Delusions of grandeur from Rick Simonson, Nokia’s new mobile phones chief on rumors of Nokia’s impending purchase of Palm:
We have been hearing that for a long time now — maybe it is like one of those things that you keep predicting and hope that by 2010, or in the next 10 years, it will actually come true. It’s like you keep saying, ‘it will rain, it will rain’ and one day it finally rains, and then you say you predicted it!
So, are you buying Palm, or not? Are you predicting rain, or not?
By 2011, our efforts will start producing results, as we will be at par with Apple and RIM in smartphones. Not only we draw level with them, we will also win the war because, in addition to email, we will be adding content, chat, music, entertainment and several other features, which will soon become very critical for success of any company in this space.
Would someone at Nokia tell their new emperor that he has no clothes. If you won’t, I will. Uh, Rick, Apple has all that stuff already on the iPhone. By 2011 will you be catching up to where Apple was in 2008, or where Apple will be in 2011?
We’ll see how that works out.