Nokia and T-Mobile have invited media to a New York City event Dec. 14, in what could be the first unveiling of a Nokia Windows Phone for the U.S. market.
T-Mobile could announce a Windows Phone device for the U.S. market next week,
if an event invitation sent to media is any indication.
for the Dec. 14 event in New York City suggests "something exciting in the
works," and is otherwise bereft of detail. Nonetheless, the combination of
carrier and manufacturer suggests that a Windows Phone could indeed be in the
Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 710 and 800, are both handsomely constructed.
The Lumia 710 is priced as more of a midmarket phone, while the Lumia 800
targets the higher end of the price range. That certainly makes them more
expensive than many midrange Android devices on the market, although carrier
subsidies and other incentives will presumably lower that buy-in cost.
year, Nokia abandoned its homegrown operating systems, including Symbian, in
favor of Windows Phone. Both the Lumia 710 and 800 run the latest variant of
Microsoft's smartphone platform. With that software in place, the Finnish phone
maker hopes to retain its global presence in the face of fierce competition
from both Apple's iPhone and Google Android devices.
But Nokia also
has a negligible presence in the U.S. market, something the company desperately
wants to change. Part of that strategy will, inevitably, involve partnering
with carriers, such as T-Mobile, to release new devices here. The only question
is whether the T-Mobile smartphone set for unveiling next week is either of the
Lumia models, or else something entirely new.
potential fuel to the rumor mill, Nokia is also reportedly pushing through the
first system update to its Lumia 800, tweaking email and other features such as
power efficiency. According to Phone Scoop
, another update will arrive for
the high-end Windows Phone device in "early 2012."
interest in Windows Phone is driving more developers to the platform, at least
according to a recent estimate from the blog All About Windows Phone
, the platform could
rack up 50,000 applications in its marketplace in January 2012.
have suggested an increased developer curiosity about Windows Phone, following
news of Microsoft's alliance with Nokia to create new devices for the platform.
According to Appcelerator and research firm IDF, which surveyed 2,160
Appcelerator Titanium developers earlier in November, Windows Phone has
eclipsed RIM's BlackBerry OS as a subject of interest-making it the third
mobile OS behind Apple's iOS and Google Android.
analysts have taken a more negative view. "With no breakthrough innovation, we
believe Nokia's new phones are unlikely to get traction in a highly
concentrated high end," James Faucette, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities,
wrote in a research note quoted by The
New York Times Nov. 22
. With that in mind, he set Nokia Windows
Phone sales for the quarter to 500,000 units, down from his previous projection
of 2 million.
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