Orange appears to have broken its resistance to allowing its customers access to Nokia’s music store, Mobile understands.
Nokia’s UK boss, Simon Ainslie, wouldn’t confirm that an agreement with Orange had been reached but did suggest sufficient progress had been made between the two companies.
‘We’ve come to an understanding,’ he said.
Asked if Nokia had to moderate its initial stance of insisting that its latest N-Series devices would be pre-loaded with Nokia music store, Ainslie said: ‘Absolutely not. We haven’t moved from our position.’
Orange, 3 and T-Mobile all appeared to reject Nokia’s music store when it launched in September last year, although no one appeared as uncomfortable by Nokia’s move into the services area as Orange.
Nokia went further at Mobile World Congress, signing deals with Orange’s parent company along with O2’s parent, Telefonica and Vodafone to put its Ovi brand on handsets, which acts as a gateway for internet, navigation, music and games.