Nokia lands Lumia enterprise win as Foxtons rolls out the 820

Nokia lands Lumia enterprise win as Foxtons rolls out the 820

Summary: At least one organisation has decided to go for Windows Phone, ditching its old Symbian devices for new Lumias - and citing Office integration as the reason for the move.

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Foxtons is ditching its Symbian phones for Nokia Windows Phone handsets. Image: Easycompare.com

Nokia has announced a minor enterprise win with UK real estate agency Foxtons replacing an existing fleet of Symbian-based Nokia E Series devices with the Lumia 820.

Foxtons has deployed around 900 of Nokia's flagship 820 devices to employees so far, according to Nokia.

One of the main reasons it chose to upgrade was the tighter integration the Windows Phone devices offered with Foxtons' existing Microsoft email client Outlook. 

The other advantage Nokia mentions are the Office applications bundled with the device — a key differentiator for it as an enterprise device compared to the iPhone, which Office does not support yet.

Nokia is also touting benefits of the Windows Phone platform for developers familiar with building for Windows, pointing to a personnel management app Foxtons is building.

"In a fast-moving business with many staff movements across departments and locations, keeping an accurate, up-to-date contact list is a challenge for us," said Foxtons' director of IT, Dan Rafferty, in a statement.

"We've developed an app integrating our personnel system with our active directory and phone system so all the information is accurate and can be accessed directly from our agents' Nokia Lumia 820s. It's a great timesaver and asset for the team. The Nokia Lumia 820 aligns with our entire device strategy and allows us to fully integrate our current Microsoft systems throughout the company."

Nokia announced better-than-expected Lumia sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 and even stronger sales of its low-end Asha line, but as analyst firm Gartner noted recently, these have not been large enough to offset lost market share from the decline in sales of its abandoned Symbian platform.

It's thought that during 2012, Nokia sold around 21.5 million Symbian devices compared to around 13.5 million Windows Phone handsets.

Topics: Nokia, Mobility, United Kingdom, Windows Phone

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  • Great choice

    Great phone and WP has great potential in the enterprise
    Xenon8
  • the gist of the story

    is that Nokia is being successful at converting some of its current customer base to its new Win Phone offerings, but that its overall sales are trending downward. Unfortunately, Nokia is no longer the masters of their own destiny. They have tied their future to MS, and to be successful WP needs to win over Android and iPhone users.
    krossbow
    • the gist of the story is, krossbow

      is that they DIDN'T switch to iPhone or Android. Microsoft has an OS that rivals (surpasses?) that of their competitors, and is worth considering TODAY, something not possible not too long ago.
      William Farrel
      • Did you expect a "Microsoft Ony" shop

        To used either of the three better OSes? Android, BBOS, or iOS? Even though all three are superior, this "Microsoft Only" shop chose the number 6 OS.
        Troll Hunter J
      • Bill Gates not satisfied with Microsoft innovation

        Gates admitted the company didn't "get out in the lead very early" on cell phones. He said, "We didn't miss cell phones, but the way that we went about it didn't allow us to get the leadership. So it's clearly a mistake."

        http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505266_162-57569859/bill-gates-not-satisfied-with-microsoft-innovation/
        daikon
        • What ar you hinting at?

          So Bill Gates admitted that Windows Mobile was a mistake. Nothing new there. We can alla agree that Windows Mobile was a dead end.

          So how has this anything to do with Windows Phone?
          brhorv
    • Lumia

      sales are trending up while Symbian is going down.
      Xenon8
      • so you're saying sales of an EOLed OS

        Are trending down? Wow, novel concept. Sales of Windows 7 are also trending down, even though Windows 8 is garbage compared to Windows 7. Why? because Microsoft has spoken, and you are now forced to buy Windows 8, even if you never use it.
        Troll Hunter J
        • so you're saying

          That someone has FORCED you to buy Windows 8? If you're that much of a wimp that anyone or any corporation can FORCE you to buy something you don't want, then- I'm not sure what to say... Other than you should probably drop the "Hunter J" from your user name and just admit what you really are.
          xplorer1959
    • A little background

      Foxtons are notorious for being capitalist red in tooth and claw - they would sell their own mother a damp shack if it made money.
      If they took WP8 over others there was a damn good business reason to do so. Their job is to sell property in the most competitive market in Europe, London, if it didn't work for them they wouldn't take it.
      sonnet37
  • Good start.

    Toy devices have no place in business and enterprise.
    Owlll1net
    • Bill Gates not satisfied with Microsoft innovation

      Gates admitted the company didn't "get out in the lead very early" on cell phones. He said, "We didn't miss cell phones, but the way that we went about it didn't allow us to get the leadership. So it's clearly a mistake."

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505266_162-57569859/bill-gates-not-satisfied-with-microsoft-innovation/
      daikon
      • .

        Copy/paste fetish, huh?
        statuskwo5
    • Talking heads ....

      have no place in this forum.
      D.T.Long
  • Rule of thumb

    Never give anyone with a Windows Phone the network password. It will be shipped to Microsoft, with the SSID, Giving Microsoft access to your network. Better yet never use any Microsoft products on a WiFi network.
    Troll Hunter J
    • Rule of dumb

      .
      vpupkin
    • hahaha

      Ha I got to say this is funny. Clearly shows you have no clue what your talking about. Whats the world coming to a troll calling himself Troll Hunter.
      Gaz312
  • Nokia lands Lumia enterprise win as Foxtons rolls out the 820

    Other businesses can view this as a use case for determining when to switch to Microsoft Windows Phone. The choice was obvious when they use other Microsoft products and that is the real beauty of Microsoft, their products all integrate and cooperate with one another. We'll be hearing more stories like this.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • If I were told I "had" to but a crap phone, as a condtion...

      ...of my employment, I'd tell them to go pound sand. The basis for a lawsuit is right there, it's called discrimination.
      Troll Hunter J
      • A phone is now discrimination?

        Don't go to law school, your career as a lawyer won't last.
        Loverock-Davidson