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T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T to see a healthy flow of Nokia devices in 2014 and 2015

The first components of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8.1 invasion have arrived courtesy of its Nokia Devices unit.  Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) Verizon Wireless is offering up the Lumia 929 "Icon" (a version of the Lumia 930) for $99 USD with a two-year contract.  AT&T, Inc. (T) and T-Mobile USA, Inc. (TMUS) have both announced plans to target the budget range with the Lumia 635 (LTE).
 
According to leaker Evan Nelson Blass (@evleaks), Sprint Corp. (S) will also pick up the Lumia 635 later this year, possibly with updated firmware.  
 
The lowest end model of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 "Lumia X30" lineup -- the Lumia 530 "Rock" -- is expected for a June or July release and subsequent launch on T-Mobile USA and AT&T prepaid brand Cricket Wireless (which is also expected to get the Lumia 635).

Windows Phone 8.1 Blue

According to @evleaks, Q3 will bring the next substantial update to Windows Phone, dubbed Windows Phone Blue GDR1.  According to the leaker's sources, there is a pair of Windows Phone Blue GDR1 carrier-exclusive superphones in development -- "Tesla" for AT&T and "Superman" for Verizon.  We had previously heard about "Superman" from a report by The Verge.
 
The fall/holiday Nokia flagship phone will be a wider release, dubbed "McClaren".  It will be coming to T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.
 
In Spring 2015, AT&T is expected to receive a pair of carrier exclusive smartphones -- "Makepeace" and "Dempsey".  Q3 2015 ("late summer / early fall") will bring a mass release flagship phone called "Talkman" and a flagship phablet called "Cityman".

Satya Nadella at BUILD
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, shows of a Lumia smartphone at Microsoft's annual BUILD conference in April. [Image Source: Reuters]

Mr. Blass writes:

It’s an exciting time for Nokia, to be sure — even though the name is gone, the spirit endures, and the future path is multi-pronged but well-defined.

That sounds pretty promising.

Source: @evleaks





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