It's no secret that Nokia isn't exactly dominating the cell phone market like they used to. Their Symbian OS pales in comparison to Android and Apple OS. And when it comes to feature phones, they barely register as a blip on the radar on the four major carriers.They do have a deal with Microsoft to start producing Windows Phone 7 devices, but those aren't expected to come out until closer to the Holidays. In the interim, you can buy this gold plated phone. Yes, that is actually 18-carat gold with a genuine leather back. And it will only cost you a little north of $1,100. I'm not exactly sure if that is the way to bounce back in the US market. To be fair, this phone is being marketed mainly in Europe. More specifically, to Russia, where being a pretentious douche with a gold plated cell phone is apparently how you get taken seriously according to Nokia's GM of operations in Russia. "In some areas, possession of such premium products is the passport to being taken seriously." Far be it from me to tell a multi-billion dollar company how to run their business, but perhaps focusing on putting out phones that will be universally adopted by the masses my help to quell the nearly 2,000 jobs cut in the past 6 months, and may put a band aid on the millions of dollars the Finnish company is hemorrhaging each quarter. But what do I know? I'm just a blogger who is about $1,000 short of being able to afford an $1,100 cell phone.

Posted by David Yi, Social Media and SEO Assistant at Wireless Emporium