Nokia’s Lumia 900, which AT&T launched on Easter Monday (April 9th), may or may not be selling well depending on who you ask. There’s an easy way to get it into the hands of more customers though, and that’s by simply by letting more operators have a go at offering the device to their customers. According to a brief encounter with a T-Mobile employee at a retail store, rumor has it that America’s fourth largest operator will start selling Nokia’s flagship this summer. How much? No idea. Will it have 4G LTE? Nope, but that’s OK since Nokia also sells the Lumia 900 in a configuration that has 42 Mbps HSPA+. How believable is this rumor? Very, especially since T-Mobile was the first operator in North America to sell Nokia’s Windows Phones. They started with the lower end 710, which right now is free with a two year contract, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that they’d want to offer a higher end model to have a more balanced portfolio.
The more important question: Should you buy the Lumia 900 if T-Mobile does indeed start selling it? Earlier today we covered a huge scandal in the Windows Phone world, the question of whether or not today’s Windows Phone devices will get updated to Windows Phone 8. Assuming that OS launches in October or November, that’s just five to six months away from “summer”. The Nokia device that’ll run Windows Phone 8 will come with a 720p HD screen, dual core processor, NFC, and a whole host of other goodies. In other words, if you do pick up a Lumia 900, then prepare to feel like you’ve been cheated just a few short months later. Signing a two year contract doesn’t help things either.
At the end of the day it really is up to you to decide when to stop waiting and when to open your wallet. All we want to say about that is: Galaxy S III in 3 weeks, Google I/O and WWDC in June, Windows Phone 8 announcement in September or October, and iPhone 5 announcement in October or November.