4/2/2009 6:55:00 PM
Data Select cleared as Nokia concludes review
Allegations that Data Select was involved in unauthorised exporting of Nokia handsets have been ruled out by senior parties.
One senior source close to the matter said: ‘The investigation has concluded and it is business as usual.’
It has emerged that the distributor was not involved in any actual unauthorised exports of Nokia 5800s as had been previously reported.
It comes as a Data Select employee was suspended immediately after Nokia was alerted to an email with a proposed sale of 5800s that had been sent to an unauthorised overseas buyer but hadn't been executed.
Nokia sources have indicated that it takes a dim view of all exporting of its handsets, especially to countries with established Nokia sales teams.
Demand from overseas for UK stock was high as the British pound fell in value against the euro and dollar from October 2008 to the start of 2009.
Speaking in February, Nokia’s UK general manager, Mark Loughran, warned: ‘Any proven breach of [our previously stated] standards would be contrary to our partnership [with distributors] and we would look to act accordingly.’