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AT&T to be exclusive carrier of the Nokia Lumia 1520 in the U.S.

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Nokia(s nok) has become synonymous with Windows Phone(s msft) worldwide, and, to a lesser extent, with AT&T(s t) in the U.S. To that end, Nokia’s newly announced 6-inch Lumia 1520 Windows Phone “phablet” will be available in the U.S. exclusively through AT&T.

This isn’t really surprising. The bulk of Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone devices, like the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 920, have been AT&T exclusives. Midrange phones such as the Lumia 521 have landed on carriers like T-Mobile, as have higher end variants like the Lumia 925. But AT&T is clearly Nokia’s carrier of choice in the U.S. Unfortunately, that means if you were hoping for a Windows Phone phablet on any of the other major carriers, you’ll have to continue waiting for now.

AT&T announced that it will also carry the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, though that will also be available from other venues as well. AT&T release dates and official pricing haven’t been announced for either device yet, Nokia says the Lumia 1520 will cost $749 unsubsidized, which makes it likely to see an on-contract price of $299. The Lumia 2520, meanwhile, is said to start at $499.

8 Responses to “AT&T to be exclusive carrier of the Nokia Lumia 1520 in the U.S.”

  1. This is sheer idiocy, they FINALLY are building phones that people want and then they use a go-to-market strategy that ensure people who want the phone and would by the phone wont if they dont want to switch carriers. Elop should be fired, what type of business that is fighting to get market share openly snubs and says FU to the people that want to buy their phones … and for what, so they can whore to AT&T? How does that help windows phone market share? Sheer idiocy, I really want a new windows phone over android or apple but I wont do this, I am not changing my carrier, and I am so mad at msft for putting their customers dead last … and yes, I do have a still-new WP7 that I cant upgrade. Why the F is msft trying to scare off the customers that have been and continue to want to be loyal.

  2. hey, microsoft and nokia. what is wrong with you? this is your opportunity to shine. many people are waiting for this windows phone for long time. make available for all Carriers. i have samsung galaxy s4 and i am willing to make the change.

  3. Stephen_Elop_Is_Insane

    Great, another f*$#ing AT&T exclusive

    Stephen Elop’s five step program for success:

    Step 1.) remove gun from holster, Step 2.) point at foot, Step 3.) pull trigger, Step 5.) profit!
    What’s step 4 you ask? Good question.