Nokia Barges into Mobile Services
Long before Apple (AAPL) introduced iTunes or dreamed up the iPhone, Nokia (NOK) created a Web portal to let owners of its phones download snippets of music known as ringtones. It was the year 2000, and Nokia could see that selling content and services along with its hardware would be a smart extension of its business. But the gambit, called Club Nokia, irritated mobile operators, who wanted to run such services themselves—and who were also Nokia's biggest clients.
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