Nokia Working on New Windows 8 Smartphones with Verizon
December 18, 2012 6:25 PM
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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.
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.
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RE: Lumia 822 beats IPhone in my office!
12/19/2012 10:51:17 AM
I got a Lumia 822 as a work phone from my IT. As most businesses do, we use MS Exchange, so the email/calendar integration with the phone is seamless. Unlocked SIM access, along with full GSM band support and free GPS world maps, is perfect form my overseas trips.
The only thing that scares me about this platform, is the fact that there is a feature to hand over FULL control of my apps and storage management to my IT. If they want to, they can disable my SD card, uninstall any of my apps, wipe my phone clean, etc. While i understand that this is a corporate property, it still makes me uneasy to be "supervised" on this level :)
I love the phone anyway!
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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