Most Nokia smartphones removed from German and Swiss markets

HMD Global was forced to withdraw most of its smartphones from the German and Swiss markets, leaving only two recently announced models - Nokia G21 and G11.

Earlier, VoiceAgeEVS LLC (VAEVS) sued the company over patents related to VoLTE and the Enhanced Voice Service standard on which it is based. VAEVS filed for a sales ban in December, and so far the courts are upholding it.

On the sites of Nokia Germany and Nokia Switzerland, only the Nokia G21 and G11 remained, and no mention of phones from 2021 or older. Something is happening in France, Italy, Spain, and even Finland, the home of HMD. In these countries, you can only buy G21 (but older models are still listed on the sites, unlike Germany and Switzerland). While Nokia X20, X10, and others are available in the UK.

It is not clear how long this will last, as the lawsuit was not only filed in Germany. Below is a statement from HMD Global:

HMD is the defendant in a number of lawsuits filed by VoiceAgeEVS LLC (VAEVS) in various jurisdictions, including Germany. We are disappointed with the conclusion of the VoiceAge trial in Germany in December and filed a complaint. In the meantime, we have ensured that none of the devices offered and distributed in Germany supports EVS.

VAEVS sued other companies over its Enhanced Voice Services patents, including Apple, Lenovo, and TCL, in 2020. These companies settled the dispute out of court.

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