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AT&T talking with Nokia about offering their Windows Phones

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AT&T talking with Nokia about offering their Windows Phones
It had been believed that AT&T and Nokia had been working on a deal in which the nation’s second largest carrier would offer a high-end Windows Phone device from the Finnish manufacturer and it is now known that the two sides are still negotiating.

There is no word yet on what possible devices the two sides are negotiating but it could be the rumored Nokia Ace. If so, AT&T would be adding a Windows Phone handset to their lineup that sports a 4.3-inch ClearBlack Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.4GHz processor. They are working towards a deal that would allow AT&T to offer the device sometime in 2012 which means any Windows Phone handsets from Nokia may launch with the Apollo version of the operating system. Apollo would bring support for dual-core processors, HD screens and 4G LTE.

Glenn Lurie, the head of AT&T’s tablet division, is the man responsible for breaking news of the on-going discussions between them and Nokia. He said that AT&T is working to offer at least one Nokia Windows Phone next year. Hopefully Nokia won’t be limiting their offerings here in the states to one flagship device but surely they will engage in talks with some of the other big time wireless carriers as well in the future.

We do not know for sure how far along talks have progressed. Hopefully once they have an agreement in place we will start to catch wind of what exactly Nokia has planned for the US. Until then just keep checking back for any other news that might break.

source: Engadget

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posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:57 5

1. nghtwng68 (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)

Depending on which one, sign me up if Nokia Windows phone comes to at&t.
Love the tile interface.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:59 5

2. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


posted on 16 Nov 2011, 21:44 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Vvelez - my bad on the thumbs down. I was trying to give you a thumbs up when my useless Palm Pre froze up. Shows how bad I need an upgrade. Sorry, dude.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 22:00 2

8. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

Don't worry you just did what everyone else likes to do. lol

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 19:25 3

3. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


posted on 16 Nov 2011, 21:35 1

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Waiting until Jan to grab a new phone just to see what is coming. I am pumped for a high end Nokia.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 19:27

4. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I love windows phone mango, especially the social integration-its the best in the industry- but mango leaves me wanting more. Mostly because of the lack of apps, but mango is even more limiting than ios when you take out social integration. The Ui is amazing but that's just not enough anymore. Can't wait for an ATT galaxy nexus(I'm really hoping), or I'll be stuck until the nexus version of windows or the next iPhone.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 20:34

5. jabrecer (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)

clevername, what are those apps you are missing in WP? I bought a WP for my wife 4 four months ago, I've trying that phone and is really good. (HTC trophy-Verizon) I have an Iphone 4s and I see no real advantage over that WP. I'm comparing social, business and entertainment.. I'll appreciate your point of view.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 22:24

9. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

there is no disputing the ap difference.. i had a wp7 and it was my favorite thing ever, but i had to get an iphone anyways because of the apps… its just like fieldrunners, idygest, dvice, a good nyt app, wsj, stuff like that.. and wp is really nice and all, but it needs to become a little more funcitonal also

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 23:16

10. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

That's one of the things I see that will dissuade customers from purchasing a Windows phone. It's interesting though of course most developers would go for the sure thing knowing that Android and Apple has a set and rather large consumer base in which those developers can rake it in easier. But wasn't there a study that developers get paid more per app that was downloaded through the Windows Marketplace? It's kinda funny that developers want the sure thing of course but most consumers don't buy anything with a promise of things to come but for immediate satisfaction. So the developers have to be the risk takers to get this thing going.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 03:17

12. Penny (Posts: 1670; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I actually agree that the lack of random apps (fart apps, if you will) can allow the experience to get boring after a while.

The whole point of WP7 is that functionality is well integrated into the OS, so the OS serves my needs very well. It allows me to do social networking, it allows me to stay on top of work (e-mails, groups, calendar, tasks, office), it allows me to navigate, and it allows me to search (local, visual, audio, and internet).

With all of this functionality integrated, and with the UI allowing you to achieve these goals quickly, it is definitely possible to get bored with the experience if you WANT to spend more time on your phone. That's where apps would come in for those that want to spend more time on it, and that's where other people (such as myself) appreciate the fact that we don't have to spend as much time on it.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 17:48

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

the original ads did advertise it as a phoen to save you from your phone. The whole design philisophy is revolved around ease of use and fast use so you dont need to spend as much time on the phone for checking messages, email, etc.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 02:52

11. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Be great if they made deals with all carriers in US. People aren't or just can't run from one carrier to the next just to get their hands on a high end wp. If Nokia wants to penetrate the US, they better come out with the best and to all carriers.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 08:55

14. JesterB (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

there are reasons certain carriers will carry certain OS's. Verizon helped give droid its start, and they do not feel as windows phones are worth bringing over. T mobile and AT&T are pushing windows phones lately though.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 08:33

13. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

I hope nokia's windows phones will be here like they are in europe, and like the Sansung GSII is - availiable for everyone. Sadly, I will not be joining AT&T if they get nokia phones due to past issues with AT&T, but it's not really about that. I hate that carriers here have to have their "exclusive" and i even hate that the Samsung GSII here had to be slightly different for everyone.

1 handset, pentaband GSM radio (swapped for CDMA raio on carrier request) and then sold and distributed by carriers worldwide. That shold be the way. Not 1 device for most of the world, a few CDMA variants for most CDMA countries, then 4+ different versions in the US each with a slightly different spec, shape, screen size.

So i hope Nokia are talking to all carriers. I hope some devices come to T-Mo - i got the feeling that T-Mobile and Nokia had probably the best relationship of the the US carriers in the past, and i really hope they get more than just the Lumia 710.

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