Here is another sign that Nokia is winding down its operations – the Finnish cell phone manufacturer has officially pulled the plug o its US and UK online shops, following the footsteps of Internet stores in Spain, France, and Finland. Guess the only operational ones at the moment include those in Portugal, China, and a bunch of South American countries. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though – Amazon Wireless as well as a bunch of other online retailers are still open for business, so the closure of Nokia’s own Internet stores shouldn’t be too much of a loss.

The whole reason behind shutting down its Internet outlets? Nokia intends to shift its focus away from offering handsets straight to end customers, but will instead start selling more devices to wireless carriers. The tricky part is convincing wireless carriers to distribute the company’s handsets, as Nokia’s phones have certainly taken a tumble down the desirability chart, what with the iPhone and Android-powered handsets dominating sales charts everywhere these days.

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