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Nokia CEO says its "planning a lot of exciting things with Verizon"

Nokia received a lot of criticism for making its flagship Windows 8 Phone -- the Nokia Lumia 920 -- exclusive to AT&T only. But it looks like Verizon may finally get a Nokia flagship phone of its own in the near future.

CNET recently sat down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to talk about the changes going on in Nokia and where its future is headed. He mentioned that a lot of devices in the past were solid, but weren't brought to market effectively. The Lumia 920, however, shows that Nokia has impressive engineering, good ideas and a strong market strategy.

But one major gripe about the Lumia 920 is that it (and some others) are only available through AT&T.

"One of the things we had learned with the first launch was being very narrow would yield better results for us," said Elop. "We take a product and go exclusive with a particular carrier. In a market where subsidy and marketing dollars are heavy, we encourage them to promote it as a hero product, and use the subsidy to drive down the pricing to a competitive point. It also gives you access to in-store resources.”


Elop said himself that he's pleased with how the device is selling, but the company is "frustrated" due to limited supply and broadening distribution is a top priority. The answer? It looks like Nokia will be working closely with Verizon again.

"In this particular moment, the opportunity with the Lumia 920 presented well with AT&T," said Elop. "And we're pleased to have just restarted our relationship with Verizon. We are planning a lot of exciting things with Verizon as well."

The Nokia Lumia 920 was released last month. It features the Windows 8 operating system, a 4.5-inch display, 768x1280 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 32GB of storage, 2000 mAh battery, integrated NFC, and built-in wireless charging. The device is priced at $450 off contract, or $99 with AT&T's two-year contract strapped to it.

Source: CNET



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RE: Lumia 822 beats IPhone in my office!
By Alexvrb on 12/19/2012 12:44:21 AM , Rating: 2
The whole thing kind of ticks me off, though. I had pretty much given up on getting a 920 equivalent on Verizon any time soon, and decided on the Ativ Odyssey instead. Then they delayed that... so while I'm waiting for that to get released, I hear about this. If they gave out a release date I'd consider holding out. But since its not clear whether they're talking one month or twelve, I'm probably still going to get an Odyssey. Assuming Verizon and Samsung get their rears in gear. :/


By nedsand on 12/19/2012 9:25:35 AM , Rating: 2
Luckily I'm on ATT and my 920 arrived last night. It's Purrdy. I was kind of hesitant to order a phone from a company that tried to commit suicide but I'm happy with it. One thing you might consider when thinking about the Nokia vs Samsung is the last few Samsungs I have had have been nice and light weight. This gives them a "plastiky" feeling but they have survived well (minus some water). The Nokia feels like a solid brick. I can't tell you how well it will hold up but the build quality is very nice.


RE: Lumia 822 beats IPhone in my office!
By Labotomizer on 12/19/2012 10:08:43 AM , Rating: 2
I feel your pain. Although I went with the 8X the day it came out on Verizon. A friend of mine got the 920 on ATT. As I've used his phone and mine, I think I'm glad I went with the 8X. I really, really, really like the design. I do wish I had Nokia's apps, but that's the only thing I'm missing. From a design and screen standpoint, I think the 8X wins out.


By Alexvrb on 12/20/2012 12:40:45 AM , Rating: 2
The 920 has a slightly brighter, and faster display (slightly wider too with 48 more pixels to match) with better anti-glare properties (great outdoors) and super sensitive touch. It also has a slightly better rear camera, 8.7 MP with Zeiss lens - though supposedly the 8X has a good camera too, and both advertise good low-light capabilities. The Nokia apps are a big loss. They both use a unibody design, IIRC.

On battery capacity, the 920 has a 200 mAh advantage, though the display differences probably negate any real advantage. The 920 has twice the storage (32GB vs 16GB), and I don't think either one supports SD so this is kind of important to me. 32GB is enough for me without a memory card, 16GB... I don't think so.

For the HTC 8X the only serious advantages I see are the Beats amp for the headphone jack, and lighter weight. The Lumia 920 is rather heavy for its size. I think they both support Qi wireless charging. I will say that the 8X is the first phone from HTC that has impressed me for quite a while.

So yeah if I don't hear anything soon about a "922", I'll probably end up with the Ativ, even though it will certainly have some compromises compared to either the HTC 8X or the 920-type Lumia.


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