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Cyan Lumia 920 is indeed in the works, along with other colors; Lumia 820 will only be available in black

AT&T, Inc. (T), America's second largest carrier, has re-upped its commitment to Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1Vannouncing that for the fall it would be the only carrier in the U.S. to receive the company's top-of-the-line Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset.

An official launch date was not announced other than "November" -- but previous leaks point to a Nov. 2 landing.

The Lumia 920 features a glove-friendly 4.5" WXGA (768x1280) curved glass capacitive multi-touch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 32GB of storage, 2000 mAh battery, integrated NFC, and built-in wireless charging using the Qi wireless standard.  

A teaser video hinted that a Cyan Lumia 920 was incoming, and indeed the AT&T press release says the phone will be available in "red, white, black, yellow, and cyan".

Cyan Lumia

AT&T announced that the second-rung Lumia 820 would also be coming to its network. But if you're in the mood for the Lumia 820, hopefully your favorite color is black, because that is the only color that handset will be carried in, for now.

Olivier Puech, president of Nokia Americas, cheered the pickup, stating, "We welcome AT&T's decision to offer the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, which, when added to what we've witnessed in other markets, underscores the momentum behind our Lumia devices and the broader Windows ecosystem.  Our continued collaboration with AT&T is an important component for Nokia's success in the U.S. market."

Indeed, the partnership has proved mutually beneficial giving Nokia a hint of life and give AT&T a fallback now that its period of exclusivity for the Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone is over.  Sales of the Cyan Lumia 900, the Lumia 920's "Mango" OS predecessor have been brisk, with the handset typically being out of stock earlier this year.

However, the exclusivity agreement may draw ire from customers and investors alike, as it inherently limits sales of the handset in the U.S. at a time when Nokia desperately needs to prove its Windows Phones can hold their own with the iPhone and Android.

Source: PR Newswire

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RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Brandon Hill on 10/4/2012 2:12:11 PM , Rating: 5
I don't get it either. Why limit yourself to one carrier, not even the largest carrier at that.

How the hell is MS supposed to grow WP8 market share like this?

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Schadenfroh on 10/4/2012 2:39:22 PM , Rating: 5
My guess would be the following:
* AT&T offered Nokia $$$
* Limited availability / production yield and it will launch on more carriers once production is at full capacity (around the time the exclusivity expires)
* Nokia launches a 920 Maxx model in a few months that is available on other carriers (original remains AT&T exclusive)
* No need to support CDMA for initial offering
* An AT&T exec might have false hopes of a return to the days when the iPhone was hot and only on AT&T

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By B3an on 10/4/2012 3:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
Is this not an actual exclusive deal between both companies? Has it been confirmed or not? Because i think you might be right about limited availability .

If it's an exclusive deal it makes no sense at all though. It's always like this with WP phones. You either cant get them at all in your country or just one or two carriers have them. And then people say WP dont do well. It's obviously not because of the OS, thats great and gets great reviews and the best user feedback. It's simply because people CANT GET WP7/8 phones.

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Argon18 on 10/4/12, Rating: -1
RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Pirks on 10/4/2012 3:28:35 PM , Rating: 3
Other little whiny dicks like you were bitching same shit about Xbox a few years ago, so don't yet count WP8 off. I found that it indeed crossed off items from my required feature list and finally became on par with Android and iOS feature wise. The only thing it lacks is some native 3D games from iOS/Android and really nice screens like in Galaxy Note. The rest is there. Even the screen size issue is not that horrible given that ATIV S sports 4.8" screen which is very close to ideal size of 5.5" I don't see reasons why WP8 won't take off given that a) Nokia is really pushing the bar higher now with some slick stuff that iOS and/or Android don't have and b) MS is bringing out its own high end WP8 phone next year, to make the platform even more appealing.

So maybe you should plug your hole and wait for a while before you start whining and bitching again?

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By semiconshawn on 10/4/2012 5:26:16 PM , Rating: 4
sports 4.8" screen which is very close to ideal size of 5.5"

Damn not for me. I dont want that in my pocket and I sure dont want to be seen holding it up to my face talking on it. These giant phablets or whatever are not for everyone. How the hell to you exercise with a 5.5 inch phone in your pocket?

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Pirks on 10/5/2012 3:39:28 AM , Rating: 1
dont want to be seen holding it up to my face talking on it
Never heard magic word Bluetooth I guess? Figures hehe ;)
How the hell to you exercise with a 5.5 inch phone in your pocket?
Why would you exercise in tights at all? LOL so funny :)))

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By someguy123 on 10/4/2012 10:16:35 PM , Rating: 2
I really don't understand it. I've actually been waiting for this thing after verge managed to get a legitimate test of the camera. Now I can't even buy one at launch since I'm attached to verizon. Their market share is already small and now they've cut off a massive addressable market.

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Labotomizer on 10/5/2012 8:32:45 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more. I was really hoping the 920 would come to VZW. Looks like I'm going with the ATIV or the 8X.

Of course there is one small sliver of hope. The Lumia 820 is rumored to launch on VZW as the 822. If that's the case then we could see the 920 launch on VZW as the 922. I kind of doubt it but that would still technically give ATT exclusivity on the 920... We can hope anyway.

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Trisped on 10/5/2012 3:16:12 AM , Rating: 2
How the hell is MS supposed to grow WP8 market share like this?
The same way Apple did. By limiting who can buy the products it not only gets the name out, it also produces a sense of rarity and value in those who cannot get it on their preferred network.

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