6/23/2014 3:00:00 PM
Nokia seals Lumia deal with Cambs police
NOKIA has clinched a major deal with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to replace the force’s BlackBerry smartphones with 8,000 mobile devices running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.
The manufacturer is also preparing to crank up its drive into the SME market after a successful targeted SME marketing campaign this year saw over 100 businesses switch to Nokia handsets.
The deal with Cambridgeshire Constabulary sees its police forces provided with Nokia Lumia 635 handsets, the Lumia 930 and the Nokia 1520 ‘phablet’.
Nokia b2b head Adrian Williams (pictured) told Mobile that the latest upgrade to the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, which offers heightened security features, swung Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s decision to replace the force’s BlackBerry handsets with Nokia devices.
He added: ‘We are having a lot of success in the public sector, helped by the latest upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1. Features like VPN, which provides users with a secure link into their infrastructure, and SMime, which ensures secure messaging, are really attractive to a lot of public sector authorities.’
Nokia is also preparing to intensify its drive into the SME sector following the success of its Lumia Biz Trial, launched earlier this year, which targeted hundreds of SMEs identi? ed as being close to the end of their mobile phone contracts.
Williams said over 100 companies had decided to switch to Lumia phones on the back of the trial. Now Nokia is preparing for a second push which will target over 500 companies. Williams said: ‘We will now scale it up, with new devices, and look at how we can enable that via all the channels.’