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September 28, 2012
**Editor’s note: Please click here for our list of August’s hottest selling smartphones to see how the Lumia 900 stacked up against the competition.**
The Lumia 900 Nokia’s Windows-based flagship smartphone aimed at both the business user and the general consumer went on sale for just $100 as an AT&T exclusive in April. With Windows 8 devices pending from the Finland-based handset manufacturer, the Lumia 900 just got a price cut down to $50 if you sign a new, two-year service agreement.
The initial $100 price tag was considered a serious bargain for a phone and an operating system that many considered to be on par (or at least close to on par) with the iPhone and Android phones that sell for twice or three times as much. But despite having some success with sales at launch, Nokia once the biggest global name in cellphones has been unable to develop much momentum. The Lumia 900 quickly fell out of the top three biggest monthly sellers at AT&T and hasn’t recovered. A handful of other Lumia phones have had similar mediocre results.
Windows 8 the latest Microsoft mobile update will be featured on new Nokia phones before the year is out, but the phone giant and the wireless carriers that will offer the devices face another uphill battle: Older Lumia models will not be fully compatible with the new software, sure to cause some consternation among users. Maybe the price cut will help them garner new customers who aren’t so concerned about keeping up with the very latest in technology.
Nokia has been searching for a way back into the hearts of the millions upon millions of cellphone users around the world. Once dominant in feature phones, the company was left behind when it failed to respond quickly enough to the threat from Apple and Android manufacturers several years ago.
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Editorial Director, Channel Futures
Craig Galbraith is the editorial director for Channel Futures and Channel Partners, joining the team in 2008. Before that, he spent more than 11 years as an anchor, reporter and managing editor in television newsrooms in North Dakota and Washington state. Craig is a proud Husky, having graduated from the University of Washington. He makes his home in the Phoenix area.
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