I have a Nokia Lumia 800. It's a really good phone. It's nice to hold, speedy, and runs Microsoft's excellent Windows Phone operating system. The problem for Nokia is that hardly anyone is buying it.
Sure, Nokia has sold about two million, but compared to the sales racked up by Samsung and Apple, this is nothing. It's comparable to a terrier nipping at the heels of a Great Dane.
The Lumia's lack of sales adds to Nokia's financial woes and uncertain future -clearly not a good sign when the device is poised as the firm's ray of hope.
Nokia is aware times are tough. In the first quarter of this year, the firm had its credit rating downgraded to a status referred to as junk by credit agencies following its posting of financial losses that amounted to a staggering $1.3bn.
Recently Nokia announced a patent attack against rivals HTC, Research in Motion and Viewsonic, no doubt in an effort to try and recoup some losses as it did when it battled with Apple last year to receive a settlement of €420.
However, the path to success for Nokia - and more importantly, Microsoft, whose Windows Phone platform will almost certainly live or die by the success of Nokia and its Lumia range - is for Nokia to get even further in bed with its Redmond pals and offer itself up for acquisition.
Microsoft would be mad to pass up the opportunity.
Firstly, Microsoft would receive all the profits from the devices that are sold, rather than just a share of profits that relate to the sales of its system.
Secondly, Microsoft would have access to Nokia's intellectual property, which must have some clout if Apple coughed up and RIM, HTC and Viewsonic are now in the firing line.
Next, it would allow Microsoft to reduce a lot of duplication between the two firms in areas such as marketing, software development and strategy, which would reduce outgoings and streamline the development of devices, again improving profits.
Lastly, and here's the clincher, Microsoft cannot afford to let Nokia fail.
Microsoft is so dependent on its European cousins to flog its operating system that if Nokia were to go anywhere near(er) the red, Microsoft would almost be forced to pick it up to stop its only true partner in the mobile space disappearing.
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