Nokia Lumia phones coming to Australia in March

Nokia's Lumia smartphone line may have gotten good reviews, but in terms of sales the jury is still out on how many of the phones the company will be able to convince people to buy. Now it looks like a new market for the Windows Phone-powered Lumia line will be opening up in a few more weeks.

The Australian Financial Review web site reports that the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800 will both make their Australian debuts sometime in March. Nokia Australia managing director Chris Carr says that the Lumia 800 will be sold via a number of different wireless carriers in that country, including Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Nokia will also sell the Lumia 710 in Australia, although it has yet to sign agreements with Australian wireless carriers for that device. Pricing for the two phones has yet to be announced.

There's no word on when or even if Australians will be able to purchase the Lumia 900, the larger and LTE-based smartphone that was announced at CES 2012 and is scheduled to be launched in the US on March 18 via AT&T for $99.99.

Update: Confirmed, see first comment below!

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This makes me happy, as someone else said its about time we got new devices in Australia. I'll upgrade to a Lumia and hand my trophy to my girlfriend...

Anthonyd said,
Isn't australia the country where everybody has an iPhone? I wonder what australians are thinking about the lumia(s)

I don't and I am.

Yes I dont know why Nokia didnt do a global launch to make the event a lot bigger but anyway the initial devices have all gone through staged rollouts across eu to us....Australia being last should come as no surprise...not much different I guess to Apple allocating what 10 units to AU for its launch then aus consumers having to wait weeks to get the product anyway

it all should have come out on launch with everyone else, i would have gotten my wife one the, but will be to late then

"Australians will be able to purchase the Lumia 900, the larger and LTE-based smartphone "

Wireless carriers support LTE in Australia ?

alexalex said,
"Australians will be able to purchase the Lumia 900, the larger and LTE-based smartphone "

Wireless carriers support LTE in Australia ?

Don't know about the other carriers but Telstra has been rolling out a LTE network in major cities, it's extremely limited right now but growing.

alexalex said,
Wireless carriers support LTE in Australia ?

Only Telstra; only in mainland capitals and coverage is atrocious right now (seriously, in Sydney, there's no coverage on the coast - 8km from the city centre). However AFAICT the Lumia 900 is compatible with the LTE network Telstra is rolling out.

VHA are rolling out HSPA broadly now, so LTE will be some time (years) away. Optus - who knows.

We desperately need a Windows Phone refresh here in Australia. Its about time!! Sick of getting shafted by Microsoft. I'm definitely buying the Lumia 800 outright for my Telstra plan.

Simmo3D said,
We desperately need a Windows Phone refresh here in Australia. Its about time!! Sick of getting shafted by Microsoft. I'm definitely buying the Lumia 800 outright for my Telstra plan.

Thing is you're not getting shafted by Microsoft. It's the carriers that are continuously shafting us when it comes to Windows Phone.

Nokia needs to sign agreements with all 3 major providers for Lumia 900. Make it exclusive and they loose.

And make it fast with Lumia 900 (Why are we always late to the party?)