Microsoft Looks Set to Drop Nokia Name from Smartphones

Microsoft Looks Set to Drop Nokia Name from Smartphones

A man shows the new Lumia 830, left, and 730, right, smart phones during a Microsoft Nokia  presentation event at the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A man shows the new Lumia 830, left, and 730, right, smart phones during a Microsoft Nokia presentation event at the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

 

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company’s handset business.

According to a post on Nokia France’s Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia “in the coming days.”

Microsoft declined comment.

Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal, which was struck in September 2013 and completed in April, Microsoft acquired Nokia’s handset business, though not the name of the company itself.

Finland’s Nokia (NOK1V.HE) continues as a networks, mapping and technology licensing company. It owns and manages the Nokia brand and only licenses it to Microsoft.

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