Nokia plans to give each US carrier a little somethin' somethin'... unique
While he stopped short of saying "we will make them an offer they can't refuse", we do have the Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile launching Wednesday for $50 after rebate, and the upcoming Lumia 900 for AT&T, which will be "aggressively priced", both pretty different handsets.
We kid about the Don Korleone phrasing, but Mr Weber mentioned that Verizon is a very important partner, so we won't be surprised if a third, entirely different handset lands on Big Red at some point in the first half. And let's not forget about Sprint, which might surely follow once Nokia Windows Phones go the CDMA way.
Winning the carriers' hearts is a surefire way to enter the minds of American consumers, that's just how mobile business is done here, so it is intelligent and humble on Nokia's part to try and create a unique value proposition for each major carrier. Whether the effort will be successful remains to be seen, but the Lumia 900 and 710 are a good starting point in this strategy so far.
1. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
YES! Was so worried that us Verizon users were going to get shafted again.
2. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
And Sprint. While not as important for sales, it is important to be regarded as a player to be on all the carriers. I am pumped to see Nokia as an agressive WP partner.
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
not to mention Nokia hasnt had a phone on Sprint for SEVERAL YEARS. Would be a big win for Sprint.
12. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
I have absolutely no idea where Phone Arena deduced that Verizon was mentioned in this interview with Chris Weber! The interview is on Nokia's page, as well as their YouTube channel, and NOT once did Chris Weber mention Verizon or Sprint.
Even if you go directly to Fierce Wireless.com, there is no mention by Chris Weber of Verizon or Sprint.
Just bad, misleading reporting, Phone Arena.
14. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Ahh, I had my hopes up. Thanks for informing us ReturningToNokia; I'll try to watch the video when I get some time.
3. apocalypsebc (Posts: 147; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
YES!!! Sprint will finally get another Windows Phone besides the one they have and the same for Verizon!!!
6. -box- (Posts: 3709; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Bring T-Mobile a Lumia 1000 to show your loyal Nokia fans some lovin'... only nationwide carrier who has offered a Nokia non-stop since they started
7. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I think this is a great idea. Samsung did release the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II on all carriers, with each one having a different design and name. Nokia could easily do the same with their new Windows Phones. :)
8. knights4life03 (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
this is so amazing for nokia i give them a round of applause for wat they are about to do for all carriers including mine : sprint :)(:
9. rsiders (Posts: 232; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Yeah this sounds great especially if carriers will get more than just the low-end "are you kidding me" phones. As a T-Mobile customer this means I'm expecting a lot more than the Lumia 710 that Nokia just kind of dropped on us. Ugh.
15. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Nokia needs to make it happen with Verizon!