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AT&T To Sell Nokia Lumia 900 April 8: 'Killer Phone' at 'Killer Pricepoint'

The Nokia Lumia 900, the Windows Phone that is shouldering the smartphone market share dreams of both Microsoft and Nokia, will come to the United States on April 8.

In blogging about the release date this morning, AT&T added two twists: The device will be available in white and the price is extremely aggressive at $99.99 with a two-year contract.

Lumia 900
Nokia Lumia 900

"Nokia Lumia 900 won the Best of CES award for smartphones and is more than just a killer phone at a killer pricepoint," wrote Jonathan Church, AT&T director of product marketing management. Michael Stroh, Microsoft's main Windows Phone blogger, also took up the pricing talking point, calling the phone "an astounding deal."

The Lumia 900 will be the third of Nokia's Windows Phones to be released as the Finnish company relaunches its smartphone line around the Windows Phone-first strategy, as opposed to the homegrown smartphone operating systems the company had previously ridden to first place in the worldwide smartphone market. The decisions have caused the phonemaker to get hammered by investors, although it's still far too early to call the strategy either a success or failure.

The previous flagship, the Lumia 800, was available only outside the United States. The Nokia Lumia 710 came to the United States via T-Mobile in January. While inexpensive at $49.99, the Lumia 710 (like the Lumia 800) had no front-facing camera, an odd design choice given Microsoft's emphasis on Microsoft Lync and its acquisition of Skype.

The Lumia 900 does have the front-facing camera, along with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens. The device will also support Nokia's new Lumia-specific app, Creative Studio, which applies and displays photo effects to the viewfinder prior to taking a picture. Other features of the Lumia 900 include 4G LTE support, a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display and a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor. The device comes with 16 GB of memory, a limitation compared to the industry standard iPhone 4S, which is available with 16, 32 or 64 GB.

Pre-orders for the Lumia 900 will be available to qualified business customers with wireless service discounts starting March 30. The cyan and black versions of the Lumia 900 will be available in AT&T stores on April 8, and the white model will be available on April 22.

Also on April 8, AT&T will begin selling the massive HTC Titan II, the second generation of the 4.7-inch Windows Phone. The new version features a 16-megapixel camera and is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

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Reader Comments

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 Aaron Booker Bellingham, WA

Any word on Win (phone) 8 upgradeability later this year for this Nokia? I'm seriously interested but that's a critical data point for me and many others.

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 Sarah Salem, NH

The Nokia 900 release could be the start of a new beginning for both Nokia and Windows. It seems that both companies have put a lot of work to truly refine this phone, and it's at a great price. What the Windows Phone needs desperately right now is publicity - and an impressive release could aid that effort. Sarah Mosaic Technology http://www.mosaictec.com

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 cdr

Been holding out for new gen Windows phones...I saw this, and then bought two Galaxy SII's. I would much rather have a Win phone, I like the OS better than Android, but forced to move to ATT... that just isn't going to happen. Of course no SD slot and only 16gb doesn't provide any encouragement, either. And don't tell me that I can store all I want online... I know that, and ATT knows that it can charge for that data every time I use it!

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 Marc

It would be really nice if journalists did not mindlessly parrot the marketing junk of the companies claiming that a phone costs only $99.99 "with a two-year contract." The two-year contract has a price that vastly exceeds the $99.99 and this makes the whole pricing statement meaningless. If the contract costs us $80 a month the cost of the phone is $1060, not $99.99.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 kevinr ohio

would be really nice if we could stop the stupid device exclusivity for phones here in the USA. let ME the consumer pick my phone and pick my carrier like the rest of the world can. i'd love to have this phone, but i'm not switching to AT&T to get it.

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