You might recall that Verizon and Motorola spent quite a lot of money getting the OG Motorola DROID off the ground. Television ads promoting the handset flooded the airwaves and who could forget the "iDon't, DROID does" spots (see video below). The reason why we bring this up almost three years later is that a report from Ad Age has surfaced saying that AT&T plans on spending as much as $150 million to promote the Nokia Lumia 900. The latter was officially launched on Easter Sunday at a price of $99.99 with a signed 2-year contract.
another device that brings to mind AT&T when you see it, much like the Apple iPhone did until Verizon was allowed to sell the Apple iPhone 4.
Looking at it another way, just before AT&T lost its exclusivity on the Apple iPhone, in January 2011 the carrier had 24.7 million smartphone users older than 13 years old on its network versus just 17.8 million for Verizon. This past February, after a year offering the iPhone, Big Red's smartphone subscribers above the age of 13 had risen 81% to 32.2 million. AT&T's figures rose a smaller 37% to 33.8 million smartphone users as Verizon is closing the gap quickly.
AdAge’s Kunal Surur thinks that AT&T is the perfect location for the Nokia Lumia 900. He says that Verizon customers are mostly Android buyers (57%) thanks to Big Red's aggressive Android promotions, and that AT&T customers are not quite taken with the green robot (just 19%). This leaves an opening for Windows Phone to catch the attention of the mobile operator's customers. Can AT&T kickstart Windows Phone like Verizon did with Android? By the time fireworks are launched to celebrate another birthday for the U.S., we should have a good idea whether or not the current two-horse OS race has added another entrant.
source: AdAge via TechCrunch