Nokia UK recently announced they would be closing their Regent Street flagship shop. Within 2 days, another announcement declaring Nokia USA closing shops in Chicago and New York. This is no surprise, as most of the handset purchased in North America are made through carriers (AT&T, I’m looking at you). Could this mean stronger ties with carriers for getting devices out there? Rogers has had a nice relationship with Nokia, with recent offerings including the N95, N86 and E71. Bell has recently decided to pick up the N97 also. It’s looking as if they’re kicking up their game in North America. We can only hope so, as many manufacturers have been breathing heavy fire into the smartphone war.