Microsoft entered into a partnership back in February of 2011 with Nokia to sell smartphones running Windows Phone 7 and later 8. For Microsoft, it was a routine deal with an OEM, for Nokia, they were betting the entire company’s fortunes on the Windows Phone OS.
However, in the US, Nokia seems to be continuing the practice of monogamy where it is absolutely not needed – with telephone carriers.
Right now, the only US carrier with the top Nokia Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 920 – is AT&T. Verizon and Sprint are excluded.
This hurts both Nokia and Microsoft because it is clear that the biggest and best network in the USA is Verizon. Nokia must get the Lumia 920 into Verizon and Sprint in order to make waves in the market. With the competition, Nokia needs all the channels it can get.
Verizon does have its own Nokia exclusive – the Lumia 822, it’s first new Nokia phone in years – but its capabilities are well below those of the 920. Verizon sells it for $50 on contract.
However, customers at the other carriers – Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and others – are hoping that Nokia’s action in the U.K will be repeated here.
In the U.K., mobile carrier EE (formerly Everything Everywhere), the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile in the U.K. had the exclusive to the Nokia Lumia 920 since its fall debut. However, Nokia’s Facebook page states that O2, Three and Vodafone will receive the Lumia 920 in January.
This news has Verizon and Sprint customers wondering if they will be able to get their hands on the top phone – the Nokia 920, in the new year.
The Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch display; captures 1080p HD video; a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor; 1GB RAM; and a battery good for 13 days on standby. AT&T is selling it for $39.99 on contract over the Christmas season.
Love the phone, but Nokia needs Verizon. Do you think they made the right decision to stay with AT&T this long? Let me know in the discussion below.