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Nokia Offering MeeGo Devs A 50% Bonus To Stop Them From Going ‘Mee-Go’

By - On 2 March 2011 7 Comments

According to the Finnish site, Taloussanomat, Nokia is offering its in-house MeeGo devs a salary plus 50% bonus to continue with the company and help avoid a mass exodus after the Feb 11 announcement that Nokia was moving to Windows Phone as its primary operating system.

Nokia Offering MeeGo Devs A 50% Bonus To Stop Them From Going 'Mee-Go'

With the help of Google Translate, it appears that the bonus is structured on a quarterly basis. The first slab being end July, followed by September and brought up by the year end. If an employee resigns before a deadline, he/she stands to loose the entire bonus for the said period.

According to Taloussanomat, Nokia has about 13,000 engineers in Finland, half of whom work on MeeGo. Nokia had also been hiring a lot of talent for MeeGo development recently, but because of the February announcement that Nokia was virtually making MeeGo a research project, a lot of people have considered moving on.

Nokia still plans on delivering its first MeeGo smartphone, possibly the N950, later this year and loosing top brains certainly wouldn’t help. But perhaps, the bigger question is, what happens once the phone is ready?

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  • Jore said:

    Small misunderstanding: according to Taloussanomat, Nokia has about 13000 employees in Finland. About half of them work with Meego or Symbian development.

  • Tom said:

    Personal cynical thought: There is no “what happen once the phone is ready?”. There will be no next for Nokia, as they by the end of the year, will have become a small player with virtually no future in smartphones.

    2 More realistic scenarios:
    1. MeeGo-phone become a hit. Much more so than Win7. Nokia will not be able to follow up on that hit, since they lack momentum in MeeGo. Fail!
    2. No one with a brain buys the MeeGo-phone, since it’s practically dead on delivery, support and updates-wise. Fail!

    In either case. MeeGo is a dead end for Nokia, the way they have played their cards. Windows-phones is also, in my opinion, a big mistake and will not get
    Nokia to the top.

    Ergo: I bet Nokia is not going to stick around much longer in the smartphone-segment. To bad. I liked their hardware.

  • Lucius said:

    Tom, unfortunately, you are absolutely right with your two scenarios. However, there is a third scenario: With the release of the MeeGo phone, Nokia decides to open source the entire code for the user interface. If this would be the case, I will definitively buy the Nokia MeeGo phone. My big hope is that all Maemo/MeeGo guys do the same. I trust the MeeGo/Maemo community so much that they are able to make MeeGo still a cool platform.

  • Petra said:

    …and with the help of Google translator please also read Nokia’s comment to this rumour http://www.kauppalehti.fi/5/i/talous/uutiset/etusivu/uutinen.jsp?oid=20110363059

  • Matrix said:

    Windows OS on mobile SUCKS. GO Meego GO…People are behind you for an amazing device to come.

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    I’m astonished to know that now I can purchase Nokia Meego by 50% discount. I take this offer as early as possible. Thanks a lot :)