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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 MadMan007 on 10/4/2012 7:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you're month-to-month after your contract expired, the only other service option for smartphones from AT&T is 'GoPhone' service. To use a smartphone with it you have to add a data package, so while you daren't limited to a low-end 'GoPhone', GoPhone is the only non-contract phone service AT&T offers.

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By zzynko on 10/4/2012 8:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong! Straight Talk gives you the same phone service you get with AT&T, TMobile with their pre-paid plans.

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By MadMan007 on 10/5/2012 4:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
Straight Talk is an MVNO and isn't a plan on AT&T's website. coverage maps, you might be surprised. (Like all MVNOs, the coverage isn't the same as direct AT&T coverage - in this case the 'Android coverage' is pretty small.)

RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By Myrandex on 10/5/2012 4:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong. Smartphones are able to be used with AT&T month by month.

The real thing to wonder about is why anyone in their right mind would. When signing a contract and getting an expensive smart phone for free or cheap, part of your month by month contract price goes to paying off the phone. Once it is paid off, in theory your phone bill should drop the $5 or $10 a month it was costing to pay off your phone. In the U.S. no carrier works like this though (not just AT&T) so it makes no sense at all to go month by month without a contract on the big carriers unless you are on some super elite plan that is not offered anymore (such as if you require unlimited data - for example I have a line with a smartphone on it with $10 / month unlimited data which is awesome).

Otherwise go MVNO...$45 / Mo for unlimited everything is hard to beat even w/ corporate discounts and everything.


RE: Why exclusive? Why?
By MadMan007 on 10/6/2012 8:36:50 AM , Rating: 2
And AT&T no contract month-to-month is called 'GoPhone.' Maybe you think that makes it arguing semantics, because that's simply AT&T's marketing name for it. But proving Pirks wrong is worth it. (The exception is month-to-month off an expired contract, which I already mentioned.) derp.

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