Lumia 900 coming to the UK May 14th

The launch of the Lumia 900 in the US on April 8 has been, so far at least, a huge success for Nokia and for Microsoft's Windows Phone in general. Indeed, the smartphone's carrier AT&T has been having issues with keeping units of the Lumia 900 in stock, with the cyan and white versions being particularly popular with the US audience.

Now there's word that the excellent US sales for the phone have caused the UK launch date for the Lumia 900 to be delayed. The Phones 4U retailer originally announced an April 27th UK launch for the smartphone. Now, as V3.co.uk reports, that launch date has been pushed back a few weeks. The site reports that the Phones4U will now start selling the smartphone on May 14th. 

Another UK smartphone outlet, Carphone Warehouse, is also expected to start selling the Lumia 900 sometime in May, although an exact date has yet to be announced. A Nokia spokesperson said, "The overwhelming demand for the Lumia 900 in the US with AT&T has, unfortunately, had a small knock-on effect on product availability in the UK."

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said last week that sales of the Lumia lineup as a whole "have been mixed", adding that while sales of the phones in the US have exceeded the company's expectations " ... establishing momentum in certain markets including the UK has been more challenging." It will be interesting to see if Nokia has learned from its Lumia 900 US experience and will try to translate that to the UK.

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Pre-ordered mine from Fones4u and got a great deal on O2. Unlimited minutes and text and 1GB of data for £36/mth. I wanted the cyan one but was told they are only getting black or white at the launch. I was going to wait but was offered £100 cashback if i took a different colour so i opted for a white one and the cash. Cant wait for May 14th now!

I call nonsense. If the launch date was originally the 27th, the stock should've been in the UK for operator branding/locking/etc long before they knew it would be such a big success in the USA. And that stock wouldn't have anything to do with a US launch as it would already have been sent to operators for said branding/locking. As such, I think they're just using the popularity of the US phone launch as an excuse for not making enough for their planned launch dates. Either that, or "engineering" a fake shortage to give the device some more publicity.

I thought it was already here

What have I been seeing in the mobile shops? Thats blue and made my Nokia, or is that another version of Lumia?

I hope they put it on more networks, Orange and O2 suck meanwhile Vodaphone cost a lot and don't give you good data deals. I'm not getting a new phone until September anyway when my deal is up so a WP8 phone will probably be my choice. But for the sake of the OS I hope Nokia do stock this phone well and get it on all the decent networks.

Gaffney said,
I hope they put it on more networks, Orange and O2 suck meanwhile Vodaphone cost a lot and don't give you good data deals. I'm not getting a new phone until September anyway when my deal is up so a WP8 phone will probably be my choice. But for the sake of the OS I hope Nokia do stock this phone well and get it on all the decent networks.

Unlikely it will be well stocked, it's great they have sold out and exceeded expectations but i bet this is partly because they played it safe and kept stock levels reasonable.. If they believe the UK is struggling to gain momentum, they may get it wrong again if it does prove to be popular and sell out again.. just an assumption.