AT&T Working on Deal to Carry Nokia Windows Phones
by, 11-19-2011 at 02:54 AM (722 Views)
Nokia's Windows Phone-based devices could land on AT&T here in the states, an AT&T exec said this week.
AT&T is currently working out a deal with Nokia to start selling Windows-based devices, said Glenn Lurie, head of AT&T's tablets division, according to Bloomberg.
"We look at every promotional period separately and decide what we're going to spend our dollars on and what we're going to put our efforts in," Lurie told Bloomberg during a conference in Barcelona. "But nothing to announce there on that yet."
Nokia announced its first two Windows Phones in London last month—the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 (left)—but neither are coming to the United States. Instead, Nokia is preparing "custom" devices for U.S. carriers.
During the October CTIA trade show in San Diego, Nokia's president for the Americas, Chris Weber, told PCMag that the company is trying to bring Windows Phones to several U.S. carriers.
"Take your favorite carrier, and we'll focus on them," Weber said. "We're focused on the operators we think we can have the most success on … a broad set of operators is what we're focused on."
Weber didn't rule out CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon, even though Nokia hasn't made smartphones for CDMA radio networks since 2005.
While at Nokia World, meanwhile, PCMag's Sascha Segan found that signs pointed to Nokia's new Windows Phones arriving on Verizon, although neither Nokia nor Verizon would confirm.
For more, see PCMag's Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 and the slideshow below.