Nokia and AT&T all but confirmed to be launching Windows Phone devices

Rumors of Nokia and AT&T pairing up to sell Windows Phone devices has been all but confirmed by the two companies. If you needed more evidence that the two will be offering up phones in the near future, take a look at next weeks AT&T dev conference in Las Vegas.

On the scheudle for Monday, January 9th from 2:30-3:15, Nokia will be speaking at the AT&T dev event about creating Windows Phone applications. The event is as stated:

Nokia: Building a Top Windows Phone Application - 2:30 - 3:15

Mobile devices and applications have become a natural extension of their users, and as such, consumers now demand showcase experiences from the apps they use on a daily basis. Have you ever wondered what the secret sauce is that differentiates typical apps from breakout successes that provide truly unique experiences? Does your application exhibit “wow factor” functionality that users can't seem to live without and show off proudly to their friends and family? The Windows Phone Mango platform allows developers to easily unlock the full potential of their product. Showcase apps take full advantage of these unique capabilities by leveraging Live Tiles, deep linking, OS integration, localization, and background processing. When used in conjunction with a well thought-out application design and the Metro UI design language, end-users are left with a satisfying experience that just feels right. When finished, you will have gained pragmatic guidance based on real-life examples on how to create a true showcase application.

It becomes clear that if Nokia is speaking at an AT&T event about creating Windows Phone applications, the two must be launching a device in the very near future. While there is not direct evidence here, it would suggest that the Lumia 900 rumors of launching next week become more plausiable.

Is this ground breaking new information? Hardly, rumors of AT&T and Nokia pairing up have been around for some time, but this is another drop in the bucket that builds the case that Nokia and AT&T will be launching a new device in the very near future.

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Even tho I understand the hate for ATT, you gotta understand why most phones from overseas go to ATT first. First off, ATT is the only carrier in the US who makes phones that work overseas. ATT is the carrier in the USA who has the most world travelers compared to the other 3. So thus it makes since to start with ATT.

Also ATT is less phone bias vs Verizon and Sprint.
I dont care what carrier it appears on, bec I dont plan to use the carriers service. I want the Nokia 900 and I will just tether it to my iPhone for data.

Plus this is what you all miss too. These devices can always be purchased unlocked, which would allow me to buy a prepay SIM and use the device. Something I can't get with an Verizon phone unless it was a prepay to begin with. With T-Mobile you can also buy a phone unlocked and use a prepay SIM. Again, Sprint and Verizon can't do this on CDMA because they don't use SIMS. They only use SIMS in a world model of the device. Which you can request to be unlock to use overseas if you take a trip.

That's good news for WP fans and AT&T users. But... will anyone besides MS fans buy them? Will the sales reps continue to dissuade people and steer them towards iPhone/Android? Will the Nokia WP end up relegated to the corner, with no working display model and no promotion by the sales reps?

My guess, the answer to all these questions is "yes".

Nick Kessler said,
Except the first question. The answer to that is "no"
And you're a loser. Mnay people who have Windows Phones now, never had a Windows device before. Windows Mobile didn't have fans. Windows Mobile was mostly used by Windows-centric businesses where the phones worked 100% with the Enterprise setup. Many companies still standardize on Windows devices. So if these remian with the platform, I would hardly consider them fans.


Fans do stupid shyte like stand in line to be first hoping to sell their spot. fans stand out in the rain, hail and snow to wait for a device everyone is going to have a few weeks later. Fans continue to buy from the same phone maker year after year even when they know a better phone than their favorite exists.

You obviously don't know what a fan is, so why try to comment on what a fan will or won't do. Learn what a fan is first.

I have a bad feeling about this.
Nokia was succesful because, its phones were not bound by carriers. They were unlocked and cheaper than competition.
I hope the prices are still low though, otherwise, it might get difficult for them
All the best wishes

Muhammad Farrukh said,
I have a bad feeling about this.
Nokia was succesful because, its phones were not bound by carriers. They were unlocked and cheaper than competition.
I hope the prices are still low though, otherwise, it might get difficult for them
All the best wishes

the Lumia 800 is expensive, but most people are ignoring how cheap the Lumia 710 is. Guys, that thing is some serious bang for buck.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
...

That was back in their Symbian days.
Now they have a smartphone strategy, tied to Microsoft's OS and hardware specifications.
This will fix the price at or above the other WP7 handsets.

Nokia still plan on making Belle (aka Symbian) phones for the feature phone space in emerging markets at the rate of 1 million handsets per day.

They are not hurting. I only hope that Nokia's WP7 handsets differentiate themselves in some way from the rest of the pack.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
I have a bad feeling about this.
Nokia was succesful because, its phones were not bound by carriers. They were unlocked and cheaper than competition.
I hope the prices are still low though, otherwise, it might get difficult for them
All the best wishes

Biggest problem is the unlocked and non-carrier centric strategy doesn't work in the US. This is why Nokia has never had a major presence in the US smart phone race (even before the iPhone).