Nokia is reportedly looking to give wireless carriers a financial stake in its Lumia handsets, rather than simply selling the devices through them. In return, these carriers would have exclusive access to Nokia’s lineup. The Finnish manufacturer hopes this tactic will help boost sales of its excellent but often overlooked Windows Phones.
This report comes by way of The Financial Times and claims that Nokia is already in talks with mobile operators in Europe, where its carrier relationships are strongest. Similar deals in the US aren’t out of the question, however, since many carriers are concerned about the influence of Apple and Google on the market.
Windows Phone 8 isn’t expected until November, about one month after the launch of the OS around October. The Espoo-based company has already begun teasing that “something amazing is coming” on September 7, the day after its Nokia World conference – which takes place September 5-6 – concludes. The Nokia Lumia 900, meanwhile, continues to sell fairly well on AT&T.
Nokia Drive 3.0 is now available on the Windows Phone Marketplace for Lumia handsets. The latest iteration of Nokia’s turn-by-turn directions app adds a new My Commute feature, as well as the ability to pin locations, automatically switch between daytime and nighttime driving modes, and much more.
My Commute is the most impressive addition to the app. Simply enter your home and work addresses, as well as what time you generally get in the car for work, and Nokia Drive 3.0 will begin learning your driving preferences and offering route suggestions based on live traffic reports and common routes. All of this information is also presented on the live tile, for at-a-glance information before you leave the house.
The app has also received a few visual improvements, like a cleaner and more Metro-style driving interface. It’ll also automatically transition between day and night modes, so you’re not constantly entering the settings menu.
Nokia’s financial results for the second quarter of 2012 are in, and while it isn’t necessarily pretty – the company lost $1.9 billion on $9.2 billion in revenue – it isn’t terrible either. Sales of Lumia devices are rapidly increasing quarter over quarter.
Just as a penny doubled every day is a better deal than a lump sum right away, Nokia has managed to double the number of devices sold every quarter since the first Lumia handset debuted last fall. Q2 2012 sales hit four million units sold, a 200% increase over Q1 2012′s two million units and Q4 2011′s one million. Overall sales of Windows Phone devices as a whole increased by approximately 50% quarter over quarter. These aren’t record-breaking numbers, but they do represent some hope for the company.
Nokia, of course, recently halved the price of the Lumia 900 to just $50, making the device a great deal for any new smartphone owner. There was some outcry when Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 would not be released as an update for older devices, but it doesn’t seem to have affected sales much, if at all. “Lumia activations were flat to up in the weeks following Windows Phone 8 announcement,” claimed Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. The company plans to extend the life of existing devices by “[providing] updates to current Lumia products over time, well beyond the launch of Windows Phone 8.” Looking forward, the Finnish manufacturer believes that “the Windows Phone 8 launch will be an important catalyst for Lumia.”
AT&T and Nokia took a hatchet to the price of Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 900, over the weekend. This normally isn’t too big of a deal—phones drop in price all the time—but many are concerned that this is a bad sign for Nokia. As if in confirmation, Nokia’s stock price fell three percent today and many analysts are calling for caution, but not abandonment, when it comes to Nokia stock.
“They are stuck between a rock and a hard place—to drive sales of their devices they are going to have to spend money on marketing and promotions, but at the same time the stock market is demanding they do anything other than spend money,” said Ovum analyst Nick Dillon.
Former world heavyweight champion Nokia has certainly been familiar with rocks and hard places, frying pans and fires, and any number of “oh darn” phrases that you can think of. Once the dominant force in the mobile world, Nokia is now well behind Samsung and Apple.
Nokia has thrown most of its still considerable force into Windows Phone and the Lumia 900—and it shows. The Lumia 900 has awesome specs, but with recent announcements that it will not benefit from a Windows 8 upgrade, can Nokia dig deep and bring out another seriously competitive flagship phone? Anybody who has insider information on a positive answer to this question, please message me privately so we can both buy massive amounts of Nokia stock.
Whatever the future holds, right now you can pick up an ultra-slick—and pretty darn fast—LTE smartphone for only $49.99 with the signing of a 2-year contract. No offense Nokia, but your loss, our gain.
Nokia Maps is rumored to be replacing Bing Maps on Windows Phone 8, but that’s still a few months away. For now, Microsoft has updated Bing Maps on current Windows Phone handsets, greatly expanding the number of streets it can show traffic on. Previously, traffic was only available for highways and major streets. Now, traffic on a large number of secondary streets will appear as well.
This improvement is due in large part to Nokia, which owns and operates the service which powers Bing’s traffic results. Microsoft and Nokia also plan on introducing traffic functionality to 26 other regions in the near future. If you live in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, or the United Kingdom, you’ll no longer be left out. Best of all, these changes will happen automatically; no update is required.
Nokia has just released an update for its popular Lumia 900, fixing the occasional purple hue around the screen in low light conditions and improving the sensitivity for the proximity sensor, among other things. To get the update, simply connect your device to your computer using the Zune software client on the PC or the Windows Phone Connector for Mac.
