AT&T could end up spending $150 million to promote Nokia Lumia 900

AT&T could end up spending $150 million to promote Nokia Lumia 900
There seems to be something in the air about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 in the States that sets it apart from the release of all other handsets powered by Microsoft's mobile OS. We feel those sweet pangs of deja vu taking us back to the launch of the Motorola DROID back in November 2009 when the combination of Motorola's unique hardware (at the time) and Android 2.0 changed the face of smartphones forever.

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.

The carrier can certainly afford it. According to Kantor Media, AT&T spent $451.83 million for wireless ads alone in Q1 of 2011. To put that in comparison, during the same time period, when it was just starting to offer the CDMA version of the Apple iPhone 4, Verizon spent $227 million on wireless advertising, only $34.5 million of which was related to Apple's handset. AT&T no longer has exclusivity on the iPhone which means it must start looking for 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

Related phones

Lumia 900
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1830 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Rather than spend $150 million to promote the phone, why not just give away 1.5 million of these phones for FREE thus saving the customer $99 per phone! That is some great marketing. Image a free Nokia Lumia 900 with a 2-year contract.

2. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I like at the end how it says Verizon is Americas largest 3G carrier, and now it is 4G. lol

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

But it doesn't have the largest 4G network. What point were you trying to make?

4. gsmfast

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

unlock your at&t iphone or nokia lumia 900 at

5. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I really do hope that ATT really does kickstart a windows revolution cause it would be good for the industry to have more than just 2main operating systems.

9. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

Don't get your hopes up. Walk into an AT&T store and play dumb about smartphones and watch what they try to sell you .I guarantee it wont be a Lumia. Unless you specifically ask and lead yourself over to it. .

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well the reps are supposed to, and they're being offered extra incentives and commission on the Lumia 900, so there's little reason they wouldn't. Besides, WP7 is a good OS, not just for first-time smartphone users, but for any user who either wants a change or wants something that works well and has a lot of manufacturer and software support

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I can see this actually working. By early 2013 i bet W8 phones will be seriously catching up to android with maybe 15% U.S. market share and growing. Who else wants to place some bets!

7. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

my store actually sold out. but we only had 6 lumias in stock.

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

How many is that, relative to other devices? A lot, a little, average?

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