Nokia blazes trail to T-Mobile with new 'Flame' 4G Windows Phone

A few days ago, it emerged that T-Mobile US had decided not to offer the Windows Phone 7.8 update to its customers who had purchased Nokia's Lumia 710. The report was confirmed yesterday by the company itself, who reiterated their commitment "to enhancing customers' experience with our devices". 

Perhaps that experience will prove to be better for those who buy Windows Phone 8 handsets on T-Mo. The operator already offers the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Nokia's Lumia 810, with the latter being among the first handsets to receive the 'Portico' OS update - and now a third Windows Phone looks set to join the range. 

Leaked information, seen by TmoNews, points to a new Nokia handset - currently referred to as the 'Flame' - being lined up to join the T-Mobile US range in late April. This isn't going to be a mighty new flagship though, so don't get your hopes up on that front; instead, it seems that it will slot in below the Lumia 810 as a more affordable Windows Phone offering in the carrier's line-up. 

Based on its specs, the 'Flame' looks set to be a variant of the Lumia 620, shown here

The Flame is believed to include a 4-inch WVGA (800x480px) display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera and 4GB of onboard storage, along with a microSD card slot. Those specs suggest that this will be a T-Mobile variant of Nokia's Lumia 620 (pictured above), which recently launched in several markets. 

Don't expect the Flame moniker to survive though; that's just an internal development codename, and will be replaced with Lumia branding when the device goes on sale on or around April 24, when T-Mobile is also expected to launch a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. 

Source: TmoNews | Image via Nokia

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Ok good. If it was better than the Lumia 810 I got last week, I'd be pretty ****ed. Why don't they focus on getting the 920?


You know, you can download Nokia Care Suite and flash your phone to 7.8 yourself.

You'll lose all your text messages and have to re-install your apps, but at least you have a choice! Plus, T-Mobile's firmware is VERY bloated compared to the others out there.

Unfortunately, T-Mobile even skipped the upgrade for HTC's Windows Phone, and not just Nokia. And yes, I have upgraded my HTC Radar to 7.8 manually. In addition, I don't care about the bloat ware, but I care about the possibility of having a new radio version that comes with the update.

Oh I hate these "variants", providing no enhancements but causing incompatibilites. Seriously, what's wrong with you, T?

That's US carriers for you.

They all use different frequencies so the radio on board the phones are slightly different. So since Nokia / Samsung / Apple etc all have to make slightly different hardware variants the carriers ask if the phones can look different too.

Nonsense, most of these handsets are quadband already. It's like T had a completely different network, alone in the world.

Edited by bviktor, Feb 7 2013, 9:06pm :

Nonsense, most of these handsets are quadband already. It's like T had a completely different network, alone in the world.

So thanks for just repeating what I said

AT&T uses 850 and 1900 for 3g. Most of the world uses 2100. 850 is very rarely used.
T-Mobile uses 1700 and 2100.
Verizon uses CDMA.
Sprint uses CDMA and WiMax.

Verizon and AT&T both have LTE but with different frequencies. It's very rare to find a phone in the US that supports both T-Mobile and AT&T frequencies, and hence carriers can lock and limit phone variants to their own network.