Nokia Lumia 900 News – Sale Date, AT&T Employee Use, & Landing Page
If you are waiting for the Nokia Lumia 900, there are tons of details and rumors popping up.
1st off, Adam posted yesterday that the rumored April 8th date still seems likely. He mentions that a reader of WP Central was able to get some hands on time with the Lumia 900 in an AT&T store where an employee had both the black and cyan models to toy with. The reader liked the matte finish on the back cover and felt that it pockets nicely with the rectangular corners and flat front/back panels. WP Central’s article cites an April 9th date, but Adam seems to be sticking with April 8th.
The Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3″ AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz CPU, 1830mAh battery (non-replacable), 16GB of storage, 8MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras with 4G LTE support. It is expected to sell for $99 on contract. Online orders should start Sunday, April 8th with in-store availability April 9th. No word on full-price yet.
After having an opportunity to use the Nokia 900 at CES, I am in love with it as well. Too bad I can’t get one of my own. I will not turn this into a rant though. I already shared this rant. Check out Chuong’s hands on from CES 2012.
Later in the day, a landing page for the Nokia Lumia 900 popped up on AT&T’s website with a videos, lots of marketing jargon, and a form to sign up to be notified when it’s available.
Late last night, another story showed up on WP Central, AT&T Employees are getting Nokia Lumia 900s to use and it’s being funded by Nokia.
You read that right: Nokia is paying, we hear up to $25 million, for AT&T employees to exclusively use the Lumia 900 instead of the iPhone and Android. Nokia is expecting more than 80% of employees to be using their flagship Windows Phone for participation in the CU program (employees can opt to use any phone they want at a discount, but CU phones are provided for free), which should go a long way in convincing those employees the merits of the OS, resulting in positive worth of mouth and sales.
I can’t comment on whether or not this is true, but I can see it happening. I would be surprised to see every sales rep using these in every store, but if it happens, it should be great for Microsoft and Nokia. I know Nokia has thrown a ton of marketing money at their Windows Phone offerings, so this doesn’t shock me.