We hardly knew ye: Verizon retires the Lumia Icon seven months after launch

We hardly knew ye: Verizon retires the Lumia Icon seven months after launch
Well that didn’t last long. Verizon’s flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon, has been retired barely seven months after its release. The carrier says it has stock in all areas though, so you can still buy one for the time being.

While we have no sales numbers of the Lumia Icon, the device did not register on recent statistics from AdDuplex, suggesting it was not a hot seller, either due to lack of interest, or just as likely, lack of promotion at a retail level.

That is not to say that Verizon is not an active player in the Windows Phone ecosystem in the US, but it is a distant third behind AT&T and T-Mobile, who, along with their pre-paid carriers Cricket and MetroPCS, control nearly 75% of Windows Phone market share in the United States.

It is not very often a device will get euthanized in such a short time, unless it simply is not selling. The non-aggressive on-contract pricing, and lack of promotion at a consumer level no doubt played a role in seeing store rooms retaining stock of the device. While we would like to think that the Icon’s retirement sets the stage for another Lumia flagship, or a wider distribution of the Icon’s international twin, the Lumia 930, in the US, the timing does not work.

Browsing through Big Red’s web site, the only Nokia we could find was the Lumia 928, but the carrier is still offering the Samsung ATIV SE, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, and HTC One (M8) for Windows. Even with that line-up, Verizon’s Windows Phone offering is currently larger than that of AT&T or T-Mobile.

Given that Verizon support says the carrier has stock in “all areas, however it has been retired,” we would not discourage you from picking up a new Lumia Icon if it was on your list. You can grab future operating system updates through Microsoft’s developer preview program if Big Red balks at pushing updates through. In exchange, you get a beautiful 5-inch display, super-smooth performance thanks to its Snapdragon 800 CPU, and a superb 20-megapixel PureView camera.

UPDATE: For those that did not check yet, the Lumia Icon is currently still available through Microsoft, $499 retail, or $99 on a two-year contract with Verizon.


source: @VZWSupport via WPCentral

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64 Comments

1. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

and verizon still will not drop price despite lack of demand

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I had this phone for about 4 days, it was akward to hold, it was heavy and the camera was not all that good. It would take 3 seconds to focus and then a second to take the picture. I really don't know how people say that WP camera is the best. By the time you I took the picture my daughter was in another room walking away. I tried both the 928 and the Icon and I did not like WP at all. Even with the 8.1 update.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

So.....what ?

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

He is lying and pure hater.....don't believe him....I have 930 its amazing phone......

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So because he had a bad experience and you didn't, he's a hater? Can't argue with that logic. Not everybody likes the same things as everyone else, and no OS will work for everyone.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Akki is a wp fan to the core. His whole post has zero meaning because he called him a hater.

43. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm a Nokia fan....dude First thing, find it correctly....then post your comment.

27. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I don't believe him either from what I've seen he has never been favorable to the OS, don't really think someone like that would buy a WP.However like you stated not every OS is for everyone, many individuals have had bad experiences with both Android and iOS also BB, we all have different taste. Actual owners seems to overwhelmingly enjoy their 930. http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Lumia-Icon-Verizon-Wireless/dp/B00HWEMZ1E When i read people bash WP is reminds me of back in the day when Flat UI was bashed by many that is until their favorite OS adopted it, height of hypocrisy.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Flat UI wasnt really bashed...the Live Tiles was tho. On Android...before WP even came out a minimalistic ROM was one of the favorites among ROM users. WP UI has a minimalistic look. Ppl did like the Flat look, just hated the Tiles. I will give MS props for being probably the only pioneer of Flat design for OS's, UI's (tired of arguing about WebOS and forgot about Zune's UI until you posted that link last week...I wanted one so bad...)

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I notice you say individuals have bad experiences with Android, iOS, and BB, but you leave out WP, why is that? When I said it, I said no OS will work for everyone, in other words none is better than the other. But you act like you can't even criticize WP. And I don't give a crap what everyone else says, I still don't like the flat UI. I still think it looks like the designers half assed it. But that's my opinion.

22. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I own a 1020. Does it snap as fast as my Note 3(now retired), iPhone 5 or 6 Plus, NO. However, its not that slow. Now picture quality, its second to none. I still carry it as a camera only but not as a daily driver phone as WP wasn't for me.