AT&T’s premiere smartphone has done quite well for itself, but the small glitches here and there have been somewhat annoying. While we haven’t experienced any issues with the screen or the proximity sensor, we have noticed issues with the capacitive buttons. They will occasionally become “sticky,” turning the back button into a permanent task switcher or the forcing the home button to constantly pull up TellMe voice commands. The very short change long doesn’t mention these issues in particular, but we’re hoping they’re included in the “other minor adjustments and enhancements” category.
While this update (version 2175.1003.8112.12085) is only available for devices on AT&T, the Finnish manufacturer has promised not to forget the rest of the world. “We’ll be rolling out new updates and surprises in the near future to all Lumia 900 users, so stay tuned!”
Are you enjoying the fantastic Nokia Drive app on the Lumia 900, yet frustrated that that you can’t find a good spot to place your phone on the car dashboard? Enter ProClip’s mount for the Nokia Lumia 900. The company has been around for some time now, but its accessories for Nokia’s latest smartphone have only just hit the market.
These device mounts, designed to perfectly fit Nokia’s hit Windows Phone, will work with any of ProClip’s vehicle mounts. Combined, the two accessories make it easy to mount your smartphone without damaging the device or the vehicle.
Nearly all of the Windows Phone handset news has been centered around Nokia as of late, and for good reason. We haven’t received official sales numbers yet, but the recently released Nokia Lumia 900 appears to be doing quite well. AT&T has publicly stated that the device is selling better than expected, and it has been in and out of stock on the carrier’s website and Amazon Wireless. AT&T retail stores have also been low on stock, with sales associates claiming that it is “doing pretty fabulous” and ”selling like crazy.”
Some people believed that the Lumia 900s were temporarily pulled off of the shelves in order to fix the data bug, but this is not the case. In fact, Nokia’s data shows that most customers have opted to simply patch the device via a quick firmware update, which the Finnish manufacturer rapidly released last week. “The impact of customer swaps is insignificant,” said Nokia representative Karen Lachtanski. “We are producing more devices to satisfy demand as quickly as possible.”
From the looks of it, even Nokia was surprised by how fast the Lumia 900 has been flying off of the shelves. This is excellent news for the company, which is attempting to re-enter the US market, and Microsoft, which hopes to gain a larger hold of the market. The Lumia 900′s success should also have a positive impact on the OS as a whole, enticing even more developers to release their apps on the 80,000-strong Windows Phone Marketplace.
This, folks, is how you do customer service. Nokia has rolled out an update for the recently released Lumia 900 Windows Phone three days ahead of schedule, patching a few critical bugs. Most notably, the phone’s inability to access its data connection.
Nokia discovered the bug shortly after releasing the highly anticipated device in the US on Sunday. The company responded immediately by promising to deliver an update on April 16 and giving every Lumia 900 owner–both new and old–a $100 rebate, effectively dropping the price to $0 until April 21. This alone managed to garner a significant amount of goodwill with Nokia customers and win over many others.
The update, available now, can be applied to your device by simply connecting it to the Zune software client on PC (or the Windows Phone Connector for Mac) and following the on-screen prompts. The entire process, including backing up the phone’s data, took us about fifteen minutes.
The big question is whether AT&T had any involvement in the rollout of this update. Past updates have always had to be certified by the carrier, often resulting in long, annoying delays. But with such a quick turnaround, one has to wonder if AT&T had any involvement at all. Was it sped through certification due to the Lumia 900′s high-profile hero status on AT&T? Or was Nokia able to completely bypass the carrier? If the latter is the case, why aren’t more manufacturers doing this?
Regardless, the Finnish manufacturer deserves a massive amount of praise for turning what could have been a massive issue into one of the best customer service responses in recent memory. Well done, Nokia!
The Nokia Lumia 900 has been selling very well on AT&T, but a small number of customers have run into a bug where the phone loses its data connection. A temporary fix is already in place, but Nokia has decided to do right by customers and drop the price to free until it can deliver a fix on April 16.
This awesome deal is good for all customers—both new and old—until April 21, not just the limited number of users experiencing this issue. Those who have already purchased the Nokia Lumia 900 will be credited $100, while new customers will receive an immediate discount. The Lumia 900 was already a steal at just $99, so it doesn’t get much better than free. Those who need a fix right away can exchange their handset for an unaffected one.
The $100 credit is a great act of goodwill on Nokia’s part, since they’re basically giving the phone away for the next two weeks. I’m certainly pleased to have picked up my Nokia Lumia 900 for free—with the exception of an upgrade fee. Are you?
The beautiful Nokia Lumia 900 is manufactured from a single-piece injection-molded polycarbonate shell and features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display (CBD), 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, and a 1830mAh battery. Performance-wise, it can best nearly every device on the market. The 8MP Carl Zeiss camera takes fantastic photos, and the quality of the 1MP front-facing camera is astounding. The intuitive Windows Phone OS, support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and $99 price tag are just icing on the cake.
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