Troubled handset maker Nokia (NYSE: NOK) cannot get a break. Its alliance with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) was supposed to allow it to produce attractive new smartphones meant to help it claw back share from new leaders Samsung and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Many reviews of Nokia’s new Lumia 900 were unexpectly positive. Nokia has just announced that the Lumia model has a major flaw. Software glitches in the smartphone can cause it to disconnect from wireless network in way that disrupts data flow. Nokia smartphone unit chief Jo Harlow and Nokia U.S. chief Chris Weber said in a joint statement:
“A memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity. This issue is purely in the phone software, and is not related to either phone hardware or the network itself.”
Suddenly the launch of the product in the US is close to doomed.