Hamburg cops keep Lumia brand alive with purchase of 900 handsets

The Lumia brand of Windows Phone has been dead for some time. It has been nearly 18 months since a new Lumia model was introduced, and the most powerful Windows handset is made by HP, not Microsoft. But now, several law enforcement agencies have turned to Windows 10 Mobile, Lumia, and the Unified Windows Platform in order. to reduce the time spent on paperwork. Less time spent on paperwork equals more time spent on police work.

As if to put an exclamation mark on this new usage of Windows Phone, the Hamburg, Germany Police Department just bought 900 Lumia handsets for the price of 100,000 Euros. That is the equivalent of more than $107,500 USD. The UWP platform helps the cops become more efficient as reports are entered digitally while cops are mobile, and go right into the police database. And there is speculation that HP is working on a lower priced version of the Elite x3 that would be made precisely for this kind of multitasking.

Windows 10 Mobile is perfect for the police since the biggest issue that consumers have with the platform, the app gap, isn't a problem for the cops. After all, Sgt. O' Toole isn't likely to  use his police issued Windows 10 Mobile handset on the installation of messaging or social media apps that are found on iOS and Android, but not on Windows.

source: MSPoweruser



1. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

At first I thought it said Lumia 900 handsets lol. Turns out it's 900 Lumia handsets.

2. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

900 sets = $119.44 USD per phone (definitely not high-end model). 900 units won't keep Lumia alive for long but if they order for the whole Hamburg police force then the Lumia phone line would be making progress.

32. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Most likely Lumia 650's. High end model - no, but it definitely punches above it's weight at that price.

38. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Pretty much all Lumias are very good performers once you factor price to performance ratio. Shame to see MS Phones die such an unspectacular death.

3. tangbunna

Posts: 488; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

3 months later, messengers announce no longer support on wp devices .. 6 months later wp store announce shutdown.

39. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

There are still countless million of PCs and Laptops with Win10 that can access Win store. The store wasn't as exciting as Google or Apple but was decent. MS Phones are almost as good as dead but Win store will live on in Win10 and beyond.

41. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't think these policemen would be that concerned

4. DGxumbreo7

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

This makes me happy I want Windows to thrive. Not only as third mobile OS but also as Switch competitor

7. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'd rather see a better platform, e.g. sailfish os, survive than this fugly crap.

5. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Sounds good. I want more competation and Windows phone with contimun is a good one.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

i bet there are new Microsoft Windows smart phones coming because more than likely the Hamburg purchasing agents were told Microsoft is going to support these windows10 mobile smart phones and is developing new ones that will come to the market in the future. in other words Microsoft will stay in the smart phone game even if it's a low sales player

8. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Can you imagine that Skype for Business isn't supported on WP? On Android it is. So MS is adding to the app gap themselves...

9. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Is that so? Or it isn't? When you make a statement like this you should first check that information.

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

11. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

So, Microsoft rapidly continues to develop Windows Mobile. They are resetting the platform (again) and soon they will offer a much better OS then any other. I'm using Android and Windows Mobile (beta versions of the OS, Slow ring) and from what I can see, I have already much better windows handset that is more usable for business than Android it is.

14. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hmm. The Singapore police uses the Note 5.

24. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 160; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I want a new windows phone to come out

27. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I liked the UI of Windows Phone 7, could you actually reproduce it in Windows 10 Mobile (do not have a Lumia, HP, or Alcatel windows phone)?

28. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I can do this in SquareHome 2, it gives you the tile pivots (cubes, in this instance) that Microsoft didn't even keep around after Windows Phone 7.5 ...

29. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Context: Cubes are so much better than folders, but you can replicate the old two tiles per row layout seen in Windows Phone using just cubes so you can still put a lot of applications on the desktop without cluttering your SquareHome interface...

33. ram64GB

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

I really like Windows Mobile to be a better competitor to iOS. Its UI are smooth and I like the way MS is closing it's system for better security. Yet they did nothing in 2015 when the OS was currently the fasting growing on market share.

34. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lmao I love seeing all these Samsung fanboys who've obviously never held a windows phone spew all this hatred, don't worry guys, Samsung is copying continuum too hahaha!

36. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

The demise of Windows Phones are a great tragedy in mobile space. Microsoft was the only one with the potential to become a formidable rival to Android and iOS. Now, there is no one else to challenge the two Titans in the foreseeable future.I don't know what it would take to surpass android and apple TBH.

42. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It really just goes down to apps, I personally love my BlackBerry Passport and there's not a single other handset I see myself wanting, but when I show it around people ask me, 'does it do snapchat?' so titans yes, now creativity? Nah, app gap is the only thing that would make people want to switch

43. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks since Microsoft is targeting it's smart phones to be sold to Businesses and institutions. where is the New Surface smart phones. the time is NOW for them to come out before people think they do not exist. It's been 17 months since the 950/950 XL flagship Windows smart phones came. Apple and Android new smart phones have upgraded twice. what is wrong at Microsoft. they have to make their own smart phone and market it well to let People know that they are still in the game. what is the Hold up?

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