New rumor claims T-Mobile will sell Nokia 'Monarch' smartphone

With Microsoft's deal to acquire Nokia's Devices and Services division delayed until sometime in April, it means the company is still free to make smartphones on its own. This week, another rumor about an previously unrevealed Nokia device was reported by noted Internet gadget source @evleaks.

In a post on his Twitter account, @evleaks claims T-Mobile will sell a Nokia smartphone with the code name "Monarch."

That's all the information that he released, however. The Monarch code name has not come up in previous rumors for upcoming Nokia devices, which included "Martini", "Moneypenny" and "Goldfinger." The tweet also doesn't make it clear if Monarch is one of Nokia's Lumia phones with Windows Phone installed or perhaps a version of its Android-based Nokia X family.

Nokia will be holding a press event in San Francisco on April 2 where the company is expected to officially announce at least one, and perhaps more, Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone 8.1. The prime candidates are the budget-priced Lumia 630 and the higher-end Lumia 930.

Source: evleaks on TwitterNokia image via Shutterstock

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I really hope its not a T-Mobile exclusive phone. I made that mistake with my 810 at the moment. Really tired of these carrier exclusive versions, just keep it simple with the phone line up

Claiming that it might be the Nokia X is ridiculous at best. Chances are, we will never see that on a US carrier for a lot of reasons.

I agree with the poster above; I hope too that this is not a low-end variant.

I am so disappointed that the current Windows Phone availability model of exclusives and special made device flavors per carrier still exist.

I really hope this will end, the day Microsoft and Nokia deal gets finalize.
One of the few things Nokia messed up really bad in their Windows Phone business.

nMIK-3 said,
I am so disappointed that the current Windows Phone availability model of exclusives and special made device flavors per carrier still exist.

I really hope this will end, the day Microsoft and Nokia deal gets finalize.
One of the few things Nokia messed up really bad in their Windows Phone business.

It is not about messing it up. It is called leverage. Unlike Apple, MS and Nokia didn't have the same type of momentum coming in the smartphone business. They couldn't bully their way into the market.

In addition, Nokia manufactures GSM phone since GSM is the standard, and what is the biggest company in the U.S. that provide GSM service, it is AT&T. Granted, that has change now since Verizon is now the #1 WP provider, thus the Nokia Lumia Icon. :)

Part of what you are saying is totally true but overall, I completely disagree.

Locking yourself in a single network and excluding millions of people from your potential market its a loss-loss situation for both the companies and the consumers. For example, do you know how many people imported the Lumia 920 from Rogers Canada because it has the T-Mobile LTE bands?
You want to have an early exclusivity on a specific carrier, that is absolutely fine, just make sure you offer the same smartphones unbranded and unlocked available for sale with support of all LTE Bands or carrier specific LTE versions.
Google is doing this with the Nexus program and of course Apple is currently doing everything right in this area.

Then you have the same phone with 10 different names and variants per country and per carrier, the same model with different designs and even different specs(!). This is nothing more than a complex business model that all it does is to damage the image of the product AND creating an internal unnecessary competition.

Like I said, Nokia has done wonders in almost every area in their Windows Phone business, but this exclusivity and carrier specific models thing is really a mess.

nMIK-3 said,
Part of what you are saying is totally true but overall, I completely disagree.

Locking yourself in a single network and excluding millions of people from your potential market its a loss-loss situation for both the companies and the consumers. For example, do you know how many people imported the Lumia 920 from Rogers Canada because it has the T-Mobile LTE bands?

Seriously, do you even know that number? If what you say is true, then I should see more people using the L920 out there, but apparently, there's just not enough people out there that did what you've describe. To be honest, I thought about it as well, but there was just one feature that didn't fit the bill, and that was Internet Sharing. In addition, regular consumers wouldn't know or dare do such a thing, so yes, the number is not as much there to back up your claim, and to be honest, it is a mute point.

