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LONDON and ESPOO, FINLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 -- Foxtons, London's leading estate
agent, has
chosen the Nokia Lumia 820 as its business smartphone and has so far
deployed
around 900 to its employees.



With 35 offices throughout London and two in Surrey, Foxtons let and sell
around
1,400 properties every month. In such a fast-paced, competitive
environment, the
need for Foxtons agents to receive, update and share information quickly
while
on the road is critical to its success.



An important reason for Foxtons' switch to Nokia Lumia was its tight
integration
with the company's existing Microsoft infrastructure. Foxtons uses
Microsoft
Outlook to ensure that employees are armed with complete property
information
for each calendar appointment, so that at the touch of a button they have
all
the material they need to close a deal. And easy synchronisation means that
any
appointments made at Foxtons head office can be quickly transferred to the
agents' smartphones.





Between viewings, agents can check emails, make targeted calls and prepare
for
their next appointment, maximising their time out of the office and keeping
them
one step ahead of the competition. The built-in Microsoft Office
applications on
Windows Phone 8 mean that they can also work on Excel spreadsheets and edit
Word
documents whilst away from their office PCs.



This competitive edge is vital for Foxtons, whose in-house development team
was
already familiar with developing applications in the Microsoft Windows
environment and has now begun deploying its own apps for the Nokia Lumia
820.



As Dan Rafferty, IT Director of Foxtons, explains: "In a fast moving
business
with many staff movements across departments and locations, keeping an
accurate,
up-to-date contact list is a challenge for us. We've developed an app
integrating our personnel system with our active directory and phone system
so
all the information is accurate and can be accessed directly from our
agents'
Nokia Lumia 820s. It's a great timesaver and asset for the team. The Nokia
Lumia
820 aligns with our entire device strategy and allows us to fully integrate
our
current Microsoft systems throughout the company."



With agents covering large areas, the mobile navigation features of the
Nokia
Lumia 820 were also an important factor in the switch to Lumia. Nokia Drive
offers free turn-by-turn navigation with live traffic updates and offline
maps,
removing the need for separate satnavs or an A-Z. When showing prospective
clients around a property, agents can use Nokia City Lens to show live
information on the local area, showcasing points of interest and amenities
including leisure centres, cinemas, restaurants and shops. Foxtons agents
can
now have everything they need to know about the area in the palm of their
hand.



Adrian Williams, director of Business Sales UK at Nokia, said: "Foxtons is
a
great example of how a company can empower its workforce to work
effectively on
the move, with their smartphones integrated with its existing Microsoft
infrastructure. We are delighted that Nokia applications such as Nokia
Drive and
Nokia City Lens are making a real difference for Foxtons employees in the
competitive real estate market."



Nokia for Business



With the Nokia Lumia range, Nokia offers business users the ability to work
on
their mobile as they would on their PC. With the Windows Phone 8 platform,
Microsoft Office and Outlook are built in allowing employees to create and
edit
PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents wherever they are whilst seamlessly
syncing
their files. Combined with a design that stands out, business level
security as
standard, and a range of Qi standard wireless charging solutions, tThe
Nokia
Lumia is the most innovative smartphone for businesses on the market today.



About Nokia



Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have
become an
integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than
1.3
billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access
information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's
technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most
recognized in the world. For more information, visit
www.nokia.com/about-nokia : www.nokia.com/about-nokia .




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