Microsoft is getting aggressive about putting more Windows Mobile phones in people’s hands. One of the flagship models, the Nokia Lumia 710, will be available from T-Mobile by January.
Nokia, a popular mobile developer among American wireless phone customers, has been making smartphones for some time using its own Symbian system. However, as sales lagged, Nokia decided to drop Symbian-based phones and pick up Windows Mobile. The first Windows-based Nokia smartphone is due to arrive in January in the U.S., according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lumia 710 will be available at T-Mobile stores nationwide and online. The phone is meant as a solid entry-level Windows smartphone ahead of further models such as the Lumia 800, according to PC Magazine.
The phone will be capable of running at 4G speeds. It comes with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, a 1.4 GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera. It comes with 8 gigabytes of memory, but according to Nokia’s website, it is not expandable via microSD. The phone is slated to cost $49.99 after a mail-in rebate of $50. Just like any other smartphone, that is with a two-year contract and mandatory data plan.
Others may be awaiting the release of the Nokia 800 which, according to PC Magazine, has the same dimensions but features an AMOLED screen and different buttons. The 800 also, according to Nokia UK, has an 8 megapixel camera, 16 GB of non-expandable memory and shares the same processor as the 710. However, the processor is ample. A release date for the 800 is not confirmed, but that is definitely the performance model of the two.
Various outlets, such as CNET and PC Magazine, have some criticisms of the phone. Both point out that T-Mobile is the smallest of the four major carriers. According to CNET, 186,000 customers migrated away from T-Mobile in the third quarter of this year. Though releasing an entry-level phone is a great strategy, it may not attract too many among the techie crowd, who need something with some real punch to entice them. The 800 would fit that bill, but it isn’t known when it’s coming to the United States.
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