Though rumors of the Nokia Lumia 900 landing on AT&T on April 8th for $100 have been swirling for a while now, CNET has received an official confirmation straight from the mouth of an AT&T spokesperson that this rumor is true. Those of you waiting to get your hands on Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone device in the states will be able to do so in two short weeks and without it setting you back a pretty penny.
Much is riding on the success of the Lumia 900 in the United States. Both Nokia and Microsoft made huge bets on the Windows Phone platform, which makes up less than 5% of the smartphone OS market share in the United States. Microsoft is hoping that by partnering with Nokia, a longtime leader in the mobile industry, they can build Windows Phone into a legitimate alternative to the iOS and Android duopoly.
While Nokia certainly made a name for itself in the feature phone segment of the market, its venture into smartphones has yielded less than stellar results, especially in the US. With a few exceptions in various regions of the world, Nokia’s Symbian platform was a dud, with less than 2% of US users owning a Symbian-powered smartphone.
The Lumia 900 marks the second Lumia device to land in the states this year, with the T-Mobile Lumia 710 having been released in January. Initial sales of the free-on-contract Lumia 710 have reportedly been decent, and the device has a very positive customer rating on the T-Mobile web store. Nokia, Microsoft, and AT&T are all hoping that the beefier Lumia 900 will continue this success, which seems plausible given the paltry $99.99 price tag, not to mention the rumored $100 million marketing campaign.
As a refresher, the Lumia 900 features:
- 4.3″ Clear Black AMOLED display
- 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 8 megapixel rear-camera with wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens
- 1 megapixel front-facing camera
- 16 GB onboard storage
- AT&T LTE connectivity
- Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
The Lumia 910 will go on sale April 8th for $99.99 at AT&T. Who out there plans on picking one up on launch day?