...and until MS / Nokia has such a leverage (# of consumers using their phone), then they can do what Apple is doing. At this point, they are still catching up. Once they have that, then MS / Nokia can come up with the same model for all carriers. Heck, I feel that my carrier doesn't even want a Windows Phone (T-Mobile). :s

RommelS said,

Seriously, do you even know that number? If what you say is true, then I should see more people using the L920 out there, but apparently, there's just not enough people out there that did what you've describe. To be honest, I thought about it as well, but there was just one feature that didn't fit the bill, and that was Internet Sharing. In addition, regular consumers wouldn't know or dare do such a thing, so yes, the number is not as much there to back up your claim, and to be honest, it is a mute point.

...and until MS / Nokia has such a leverage (# of consumers using their phone), then they can do what Apple is doing. At this point, they are still catching up. Once they have that, then MS / Nokia can come up with the same model for all carriers. Heck, I feel that my carrier doesn't even want a Windows Phone (T-Mobile). :s

We are in the same page. I do not know the exact number, but it would be much higher if the device was offered unbranded and unlocked. Do not go far see the iPhone case. Millions of people were using the iPhone in T-Mobile USA, that's MILLIONS, before the carrier started officially offering it, because Apple was offering the unlocked version directly from their store, people were able to do so.

I really hope it's not just a Lumia 630 variant. Stop dumping just the low end phones on T-Mobile. Give T-Mobile a Lumia 1520 or Icon variant at least.

Hopefully after Microsoft takes over the Nokia mobile division we will finally see Lumia phones hit all US carriers in a reasonable time frame.

i agree completely im getting bored with android and was thinking about diving in to the windows market but the windows phones on t mobile are horrible atm

In Europe I don't know how is T-Mobile but here in US it sucks. bad network, bad phones, its always an underdog. but I agree with you on having high-end device option on every career.

trojan_market said,
In Europe I don't know how is T-Mobile but here in US it sucks. bad network, bad phones, its always an underdog. but I agree with you on having high-end device option on every career.


networks fine where i live

trojan_market said,
In Europe I don't know how is T-Mobile but here in US it sucks. bad network, bad phones, its always an underdog. but I agree with you on having high-end device option on every career.

T-Mobile is probably the best wireless network right now in the USA. Network is really great and in almost all metropolitan areas LTE speeds outperforming the AT&T and Verizon in many cases there is not even a competition. 5+ million people they switched last year they back me up on this. Trust me.

Second, what lack of phones?? There is no major phone missing from T-Mobile right now in fact they have the most complete portfolio. Besides Windows Phones of course, this is exactly what we are discussing here, its mostly Nokia's fault following a carrier specific models and carrier exclusives Lumias. But the situation is the same in all US carriers besides AT&T.

nMIK-3 said,

T-Mobile is probably the best wireless network right now in the USA..


lol, You meant worst? I personally had terrible experience with T-mobile. drop calls... bad coverage even in town. bad customer service. besides T-Mobile has HSPA+ (4G) but not LTE. I don't know what you talking about

nMIK-3 said,

T-Mobile is probably the best wireless network right now in the USA. Network is really great and in almost all metropolitan areas LTE speeds outperforming the AT&T and Verizon in many cases there is not even a competition. 5+ million people they switched last year they back me up on this. Trust me.

Second, what lack of phones?? There is no major phone missing from T-Mobile right now in fact they have the most complete portfolio. Besides Windows Phones of course, this is exactly what we are discussing here, its mostly Nokia's fault following a carrier specific models and carrier exclusives Lumias. But the situation is the same in all US carriers besides AT&T.

Until you drive between most major cities and you get 2G or no data at all.

I love T-Mobile, but hate their coverage, as they are as bad as ATT in rural areas where they both sub contract from the same horrible GSM tower providers.

