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Nokia makes good on its "aggressive" pricing promise

If you're soon to be in the market for a new smartphone, and price is a major concern, AT&T is set to offer a new Nokia smartphone at a bargain price. CNET reports that AT&T will sell its Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone for $99.99 with a new two-year contract. AT&T offers other smartphones for less money, but this is notable as being the first time any smartphone maker's flagship device has sold at such a low price.
 
The argument could be made that with the sagging popularity of both Nokia and the Windows Phone Operating system the device uses, a cheap price is the only way it could sell. The Lumia 900 is hugely important for Nokia in North America and is the first smartphone it specifically designed for this market. Nokia and Microsoft are both putting a lot into their partnership for smartphones within the U.S. and other countries both companies need this device to be successful.
 
For under $100, the Lumia 900 will bring a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, eight-megapixel Carl Zeiss rear camera, and an 1830 mAh battery. AT&T will offer the phone in matte black or cyan blue on April 8 with a white version coming on April 22. Pre-orders will open on March 30 both in stores and online. The smartphone supports LTE networks as well.
 
AT&T is continuing the rollout LTE networks around the United States and will likely push this smartphone heavily.

Back in January during CES Nokia, AT&T, and Microsoft teased the aggressive price and launch in the "coming months." Now that we know is coming next month for under $100 it seems Nokia and the others are making good on their promise. It remains to be seen if consumers will be interested in the new smartphone even with the price under $100. Windows Phone has a hard time grabbing interest of consumers and developers so far.

Source: CNET



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OS version
By Gungel on 3/26/2012 1:31:27 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone know what version of WP7.5 is on this phone? All other WP7.5 phones on AT&T still come with 7720, but the latest is 8107.




RE: OS version
By InvertMe on 3/26/2012 2:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
I know it's not all the way to Tango if that helps you at all.


RE: OS version
By arnold123 on 3/26/2012 3:29:53 PM , Rating: 2
No man.. ATT not updating to 8107 build , but they said they are gonna release Tango (87xx build) when its out. Hope that helps.


RE: OS version
By Myrandex on 3/27/2012 9:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
Screenshots have already shown that it is launching with 8107, but not Tango. Not that it couldn't be updated later though.


Honestly...
By Kyuu on 3/26/2012 11:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
I like the phone, I like Windows Phone. And I know that WP7 runs great even with a single-core SoC and yadda yadda. But specs like that wouldn't fly for a flagship device for Apple or Android. It's really just priced appropriately for the hardware.




RE: Honestly...
By dubldwn on 3/26/2012 12:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah AT&T has iPhone 4 and Atrix 2 at $99 so asking more would be tough. I would get this if I was in the market.


RE: Honestly...
By InvertMe on 3/26/2012 1:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. However I don't think the iphone or android offerings match this in pure beauty. That said the big hardware comes out in the fall with Apollo. Apollo phones are already starting to popup on some sites and they appear to be juggernauts.


Missing *one* feature
By MadMan007 on 3/26/2012 11:46:27 PM , Rating: 2
If this had an SDHC slot it might have very well been my first smartphone. My biggest use for portable devices is as a music player, but no SDHC slot, no sale.




RE: Missing *one* feature
By TGressus on 3/27/2012 5:14:18 AM , Rating: 2
The nice thing about the micro-b usb port on this (and most other) smart phones is that it can charge the battery via usb connection to a computer. You may not be used to this if you are coming from a device which requires a wall socket to charge.

I get your point, and I respect your opinion. But the reality for most people is that the device is plugged into the computer quite often, and modern computers will immediately recognize the phone's internal memory as a type of user accessible storage.


RE: Missing *one* feature
By Myrandex on 3/27/2012 9:50:59 AM , Rating: 2
I have a Windows Phone with 16GB of storage and haven't filled it up yet (have had it for abou 1.5 years). Now I don't have a 40 year old music collection like some people mention, but I have a large amount of music loaded (mostly that I ripped myself from CDs at a pretty high quality bitrate) plus a large number of apps, and haven't found the space to be an issue. Sure I would appreciate the ability to expand the storage, but I do think it is nice that the operating system really makes it to where I don't need to manage storage cards like I had to in the past, and the performance is mind blowing, even 1.5 years later on a 1st gen device.


Where's T-Mobile's?
By mavricxx on 3/26/2012 2:41:30 PM , Rating: 3
I'd really like to see the Lumia 900 come to T-Mobile with UMA. I think this is such a sexy phone and all I've heard of Windows 7 phones is great things aside fom not enough apps but other than that GREAT phones! It's got me curious and I want one now. Come one Nokia bring it with UMA and I'll leave my BlackBerry!




RE: Where's T-Mobile's?
By Myrandex on 3/27/2012 10:12:43 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly the app selection is great for my tastes as well. The only thing I'm dissappointed in is the lack of Mobile Banking apps compared to the iPhone (but some do exist, just not where I bank at).

Jason


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