customer support seeming to be some of the major concerns.

Combined, those issues mean that European networks believe Nokia's new handsets just aren't as good as the iOS and Android phones they find themselves up against. And there's one more hitch to add to the list: WinPho. In fact, one executive explained to Reuters:

"If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell."

It's a shame that Nokia's failing to make an impact in its home continent, but it does flag up just how much catching up there is to do—for both the Swedes and Microsoft. [Reuters]