Nokia to give away Lumia 900s in March, retail soon?

The Nokia Lumia 900 is a phone that many in the States have been waiting to get their hands on since its announcement at CES. While the company has yet to give a specific time when the device will go on sale, Nokia is apparently gearing up to give away some of the units in March.

We suspect that Nokia would not hand out pre-production devices at a job fair so it is safe to assume that these are most likely retail units. If this is the case, we could reasonably expect general availability around that time considering Nokia is giving the units away to outsiders.

To make this hiring event even better, a Nokia Lumia 900 will be raffled every 30 minutes. That means you could be one of the first few to own the award-winning device!

Is this hard evidence that the device will hit the shelves in March, certainly not, but given that the company is hawking these at a job fair, we believe that the device is nearing general availability.

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Nokia seems to be stuck in slow-motion... 6-months behind schedule and no indication of anything 'amazing' taking place before Win8/Apollo is released. Nokia's stock price has fallen by 20% since they announced the 900 and 610. S&P cut their credit rating to just 1 step above junk after revealing their margins have fallen from 20 to less than 5% in the last 12-months. Microsoft should subsidize the hell out of these phones offering way more incentives than just 6-months free zune pass -- Nokia's line-up including the 610 and 900, is an opportunity they shouldn't pass-up and give away all sorts of premiums (e.g., free unlimited data for a year with all the major carriers who place WP front and center) and put the 610/710/800/900 out there for US$129/199/$249/$349 that allows Nokia to survive, consumers have something to get excited about other than the color of the next iphone, and Microsoft attains market share north of 10% by end of Q3 this year.

I'm going to be brutally honest. This is for the most part the only way Nokia will move these devices. They waited too long (and still haven't) to release the 900. Now word is out of a "super" high end Nokia device when Windows 8 comes out. Which is not too far off. Not many will go into a 2 year contract for the 900 if a better phone is mere months away.

I think the official release of the 900 will make a huge thud sound. Unless they sell them at the $350-$400 range out of contract. I was gonna be one of those people standing in line (wishful thinking) for a white 900. Now I'll most likely get a different WP and stick with my iPhone 4 and wait for more details of this new Nokia phone.

I knew being an early adopter would be tough at times but MS and Nokia are dropping the ball so far.

downhillrider said,
I'm going to be brutally honest. This is for the most part the only way Nokia will move these devices. They waited too long (and still haven't) to release the 900. Now word is out of a "super" high end Nokia device when Windows 8 comes out. Which is not too far off. Not many will go into a 2 year contract for the 900 if a better phone is mere months away.

I think the official release of the 900 will make a huge thud sound. Unless they sell them at the $350-$400 range out of contract. I was gonna be one of those people standing in line (wishful thinking) for a white 900. Now I'll most likely get a different WP and stick with my iPhone 4 and wait for more details of this new Nokia phone.

I knew being an early adopter would be tough at times but MS and Nokia are dropping the ball so far.

Well said. I am getting testy with having to wait. The Note looks more delicious everyday, especially since I check Amazon Wireless daily to see it's $50 cheaper and hoping for another drop.

downhillrider said,
I'm going to be brutally honest. This is for the most part the only way Nokia will move these devices. They waited too long (and still haven't) to release the 900. Now word is out of a "super" high end Nokia device when Windows 8 comes out. Which is not too far off. Not many will go into a 2 year contract for the 900 if a better phone is mere months away.

I think the official release of the 900 will make a huge thud sound. Unless they sell them at the $350-$400 range out of contract. I was gonna be one of those people standing in line (wishful thinking) for a white 900. Now I'll most likely get a different WP and stick with my iPhone 4 and wait for more details of this new Nokia phone.

I knew being an early adopter would be tough at times but MS and Nokia are dropping the ball so far.

I totally agree with this and I'm in exactly that postition. My contract ends in June and I really want a Windows Phone, but now knowing that WP8 is potentially coming by the end of the year means I will only be 6 months into having mine for 2 years!
Plus like you say Nokia will have a much better spec phone to give with the launch of WP8.

I know this is always the way with tech but for this it seems too late to the market when they should have launched at the same time with the 800 model being the slightly cheaper option.