The Finnish telecoms maker posted a blog entry this week aiming to address that question. The answer: "It's complicated".
"For 14 years Nokia was the biggest cell phone maker in the world, and the brand became a household name," Robert Morlino, the spokesperson behind the post wrote, explaining that he understands why people ask about Nokia's return to phones.
Morlino said that Nokia would return to phones, but not in the same form as when it was the market leader.
"The right path back to mobile phones for Nokia is through a brand-licensing model. That means identifying a partner that can be responsible for all of the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for a product," he wrote.