billionaire Mark Cuban said that he replaced his Apple iPhone 5 with an unnamed Nokia Luimia model, saying that it "crushed" the Apple iPhone 5. Most likely, the outspoken Dallas Mavs owner sports the Nokia Lumia 920.
Other carriers are offering Nokia Lumia models for free, including T-Mobile which is giving away the Nokia Lumia 810 to those who sign a two-year contract. The carrier said its deal was part of a limited time offering while Verizon wouldn't comment on its Nokia Lumia 822 pricing. Nokia really doesn't have much say in the pricing decisions. A spokesman for the Finnish based carrier, Doug Dawson, noted that "pricing is always a carrier decision, but holiday season promotions are fairly standard at this time of year." As if to prove that it isn't just Nokia phones being offered for free this holiday season, Dawson pointed out that some Samsung branded phones are free in certain markets.
Nokia hasn't released sales figures for the line, and the fact that there are so many discounts revolving around the manufacturer's Lumia models so soon after launch (despite the holiday season), has some analysts worried that sales figures are not as good as Wall Street expected and that Nokia needs.