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Nokia Lumia 900 to drop to $49.99 starting Sunday?

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Nokia Lumia 900 to drop to $49.99 starting Sunday?
With a recent report showing that combined, only 330,000 Nokia Lumia units have been sold in the U.S., it seemed that time was running out for the recent series of Lumia phones in the States. As we've told you numerous times in the last few weeks, no existing Windows Phone model is getting updated when the new Windows Phone 8 OS launches. That thought led RDC Capital Analyst Mike Sue to contemplate an upcoming write down of billions of dollars of  Nokia Lumia handsets as soon as the third quarter to help the Finnish manufacturer clear the decks before Windows Phone 8 appears.

Nokia Lumia 900 in pink

Nokia Lumia 900 in pink

It seems that AT&T might also be feeling the same pressure with the Nokia Lumia line. As the exclusive U.S. retailer of the Windows Phone flagship device, AT&T needs to do something to light a fire under sales. According to an employee at AT&T, it has decided to slice the price of the Nokia Lumia 900 in half to $49.99 on contract starting Sunday.  This bit of speculation was said to be confirmed by another AT&T employee higher up on the ladder. As we mentioned to you on Thursday, the Nokia Lumia 900 has dropped back to number three on Amazon's list of  its best selling AT&T handsets, which would seemingly indicate a loss of momentum in sales for the phone. Along with the reduced pricing, AT&T stores will continue to throw in $50 of free accessories with the purchase of the phone.                 

Besides the speculation of a price cut coming to the Nokia Lumia 900 on Sunday, the day is also supposed to bring with it the launch of a new pink model of the device for AT&T. While the new pink model could help generate some higher sales of the Nokia Lumia 900 to women, if there is a huge pick up in orders we would suggest that the price cut is more responsible than anything else.

source: WPCentral

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posted on 14 Jul 2012, 04:18 8

1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Seriously, because of a wrong naming of the update for WP7.5 mango(WP7.8), lumia 900 will be hard to sell. If they have just named it WP8 refresh/lite, this could have save the flagship phone. Telling everyone that CURRENT WPs WON'T GET THE WP8 is like telling everyone not to get the current phones. Biggest mistake microsoft. I hope this promo will still boost the sales of lumia 900 given the fact that most people don't really have enough knowledge about the specifications.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 08:46 3

12. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Wouldn't be hard to sell if on tmo, which this magenta color is meant for. Yet Nokia Continues this ATT exclusive sherade. You know tmo, they usually take the left overs. They need to get their best known product to all. ATT alone ain't gonna boost any sales. Stupid!

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:51 3

19. remtothemax (Posts: 239; Member since: 02 May 2012)


nokia has always played it like this
they only really put their good phones on maybe one carrier
and then whine and complain about how difficult the american smartphone market is
i don't remember ever seeing a decent nokia on sprint or verizon, i mean, if they ignore half of america's mobile market, what are they expecting?

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:23 1

26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5955; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"...if they ignore half of america's mobile market, what are they expecting?"

Sounds like a self-inflicted wound.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:57 2

21. MeoCao (unregistered)


$50 still expensive, $130 can buy u a 1X with gorgeous screen, dual core 28nm CPU, burst mode capable camera etc...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:19 1

24. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


well thats truth because wp8 runs on different kernel so any one can find this out and latter whould have said it and there whould be much more trouble

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 04:50 5

2. benjitek (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


So desperate... :-(

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 07:27 4

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5955; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Magic 8 Ball says a BOGO for $0.01 is in the near future.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 07:50 4

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)


poor nokia..

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:02 3

18. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It is desperate but networks have been left with piles of unsold WP stock and have little other choice. I've been saying it for ages,WP are extremely unpopular and networks were either going to have to reduce prices to try clear the dead stock or stop stocking the phones entirely

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 05:19 3

3. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think its just ok selling this phone at that price since it wont get WP8 update... i feel sorry to nokia....

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 05:23 5

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


just a random thought... on the previous Q&A of Elop... when im holding a nokia lumia...i dont feel a nokia phone on my hand... i only see the name NOKIA but i dont feel the nokia energy... well... if MS will buy nokia, there is no stoping them now...but i still dont want them to but nokia... i want nokia to support symbian!! make it more futuristic! beyond competetive...stronger as android...

well i thank the jolla people for saving meego...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 05:40 3

5. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


If Nokia can't sale phones it is time to sale the whole company or switch Android because only a few will buy WP phones.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 09:56 3

15. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


you're not seeing WP in a bigger picture. It has so much potential, for consumers and developers. Some have already been shown at e3, surface unveiling, and MS's developer conference. Ok Nokia just partnered with MS less than two years and a year later produced three WP models in less than one year. Now that's without R&D to produce their own skin. Also MS paid Nokia 1$ billion in aid. Now lets change to Android. How much will Nokia have to put in for R&D and for how long just to produce their skin on Android. How about financial aid. Google? Good luck friend. There's a wild Android forest out there. Can't just walk through it easily. Take look at Sony, LG, and especially HTC. Their not doing so hot as they should be. Another thing I believe why Android sells is not because of the OS. Its the ratio of WP to Android, 1:5 or more. For every one WP in a store, there's 5 or more Androids. that's why I believe WP recognition is so low and sales are stale. There's not enough WP out there. Don't think for one bit WP doesn't sell well. There just not enough of it out there.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 07:04 1

29. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


wp7.5 didnt sale well only because wolrd knew wp8 will come next year which was believed to be totally different so thats key reson for wp7.5 for not going in market with good sales

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 09:56 1

30. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


When Android was only the Droid 1, Eris and the G1....Android picked up alot more momentum in a year than WP.