Most places I drive, I am forced back to my Verizon 928 and Icon.

trojan_market said,

lol, You meant worst? I personally had terrible experience with T-mobile. drop calls... bad coverage even in town. bad customer service. besides T-Mobile has HSPA+ (4G) but not LTE. I don't know what you talking about

I don't feel like copying and pasting my previous comment you can read it again.

Every carriers have weak spots and low coverage in certain areas. If T-Mobile is not as good for you that does not mean this is the case for everyone else. Be sure that the same apply for all carriers, everyone of them has their own weak service areas. And even in these cases with T-Mobile, when you have no Network Service you always have Wifi Calling. With everyone else, when you have no signal, you simply have NO SIGNAL. I am not even comparing prices and LTE speeds, the comparison is at least laughable.

So to conclude currently for me there is not even comparison in the overall image.

Edited by nMIK-3, Mar 28 2014, 8:54pm :

trojan_market said,

lol, You meant worst? I personally had terrible experience with T-mobile. drop calls... bad coverage even in town. bad customer service. besides T-Mobile has HSPA+ (4G) but not LTE. I don't know what you talking about

Actually, T-Mobile does have HSPA+ AND 4G LTE. And, currently, that 4G LTE is the fastest in the U.S. I get full bars of 4G LTE on my Lumia 925.

Also, TMo will be upgrading their 2g/Edge coverage this year to LTE as well.

nMIK-3 said,

I don't feel like copying and pasting my previous comment you can read it again.

Every carriers have weak spots and low coverage in certain areas. If T-Mobile is not as good for you that does not mean this is the case for everyone else. Be sure that the same apply for all carriers, everyone of them has their own weak service areas. And even in these cases with T-Mobile, when you have no Network Service you always have Wifi Calling. With everyone else, when you have no signal, you simply have NO SIGNAL. I am not even comparing prices and LTE speeds, the comparison is at least laughable.

So to conclude currently for me there is not even comparison in the overall image.


i don't know what state you living in but here in Texas, Verizon is the best followed by At&t. Sprint and T-Mobile are distant third. and Sprint is better than Tmobile when I ask friends. anyway. everybody knows Verizon nationwide has the best Network, At&t has the best phones. and T-Mobile has best.... ? oh yes price. and there is a reason some thing is cheaper right?

Wyn6 said,

Actually, T-Mobile does have HSPA+ AND 4G LTE. And, currently, that 4G LTE is the fastest in the U.S. I get full bars of 4G LTE on my Lumia 925.

Also, TMo will be upgrading their 2g/Edge coverage this year to LTE as well.


the problem of T-mobile is that their network is messed up, as I am saying I am not bringing these up. I was T-Mobile consumer 2 years ago and 1 year ago I had to pay fine for breaking my contract because I was not able to receive calls on my GS2 or GS3. and they admitted it and could do nothing. they told me your apartment complex (which is close to downtown has signal fluctuations) I don't know what magical trick they made. last year all careers except for T-Mobile had LTE but my phone on T-mobile was hspa+ (I had gs3 then)

T-Mobile's network is not messed up, its actually very clean and lean in comparison to everyone else. Their biggest issue is the bulk of their spectrum holdings is in the 1700Mhz+ band which means it is bad for indoors like your apartment and does not cover a wide area as lower frequencies do for rural coverage.

They just bought this year a good starting point in the 700Mhz band that will greatly improve indoor coverage. Their real big play though is next year when the 600Mhz auction occurs. The only thing that can screw it up is if the FCC lets Verizon and At&t outbid everyone to buy it all.

So if all goes well, by end of 2015 they will fix all of their coverage issues.

Back to their network currently. They had very fast speeds 4g HSPA which was as fast as current LTE speeds and then they languished during the AT&T buyout attempt. Once that was over, they used the breakup fee to acquire spectrum and LTE hardware and within 1 year or so they moved the bulk of their 4g to LTE. Now they are finally addressing the Edge/2g coverage issue to move it into LTE. I would say by the end of this year, it will be a huge improvement over what they have now. I can attest it is already much better now than it was 2 years ago.