AT&T Gets Nokia Lumia 920 as U.S. Exclusive, Plus Lumia 820
October 4, 2012 1:37 PM
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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. (
), America's second largest carrier, has re-upped
its commitment to Nokia
that for the fall it would be the only carrier in the U.S. to receive the company's top-of-the-line
Windows Phone 8
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".
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
now that its period of exclusivity for the Apple, Inc. (
) 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.
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RE: Why exclusive? Why?
10/4/2012 10:16:35 PM
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?
10/5/2012 8:32:45 AM
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.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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