Why Nokia Is Reviving Old Phones?

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Nokia, once a brand name which was a synonym for mobile phone lost its charm to the wind of iOS and Android. Not so long ago, it was resurrected by HMD Global. If you are following Nokia, you will know that it is reviving old Nokia phones. First, they revived the classic Nokia 3310 as known as The Brick Phone (I call it Mjolnir “Thor’s Hammer”) and now the Banana Phone Nokia 8110 which was popularised by the Hollywood Movie “The Matrix”. The question is WHY NOKIA IS REVIVING OLD PHONES?

 

The first reason I can think about is ATTENTION. People still love the Nokia brand, they are somehow emotionally attached to the brand. It doesn’t matter whether or not they are going to use the phone, but they will still purchase it and Nokia knows that. This makes perfect sense, knowing your customers is the key to success.

The second-best reason is FORGETTING THE PAST (History). Nokia + Microsoft = FAIL, we all know that. It wasn’t the OS that sucks, but it was the app store. The success of any OS is how many apps it has to offer to make our day to day task easy. SYMBIAN OS was far better during its time, it was the mother of all the OS and this is what made it successful back then. I still own the last SYMBIAN phone; the legendary NOKIA 808 PUREVIEW. Nokia is now going on PURE ANDROID EXPERIENCE “Android One”, they have embraced the Android Brand and even sold more Android phones than Google. In other words, Nokia is saying “Microsoft days are over and we are all into Google now”.

And the last reason is MAKING PHONES WHICH EVERYONE WANTS TO USE. Just like the good old days, giving good software support and legendary Nokia’s built quality is what people expect and Nokia delivers. Their partnership is ZEISS what made them the best camera phone back then is going to continue in this era as well. And I am expecting bigger sensor like Nokia N8, Nokia 808 Pureview and Nokia Lumia 1020.

Two old phones which I would love to see them

  1. Nokia Communicator
  2. Nokia 6600
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Success Stories – Xiaomi In India (Part 1)

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Xiaomi has replaced Samsung as the top smartphone company in India as of Jan 2018 with the market share of 27%. The top five smartphone companies in India are (not in order) Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, and Lenovo+Motorola. I will be focusing on all the points which made Xiaomi No. 1 and I will also be sharing my personal experience.

HISTORY:

Xiaomi, founded on 6th April 2010 by Lei Jun, in China and today it’s a multi-billion dollars industry. Xiaomi released its first smartphone (Mi 1) in August 2011 in China and in 2014 it became the largest smartphone company. As of 2017, it is world’s 5th largest smartphone company.

I know about Xiaomi, even before it came to India. As I love Custom ROMs a lot, and on XDA-Developers I saw MIUI rom. That time they were just the Custom ROM developers for me. And later they started manufacturing smartphones. Later they ruled their home country and became “The Apple of China”

Before Xiaomi entering India, the country was ruled by brands like Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC, BlackBerry, LG, Lava, Xolo, Micromax, and Karbonn; just to name a few. Then it was like a BIG-BANG, Xiaomi entered Indian Market. It launched Mi 3 via Flipkart in July 2014 and due to high traffic on the website, Flipkart site crashed. Within 6 months they sold 1 million units in India. By May 2015 Xiaomi grabbed 3% market share in Indian smartphone market. At this stage, they are far from being No.1

Market Share 2015 May

Oppo was already in Indian Market, but not well known and vivo has just made its debut.

STRATEGIES:

Unlike other companies, Xiaomi didn’t go on spending millions after millions on MARKETING. Instead, they relied on social media and word of mouth. They know where people were and are, and they targeted the right place. So, this step saved a lot of money which adds to the cost, hence the phones prices were total value.

E-Commerce was doing excellent, and people use to browse lot and lot of products online, they partnered with Flipkart as their retail partner. And a new era of Flash Sale started. Other companies manufacture large quantity, and sale them; if failed to sell them all, then there was a price drop or discount. Selling online that too with Flash Sale, made people waiting and crazy to grab Mi phone. This step also saved a lot of other expenses with goes into channel sales.

Both these strategies worked like charm and Xiaomi got what it wanted, and customers got value for money phones.

I don’t know how many parts I will be making. Stay tuned part 2 coming very soon.
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