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T-Mobile to pass on Nokia's newest models

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T-Mobile to pass on Nokia's newest models
Considering that the Nokia Lumia 520 and its U.S. twin, the T-Mobile branded Nokia Lumia 521, are the top selling Windows Phone 8 models in the world, you'd expect T-Mobile to be more receptive to new Nokia devices. Yet, the recent introduction of new Nokia Lumia models left the nation's fourth largest carrier shut out.

The new models included the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, which is coming as an exclusive to AT&T. The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is heading to both AT&T and Verizon. And the latter will be eventually offering the highly spec'd 5 inch Nokia Lumia 929. So where is T-Mobile? A published report cites a source as saying that the carrier did not want to get involved in these new releases.

Perhaps T-Mobile would rather stick with what is working, which means waiting for the low-end Nokia Lumia 525. This is an unannounced, entry level Windows Phone 8 handset that provides an upgrade over the Noki Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 521. And based on how well T-Mobile is doing with the Lumia 521, it sounds like something that would be right in T-Mobile's wheelhouse.

source: MyNokiaBlog via WMPoweruser

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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 00:29

1. blkjack (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)

Well I hope people will stop getting mad at Nokia and ATT now when they announce new phones. If T-mobile doesn't want them, nothing Nokia can do about it.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 00:50 1

3. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I highly doubt Nokia signs exclusivity agreements with AT&T(2nd largest carrier) for their flagship phones because T Mobile(4th largest carrier) doesn't want to play ball with them. That just doesn't make sense.

Of course people shouldn't get mad at Nokia either because if it's seriously best for their company to partner with AT&T then who can blame them? If a T Mobile customer wants to own a 1020 or a 1520 SOOOO bad, then move to AT&T. We just moved to AT&T because Sprint had no coverage in our new house, so I understand the financial hardship of HUGE ETFs just to get what you want but if you want something so bad go get it. Nokia has no moral responsibility to customers on T Mobile.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 08:11

13. blkjack (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)

That's not what I was saying at all. If you look around the forums whenever a Nokia phone is released to ATT, you see plenty of people getting mad at those two parties. Well now, they have definitive proof that at least one of the carriers (T-mobile) doesn't want some of the phones and that it has nothing to do with exclusivity. So instead of getting mad at ATT and Nokia, people on other carriers should be getting upset with their carrier.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 19:14

17. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

After the merger with Metro PCS and the rollout of it's uncarrier initiatives, T-Mobile has returned back to growth which is great but they are focusing on lower end prepaid and less profitable customers. As their report showed today, they added a great amount of customers but at the expense of MUCH LOWER ARPU than the big 3.

This tactic may work in the short term but eventually it will seriously dilute and devalue the T-Mobile brand taking away the premium. They really need to balance their act well between bringing in customers and making money with higher quality customers.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 00:41

2. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Nokia has nothing to worry about: this is MSFT's problem now :o`

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 00:56 1

4. GeekMovement (unregistered)

and Sprint doesn't carry a single Lumia device. I'd even consider trying the 521 if it came to Sprint.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 01:38 3

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

I actually do not blame T-Mo. These huge screened devices, even the more mid spec 1320, don't seem to fit what works for T-Mobile's customers. WP is still developing a user base, and the low end devices on their network have sold well. T-Mobile offers a couple premium devices, but truly do focus on more affordable options.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:32

7. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 82; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)

1320 isn't mid spec

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:51

10. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

The only Nokia phone tmobile even has is the 925 and 521. Both sold poorly because there are way better android phones for the $.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 03:04 1

6. davidwal (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)

I really wanted them to put the 1020 out on tmobile, or something with that great camera. I think AT&T has had the exclusive long enough on it. My sister really wanted that phone on tmobile I may get my sister the 521 for her birthday.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:28 1

8. wrm2013 (Posts: 209; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Wtf. Cool I'll never own a 1020 now.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:35 2

9. Daytonadave17 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)

Just unlock the 1020 or 1520 to use it on T-Mobile.. Is,that possible?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:54

11. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Yes if you had an unlocked US one it would work on tmobiles network on every frequency.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 08:10

12. wrm2013 (Posts: 209; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Are you sure

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:54 2

15. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


1520 model 938 and 1020 model 876 have 1700, 1900 and 2100

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:16

14. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)

Best idea! Thats what i do. I buy used phones on ebay and Amazon which are already unlocked and use it on the T-mob prepaid plan. Complete freedom without being tied down to any contract whatsoever.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 19:47

16. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

Nokia's prob imho is that they dont seem to get a good hardware design! One of the few exceptions to me was the 720. All these other ones coming out they give you a giant screen and still keep the camera specs low 5mp is fine for me but I don't like how still the nokia devices are to bulky or to wide etc. then they come out with the 520 but it's lacking a camera flash! It's just always something off with them it seems. Meanwhile ill stick with my android that I have made it look like a wp . That's the beauty of Android so customizeable.

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