In a bit of a bizarre move, Microsoft has pulled the Nokia Lumia 900 pre-order offer from its retail stores located around the United States. That’s right, you can no longer pre-order a Lumia 900 for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The odd thing is, neither Microsoft nor Nokia offered up any kind of specific reason as to why the phone’s pre-order has been pulled.
This is the second odd occurrence in as many days for a U.S. bound Nokia device. Just yesterday, both companies confirmed that the U.S. bound version of the Lumia 800 was only going to be available through an $899 bundle.
That’s right, when it launches, there will be no other way to buy the Lumia 800 here in the United States other than to shell out close to $1000.
As for the Lumia 900, we had heard that it would be launching sometime in March, specifically, March 18th for $99. Has Microsoft pulled the pre-order because Nokia is about to announce pricing and release information in regards to AT&T’s latest Windows Phone device?
Why yes, that could be the case.
Someone close to the situation tells The Verge that Nokia is going to announce the price and release date for the Nokia Lumia 900 shortly. So maybe it won’t be launching on March 18th after all.
And maybe, it won’t be launching for $99 on-contract either.
That being said, the Lumia 900 is a quality device and one that we think you should have your eyes on if you’re in the market for a new device. It’s a phone that we awarded our Best in Show award for CES 2012 and it’s a device that we came away impressed with after spending some hands-on time with it.
You can see it in action in the video below.
The Lumia 900 will feature a 4.3″ AMOLED ClearBlack display, a single core 1GHz processor, a large 1830 mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel camera with a wide aperture sensor and Carl Zeiss optics, a front-facing camera, as well as 4G LTE capabilities on AT&T.
That means that it will offer data speeds up to 10 times faster then 3G.