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[CNET]AT&T, Verizon test 4G LTE Nokia Lumia Phone

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A version of Nokia's Lumia 800 with 4G LTE is in labs at AT&T and Verizon right now.
(Credit: Nokia)

Behind the scenes, Nokia is making some headway with the big two carriers in the U.S.

The Finnish handset vendor, eager for a comeback, is testing a 4G LTE version of its Lumia 800 smartphone, CNET has learned. That's despite the fact that the Windows Phone operating system powering the Lumia doesn't yet officially support LTE.

The lack of LTE support has been seen as a critical issue for the U.S. carriers, which are increasingly focusing on 4G devices and services. As a result, anyone supporting Windows Phone, including Nokia, faces hurdles getting approval. But Nokia has been running a 4G LTE version of the Lumia 800 in an effort to get the ball rolling on carrier approval, according to several people familiar with the situation.

Carriers, however, test many devices, including some they have no plans to take to market, the people warned. Still, that Nokia is moving aggressively with the major carriers bodes well for its prospects in the U.S.

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney, and Nokia spokesman Keith Nowak all declined to comment.

Getting back into the U.S. market is an important component of Nokia's comeback plans. The former handset powerhouse is already scheduled to throw a press conference with T-Mobile USA on Wednesday. The announcement is widely expected to be the Lumia 710, the more budget-friendly, and lower-end, of its two offerings.

Although T-Mobile marks a step in the right direction, analysts believe Nokia will need to get the support of the big two carriers to have a real shot at the U.S. market.

VIA: CNET

Complete article at the Source...

If anyone is wondering how the Nokia Lumia is doing right now in terms of sales... have a look.

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Yep, I definitely want this and hope AT&T gets it.
post #2 of 8
What is so special with this phone? Looks like the old school Ipod Nano.
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Doesn't look anything like a nano, but that really isn't relevant. It's sick, and that's what matters. Hence the high sales.
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It's a gorgeous phone. I have no doubt that next year carrier subsidies will make this a very popular phone state side. Still, after considering mango for so long it's still not for me. Meego n9 instead. Miki would you consider spending the 700 usd now to get one from amazon or newegg - considering many are spending 750 on a nexus right now?
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What is so special with this phone? Looks like the old school Ipod Nano.

It's a great phone with amazing build quality and people are praising the design of it as well. Outside of the US (Of course) it's a popular phone.
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It's a gorgeous phone. I have no doubt that next year carrier subsidies will make this a very popular phone state side. Still, after considering mango for so long it's still not for me. Meego n9 instead. Miki would you consider spending the 700 usd now to get one from amazon or newegg - considering many are spending 750 on a nexus right now?

Windows Phone isn't for everyone, and there's nothing wrong with sticking to a more open platform instead. Personally, while I enjoy my Nexus S better than I did my iPhone(s), I am very interested in something completely different now. Windows Phone offers that.

I bought my Nexus S unlocked for almost $500 quite a while ago, because I have AT&T (no Nexus S) and I wanted a vanilla Android device. So I don't mind buying phones off contract. I was even tempted to buy the Galaxy SII, which was in the range you mentioned. (Now it's on AT&T and I could get it subsidized obviously)

That said, I wouldn't get it unless I learned for sure it isn't coming here. If there is one coming here, and it was going to be an LTE phone, I'd be dumb to buy one and only have 3G. >_<<br />
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I do admit with Windows Phone 7 it is a very polished operating system. Runs very smoothly as opposed with Android background applications and also with Nokia I have very high hopes for them.
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wooo this looks neat.

Wish they had it for the n9 when I ordered mine. But for the mango it's not really that different.
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