Nokia Lumia 1020 to be AT&T exclusive, to launch in Europe in Q3
0. phoneArena 11 Jul 2013, 11:02 posted on
Now that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is official, many of you are probably wondering when exactly consumers would be able to buy one of these. Well, the wait won't be long, as long as you live in the US...
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1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Ouch I'll pass for that price tag.
2. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
"...the wait won't be long, as long as you live in the US" ...and want to settle for AT&T.
3. papss (unregistered)
I'm not digging that price
4. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1031; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
You'd think that the original iPhone is a clear indicator that you shouldnt have carrier exclusives with a phone(s). You'd also think that the price of the original price of the Note and Note 2 is ALSO a clear indicator that paying $300 for a contracted phone is not a smart business decision.
I have AT&T and even if i was a fan of Nokia, I wouldnt pay for that
7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The only problem with your statement is that I'm willing to pay $300 for a Note 3 today. It's worth it. The Note 2 was clearly a better phone than the $200 S3. I have no regrets for paying that price on launch day.
9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1031; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I guess im thinking about this from an economic persepctive. As much as I like the Note and Note 2, I cant spend that much on a phone when Im married and have children lol. If I were single, thatd be a different story lol
5. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
How embarrassing for the Windows Phone fanbois to defend this phone prior to the announcement.
Strike One: Price $300
Strike Two: Carrier exclusive
Strike Three: Late 2011/early 2012 specs
Strike Four: Same old WP
Wow! But hey; it takes great pictures! rotfl
10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
strike one: apple iphone price
strike two: strike taken. but good for att and nokia (att=they advertise). dont forget iphone did exclusivities too at first
strike three: iphone specs are? still in less than 720p display,3.5INCH TO 4inch ("revolutionary"), dualcore,AND STILL EXPENSIVE, etc.
strike four: well thats just racist.
yes im basing this with iphone only
12. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
strike one: also iphone price but 10 times better
strike three: specs are but a gimmick when you mention them
strike four: ahahaha
6. Jklaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)
Seriously.. All this hype. Finally something revolutionary to get them back on track. And they waste the phone exclusively on AT&T and expect people to make the choice when the iPhone 5 and the s4 are 100$ less and established and have a good following.. I originally was thinking about getting one of these phones just to see the camera. I'm a huge android fan but 41 megapixels is something you need to see in real life.. but I'm on Verizon. Not a good look Nokia
8. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 978; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Talk about shooting themselves in the foot, $299 pay-in??? Even here in South Africa that's RIDICULOUS! And on top of it all carrier exclusivity.
It's just so sad that if you are not Apple or Samsung you are either forced to carrier exclusivity OR having to sell the phone unsubsidised in the US, atleast that's what it seems like.
11. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Or just buying it from a reputable retailer online, unlocked, and get a Straight Talk sim and pay $45 a month for unlimited everything and tell AT&T to shove their contract and inflated service plan up their asses.
13. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
These carrier exclusives are dumb as hell. You can not convince me that att pays more to make it an exclusive then the company would make if it were widely available. I probably wouldn't buy this but dam the exclusive mess.
14. Jehovah (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
So... There is hope for Latin America getting this phone in a timely fashion. I don´t want to wait until next year.
15. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
$299 on contract is way too much... Nokia really marketed their early Lumias well... However they bring a difference maker and its suddenly impossible to purchase unless you have the money to spend and willing to stick with AT&T...
This exclusivity is really going to continue to damage the Lumia brand...
16. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I have two theories about the price (other than upmarketing and quality)
Optimism: it's so high to leave room in the lineup for phones to go in-between, or it will drop in price as new GDR2/3 phones come available, and it is only bring built in limited qualities because of those future phones. By Black Friday we'll have a 1025 or something with 2014-ready specs (though not necessary, it would shut up the whiners who mistakenly think specs are everything)
Pessimism:$299 is the new normal for top-end smartphones, that is, iphone's seventh iteration (not including the alleged cheap one) will also be $299, as will the Note3 (or even higher) or GS5. Scary, huh? Maybe that's why Samsung's stock actually took a beating?