Nokia CEO Stephen Elop made his feelings about Apple’s popular smartphone clear on a Finnish TV show this week when he threw the presenter’s iPhone across the studio. Elop promised to provide him with a new Nokia handset, but he refused to answer questions about the rumored Lumia 928.
“Oh, how embarrassing,” Elop said when the presenter pulled out his iPhone, a rival to Nokia’s Windows Phone devices. He then proclaimed “I’ll take care of that,” before grabbing the device and throwing it across the studio floor. We didn’t see what kind of condition the iPhone ended up in, but it didn’t sound good — as you’ll hear in the video below.
To be fair to Elop, the presenter did say that he didn’t want his iPhone, and that he wanted a Nokia device instead. Crazy, I know.
Strangely, throwing cellphones is a sport in Finland, and they stage an annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship with categories in freestyle, original, and junior throwing. Perhaps that’s why the presenter in the clip above seemed completely unfazed by the sight of his iPhone flying across the studio.