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Nokia Shutters Last Online Stores, Sells Operator Messaging Unit

Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones by volume, closed the last of its 10 online stores today as Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop pares parts of the company’s operations.

“We are simplifying our channel structures and focusing resources on our key retail and operator partners,” as well as bricks-and-mortar Nokia stores, James Etheridge, a spokesman for the Espoo, Finland-based company said by telephone. The online sales sections of Nokia websites in the U.S. and U.K. today bore messages directing customers to retailers and operators, including Amazon.com for unlocked phones in the U.S.