WP launched with more phones than Android did. When Android started....RIM and the old Win Mo outnumbered them.

Look at where Android started....and look at the bigger picture.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 10:52

31. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


But look now and not then. Truth is you still have 1:5 ratio. And Android has already established itself. Once the masses know and see more WP, the momentum maybe different now.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 20:13 1

34. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


But you have to look at where Android started...

An unknown against very established players. Including the iPhone. Which also came out of no where...

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 11:51

32. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


when android came it had no big challenger iphones were too expensive nokia was sleeping nothing was super hot taht time Android survived only because of that

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 20:14 1

35. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Read my last two posts...again....

Android had a big uphill battle. Rim and Win Mo were still on everyones minds. Even if the iPhone was on AT&T and expensive...ppl still bought it. The iPhone has outsold each version of the iPhone since it launched, sets sales records every year. So the iPhone was very much so a challenger to Android.

You do know Android phones were still being bought on AT&T when the iPhone was only on AT&T, right?

Some ppl buy Android phones at retail, has since the beginning. See the article where the old Win MO... STILL .....has a bigger marketshare than WP? Means ppl have still been buying the old Win Mo, even after Android came out.

Android had a big uphill battle.....

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 07:36 5

7. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


At $49.99 or $0.01, nobody is going to buy this phone. Why did MS and Nokia even put it out to begin with when they knew WP8 would be out in the fall and that this phone wouldn't be upgraded. One of the worse business decisions I have ever seen made. They might as well dump all of the Lumia phones in the ocean.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 08:00 3

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5955; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


MS hasn't exactly made the best set of decisions along the path of their entry into the smartphone market. Expecting Elop to rise above the previous fumbling experience was probably too much. He certainly hasn't demonstrated a grasp of the issues facing a company that has to re-invent itself. Having no hardware migration path from WP7 to 8 has to be the high water mark for either arrogance or stupidity. Not even Apple gives their customers that kind of middle-fingered wave.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 08:17 3

10. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I saw a Nokia Symbian Belle phone today, at a shop. I can't remember the name. It had 1 GHz and a 5 mpx cam. Cost around HTC Wilddire S. The build quality was astounding for the price. It upscales all other higher priced phones, excluding iPhone 4S and HTC One X. In terms of build quality that is. It felt so good to hold. Too bad Symbian isn't developed properly.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 09:36 1

13. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Must be the new Nokia 603
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-603_id6491

The Nokia 603 is a Symbian Belle smartphone with a 1GHz ARM 11 processor, 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 3.5-inch capacitive display, Wi-Fi, aGPS, multiples sensors Bluetooth and NFC.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 09:38 2

14. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Don't forget to check out its older brother, the Nokia 701. For just a little bit more, you can have 1.3GHz and a front facing camera to do native 3G video calls.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 10:38 2

17. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Found it. Its the Nokia 700. Here's the review by PA
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Nokia-700-Review_id2919
Damn fine build quality. It seems to have so many customization options like Android including a task bar (notification bar).

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:09

22. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Ah yes, very good phone. Incidentally I did not consider this because it is orignally 1GHz but when updated to Nokia Belle FP1, the update gives it a boost up to 1.3GHz. :)

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:54 1

23. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Too bad it doesn't have front cam.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 01:46 1

27. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


The Nokia 701 does, and for a bit little more, it has a front cam and increased mass storage size in both C:\ and D:\

Bigger screen, too, and the brightest AMOLED Clear Black Display (CBD) among ALL the smartphones currently in the market today. Test drive one now, and be sure to have your wallet with you. :-)

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 04:54 1

28. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I read PA's review. It really does seem to have the potential for being the 3rd mainstream OS. If only Belle had come before Android 2.2.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 08:43 3

11. tigermcm (Posts: 752; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


my fiance almost had me sold in switching her from Sprint to At&t for this deal. Thought about it for a few minutes almost thought she was a different peron trying to make me do this

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 10:12 5

16. jack1059 (Posts: 72; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Balmer really threw nokia under a bus. So this is a partnership with MS eh. Kind of like dating a serial kiler and hoping it'll turn out ok. The lumia flagship and the rest of the line is in the discount bin now.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:51 1

20. MeoCao (unregistered)


Haha, very scary analogy, but close.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:22 1

25. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that is exaclty why MS never told that before that is the only reson no wp7.5 phones where saled hot yet the reviewes were impresive people were holding back because of wp8 not that wp7 was bad its all on MS they are EVIL

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 21:06

33. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


OK listen up you clowns. I'm pretty sure nobody here has ever been in charge of an international Telecommunications company with $17 billion (that's $17,000,000,000) worth of operating expenses to pay.
Restructuring a company successfully requires a significant amount of money and investment; It also doesn't happen overnight. You still need a source of revenue to keep bankers happy otherwise the new strategy will fail even before it's implemented. This is where RIM will come unstuck, mark my words.
The situation is far from ideal, but I believe it was the right thing to do under the circumstances. At the end of the day, a few unhappy bloggers quickly becomes irrelavent when you've just lost 30 million customers in the space of a year or so.

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