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The plan is to pull out of the consumer market and go enterprise only, They may have already done this. I haven't been following closely, but I have friends that are still given brand new blackberries for work phones. They actually look nice, I miss my crackberry.
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Wow, I originally wanted windows phone but later decided I wanted more freedom the kind you get from a linux based OS such as android tongue.gif

More freedom...

like when your carrier says that your phone will be available for the next big Android update...

then when that update hits they say "sorry your phone won't be supported, but we will give you a $50 trade in credit"?

They can keep that freedom, I'll stick with Nokia.

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I bought 2 Lumia 520s for Christmas for my parents. Amazon had them on sale for $39.99 with free shipping.
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I bought a 1520 during black Friday weekend. The Microsoft Store was offering it for $99 with $70 in apps and a free case...and ATT gave me $100 back. I switched from a Note 2. The phone is very nice - it does have some features I miss: a file manager, bluetooth apps that sync appropriately to my accessories (Fitbit Force and my Mercedes COMAND united also reads texts...which the 1520 apparently doesn't directly support due to limited MAP bluetooth software capabilities?). Also the browser has some things getting used to: no forward button and an inconsistent back button, using 'recent' is what is recommended. One other area of weakness is voice-texting/emailing...OMG it's terrible. While the recognition itself is super, it has no ability to translate grammar and punctuation. Telling the voice assistant 'comma' results in it spelling 'comma' out. Highly frustrating! Microsoft as also disabled downloads from the store greater than 50mb, I believe, when not using wifi...with no way to disable it. And the last area is the lack of a voice assistant. I've grown to enjoy Google Now and Siri, when I had an iPhone. Other than that the interface is far sleeker than android and much more modern than iOS. Apps load much quicker, the display is stunning, reading documents on it is a delight - it is far faster scrolling through word and pdf documents than my note 2 could ever dream of. There is virtually no instance of lag using anything on the phone. It's just a little too locked down for my tastes.I'm hoping with the newly released updates, growth in markets, and cortana will give it the boost it sorely needs. With those additions, I truly think it will be a substantially enticing alternative to iOS and Android.
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I thought Blackberry was dead? confused.gif

Realistically though, there's only 3 "major" players in the smartphone field. How they can claim their way to fame in the top 3, when there was only those 3 to begin with (honestly......), is beyond me.

To begin with? Blackberry might be 'dead' now, but they were far from it a few years ago. I will say this, Microsoft missed a gigantic opportunity to innovate the mobile segment. Windows mobile 6.5, imo, had alot going for it when the original iPhone came out. Microsoft squandered so much of their lead over the next 4 years, that by 2011, windows mobile was irrelevant. The major players were iOS, Blackberry, WinMo, and Palm in 2008; iOS, Blackberry, Android in 2009-2011, iOS and Android have led the pack since 2011, with Blackberry, up until 2013, being clearly utilized as a niche business product and fading into obscurity. Many analysts are saying Windows Phone may overtake Apple in world wide units at some point to become the second leading OS. I still think iOS is the most refined and polished experience with substantially less fragmentation, but there are so many things I dislike about iOS (locked down, gimmicks that limited previous users when hardware clearly supports the feature - see Siri for iPhone 4s and not 4, little to no new practical innovation year after year, etc...). However, if windows can become a just as refined, less locked down but super sleek viable alternative, I'm all for it!
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post #26 of 31
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More freedom...

like when your carrier says that your phone will be available for the next big Android update...

then when that update hits they say "sorry your phone won't be supported, but we will give you a $50 trade in credit"?

They can keep that freedom, I'll stick with Nokia.

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Or just put a custom ROM on it. It's really not hard at all.

A friend still uses my 4 year old Galaxy S which is running Jellybean now.
post #27 of 31
My whole family was moved a couple of months ago to Lumia's, two on the 920 and two on the 925. Plus my best friend converted his whole family last month, got six 920s.
post #28 of 31
I bought my family 3 Lumia 520s and myself a Nexus 5 to move to Tmobile. Never been happier with the new bill and everyone likes their phones.
post #29 of 31
The act of actually selling a Windows Phone is a record.
post #30 of 31
After working for a company that repaired Windows phones, I would NEVER own one. They have so many problems... It's almost silly.

Can't understand the "hype".

I asked my manager if I could take one of the Windows phones that was in the scrap pile to give to my gf, and I got the okay. Had to fix it up, but seems to work fine now. She seems to like it, although there are almost no apps for it, and the ones that do exist are not very good. Windows phone development seems to be kind of non-existent.
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