Stephen Elop, chief executive officer for Finnish tech company Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V), recently took out his frustrations on a hapless iPhone. During a recent Finnish TV interview, the interviewer relentlessly asked Elop about the Nokia 928, a new phone which is set to debut through Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) in April.
Elop kept claiming that he didn’t know anything about the phone yet because it had yet to be announced. Elop also tries to talk more about the Lumia 620, which debuted earlier this year. The interviewer then brings out his iPhone, which made Elop exclaim, “Oh, how embarrassing.”
The interviewer then claims he does not want his iPhone. Elop then says he can take care of that, then takes the interviewer’s phone and throws it across the floor. The interviewer did not appear to care that his iPhone was thrown on the floor. The interviewer then tells Elop that he wants the Lumia 928. He then points toward the iPhone on the floor and asks the CEO if he will change it to a Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V), Elop says yes but he won’t say which one.
The premise of the video seems a little staged. It is likely that the iPhone wasn’t really the interviewer’s phone, just merely a prop for Elop’s “wrath”. The most interesting thing about this interview is just how happy Elop appears to be. One would assume he is highly stressed out by the fact his company is failing to make an impact in the smartphone market. What is also interesting is that Elop did not divulge any details about his upcoming phone. Of course, it is pretty evident that he didn’t want to share too much information about the phone or offer details before the official unveiling, but he could have said his thoughts on whether or not he thought this upcoming phone had any potential. Only time will tell if this Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) smartphone will be successful or another flop.