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So it's a good thing it's going away. It's just a waste of space in stores all WP are a waste of space. ANDROID!!! Lol.

9. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

no Verizon just doesn't support WP. from their reps, to the store planogram, to the carrier updates. their reps are clueless in regards to the platform. I've had conversations with several of them. some being actual friends of mine. verizon is consistantly the LAST carrier to push out WP updates. no suprise here honestly.

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Was waiting for someone to post what you posted: "That is not to say that Verizon is not an active player in the Windows Phone ecosystem in the US, but it is a distant third behind AT&T and T-Mobile, who, along with their pre-paid carriers Cricket and MetroPCS, control nearly 75% of Windows Phone market share in the United States." "Browsing through Big Red’s web site, the only Nokia we could find was the Lumia 928, but the carrier is still offering the Samsung ATIV SE, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, and HTC One (M8) for Windows. Even with that line-up, Verizon’s Windows Phone offering is currently larger than that of AT&T or T-Mobile." Those 2 paragarph = Seems like Verizon does support WP...just not Nokia....which is wild since they basically are WP these days. And Verizon folks just dont want WP. Somethimes its just that simple.

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yet it influenced the design language world now use. People shun the very thing that inspired their OS. Carriers, Carrier employees are quite ignorant towards WP. WP satisfaction rate among users are right up there with iOS and Android.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well....some, many say the modern day smartphone is inspired by the iPhone...and yet it isnt shunned.... Sorry buddy, but you need to give up the Flat UI changing the world crusade...

13. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

A comment without a LIKE is instantly considered as a liar

20. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

He is a liar because neither the 928 nor the Icon have the 8.1 software. The problem is VZ reps are the all-time worse reps.. They push what is easy which Android phones and iPhones (especially iPhones because the VzW reps do not have to tech them).

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

We have to 'tech' you how to spell. He had a bad experience with WP and that makes him a liar? Glad to know you keep tabs about his life. Is there anything else we should know about him? Next you're going to say he doesn't have a daughter either?

26. Busyboy unregistered

He made a statement and backed it up with proof. What's the problem Smurfette? Unfortunately you weren't permanently banned from PA :'(

47. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

i think he actually meant tech, lol.

29. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If you register your device you can get 8.1. How is it that a none WP user would know that, maybe because i actually used it and WP is dirt. The camera is a joke. What good is it to have a high number of Pixels when you cant even capture what you want. Lol!! you guys are worst than iFans and Android fans. At least i tried a different OS and it was GARBAGE!!

39. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

OS choice is personal preference. I would prefer WP anytime over Android though now i use Android. But i can't expect all should choose WP. You can't comment a OS as "Garbage" since you don't know how to use.

41. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

"Windows Phones and OS are dirt / garbage" ..thanks for taking time off from your raccoon trap lines and sharing your thoughts with us, so i guess it's back to the swamp now?

48. Heritor

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Again thank you for lying, troll. 8.1 is not available for 929 and the 928. "Registering" your device doesn't give you access to the cyan. You can get the "developers preview" which is not Cyan nor is it a complete version of 8.1. But you continous comments proves again that you are just a worthless moronic troll.

59. HoweyRoll

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Lumia Icon user here to tell you that the camera is not dirt and is hands down one of the best camera's on the market today. I honestly couldn't give a s**t if it takes a little longer to take a picture. The quality is unmatched. It even can take 4 second long exposure shots. Suck it ass hole.

15. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I hate the shutter speed of my 925. Even my 808's 41MP is much quicke

42. asphaltpilot

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah, I don't believe for a second that you had cared enough about this phone or WP to register for developer preview to get 8.1. Awkward to hold? Heavy? My five year old doesn't have problems carrying the phone around. The short delay (3 seconds? No.) in taking pictures is worth it. My Icon blows everything I used to have out of the water by miles. Go to flickr.com/groups/lumia1520 and just look how good the pure view lenses are.

50. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Its pretty obvious you are just here to TROLL and Hate.. If you dont like the brand,, than get off here and go trash someone else or talk crap about whatever else you use..

65. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

"I really don't know how people say that WP camera is the best." It's not. However, the true Pureview camera, the 41mp lossless zooming one is. Elop found that they would just market all their cameras as Pureview to piggy back off of that one, while supplying lesser cameras on all but one device, the 1020.

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