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Nokia Lumia 900 to hit AT&T March 18th for $99?

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Nokia Lumia 900 to hit AT&T March 18th for $99?
A source speaking to BGR confirmed the March 18th launch date we reported for Nokia’s Lumia 900. The 4.3” WP7 handset will make its debut on AT&T, although the date may not be set in stone; apparently the Lumia 900 is still working to get final technical approval.

More exciting is the reported price: Consumers purchasing the phone with a two year contract will get it for a less than a Benjamin. Before sales tax anyhow. Still, a $99 price point is very aggressive, so clearly Microsoft and Nokia are coming to play this spring. This price positioning reflects the important that Microsoft and Nokia place on the U.S. market for the future of Windows Phone.

Given the lackluster sales of WP7 so far, this is a smart move. It will come at a time when they are reported to be readying a $100 million dollar marketing campaign in the U.S. Both AT&T and Nokia may benefit from the contrast that will be made with Verizon’s laughable $300 on-contract price point for Android LTE handsets.

No reports of on-contract pricing for international markets yet, but they will most likely vary from country to country anyhow.

Any U.S. customers that are planning to pick up a Lumia 900 for a hundred dollars?

source: BGR via TechCrunch

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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:10 11

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

thats impressive

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:12 6

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

so this will debut on my birthday????? if i wasnt already sold on the Galaxy Note, this might be a good birthday present

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:14 13

3. torr310 (Posts: 1074; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

"Verizon’s laughable $300 on-contract price point for Android LTE handsets."

That's a very well said!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:17 7

4. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 708; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)

That's much better. Amazing actually.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:22 8

5. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)

May have to buy this flat out instead of the Galaxy Note LTE

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 14:34 1

6. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Still single core. Thats why its a hundred bucks

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 16:08 8

9. SuperEd (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Netolic. It does not need more than one core. It is actually just as fast as any of the best iOS or Driod OS out there. It's best if you actually do some research before making a statement that is irrelevant.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 18:20 1

13. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I know that, i was not implementing about the perfomance. I wqs mere pointing out the cost of materials used to make this phone and why it ended up 99 bucks only on contract. Single core processors are cheaper than dual cores , right

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 18:54 7

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

If you feel that the only thing that reflects price in a phone is it's processor. Then the polycarbonite frame, gorilla glass, carl zeiss lens are dirt cheap materials.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 21:35 1

21. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It's priced at $100 because it (1) makes it more appealing, especially to first-time smartphone owners (2) it makes it more appealing compared to its Windows Phone Mango brethren, the HTC Titan, Titan II, and Samsung Focus S ($199.99), (3) makes it more exclusive/higher-end pricewise than the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (49.99, smaller screen, fewer features) and (4) if there are giveaways for the device, getting a free phone instead of paying for it or having a contract would be very appealing; (5) There are no dual-core WindowsPhones right now; they are likely to deploy with the Apollo update, likely to be out Q4 2012. WindowsPhone doesn't need dual-core right now, and by the time that it will have dual-core, the power consumption issues that plague most dual-core phones (most excepting the latest Motorolas, it seems), which will be better for the user.
Personally the only thing that I would improve on the handset component-wise would be to give it a higher-resolution screen (again, we have to wait for the Apollo update for that) and an external memory slot. Cloud storage is great (25GB free with Microsoft SkyDrive), but I like not having to use my data to access my stuff

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 17:17 2

12. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

do some research bro.... IT HELPS!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 15:32 4

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Its very impressive.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 15:55 4

8. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)

not bad..

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 17:07 2

10. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Great move from Nokia. This would hurt android more than ios. Why do I say that? Because fandroids themselves have said that ios users are a part of a cult and that we are brainwashed. Which means that we will never abandon our idevices :)

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 19:56 4

17. nwright94 (unregistered)

I'm starting to see Android as a huge cult too now.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 17:13 4

11. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Nokia finally gets it! Now add the Lumia 800 + bigger battery and LTE for free on contract to both Verizon and AT&T.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 18:55 2

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

Great price. I have to wait to July now. The suspense is killing me.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 19:18 2

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

Off subject but have to vent. Cowork wanted new smart phone like everyone in our department. She is so tech illiterate! So I gave her info on htc radar and general info on WP and how easy it is to use. Informed her of live tiles, social integration built into phone, and more! WP so easy built for a person like her. What happens, she came to work with an Android phone. Guess what she told me? The girl rep told her Android is like a mac PC. How do you beat ignorance! My coworker was conned into buying an Android phone!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 20:13 2

18. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

@lubba...Did you tell her that she was lied to by the sales rep? I guess at the end of the day, your co-worker is going to have to decide on whether to keep the device or not; but this story is nothing new - people walk in with a non android device on their mind, and they allow the sales rep to manipulate them into buying an Android.

Please let them try to talk to me about Android - I will kindly 'check' them, and then go home and order the non Android device online!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 21:36

22. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Buyer's remorse period: she should use it.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 20:41

19. GeekMovement (unregistered)

What?! I'd totally get one if I were with AT&T. Wish it would come to sprint too!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 20:57

20. RandomlyPsychotic (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

and i bought an unlocked galaxy nexus in november -________-
oh wells. i'll still consider this phone when my nexus breaks or something.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 22:51 1

23. hotspot (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)

sound like pretty good..come back nokia..yeah baby :)

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