Nokia (NOK) on Tuesday announced the launch of its free music streaming service on the Lumia 710 and Lumia 900 in the United States. Nokia Music gives Lumia owners access to more than 1 million songs and more than 150 exclusive playlists that are kept up to date by an “expert team of US based musicologists.” The service is free of advertisements, requires no registration and playlists are even accessible offline. “The USA is the most vibrant and competitive digital music market in the world – by a wide margin. We have worked extra hard to ensure our service meets the expectations of the demanding, active and inspired music fans in the USA,” said Jyrki Rosenberg, Nokia’s VP of entertainment. “I would like to challenge everyone to try Nokia Music and see just how easy and enjoyable the service is to use.” Nokia is expected to announce new Lumia devices at a press conference on Wednesday and BGR will be covering the event live. The company’s press release follows below. More →
Nokia’s attempt to regain the traction in the mobile market is turning out to be more difficult than the company once thought. Four major wireless carriers in Europe have said that Nokia’s Lumia smartphones are “not good enough” to compete with Apple’s iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Nokia bet big on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform last year, however the gamble has yet to pay off according to the report. “No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone,” said an executive in charge of mobile devices at a European operator. The company is now playing catch up with Apple and Google after suffering a huge decline that hurt its image in the high-end market, and according to Reuters’s sources, Windows Phone might be making matters worse. “Nokia have given themselves a double challenge: to restore their credibility in terms of making hardware smartphones and succeed with the Microsoft Windows operating system, which lags in the market,” the executive said. “If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell.” More →
Nokia reportedly sold as many as 1.3 million of its new Windows Phone powered Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 smartphones in the last few months of. The sales figure was published by Bloomberg on Monday, which gathered its data from responses from 22 industry analysts. “The numbers look promising,” Storebrand Asset Management fund manager Espen Furnes said. “If Nokia is able to have a strong launch and surpass at least 1 million and keep that type of momentum, this would help put them in a credible position that is crucial to winning back investors.” AT&T will soon launch the latest flagship Windows Phone from Nokia, the Lumia 900, which was unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. The phone offers 4G LTE support and a slightly larger display than the Lumia 800, and it is expected to hit retail shelves in the U.S. in March. More →
Nokia’s first Windows Phone-powered smartphone to launch in the United States is already available for free on contract. Nokia and T-Mobile unveiled the Nokia Lumia 710 last month and confirmed that while the handset is certainly not a flagship device, it will play an important role for Nokia as it re-enters the U.S. market. The 710 can’t hold a candle to the Lumia 900 Nokia and AT&T will be launching in March, but at $50, the Lumia 710 is an excellent entry-level smartphone. And at $0 on contract, the price Walmart is currently asking from new customers, the 710 is an unbelievable value. BGR reviewed the Lumia 710 earlier this month and we thought the phone could indeed be a great tool for Nokia and T-Mobile as they tries to convert feature phone users into smartphone customers. More →
Nokia proved it was back in the smartphone game when it launched the Lumia 800 last year. But can its Lumia 710 gain the attention of U.S. consumers? Many would argue that Nokia should have decided to launch the Lumia 800 to make a bigger splash in a market that has long forgotten the Finnish smartphone maker. But the Lumia 710 is affordable — it only costs $50 with a new two-year contract — and it’s also powerful. It’s not as feature-rich as the Lumia 800, but can it still compete with other smartphones in its price range? My full review follows after the break.
Nokia on Wednesday announced its debut Windows Phone for the U.S. market: the Lumia 710. First unveiled in October, the Lumia 710 features impressive specs in a solid package that will be very affordable when it launches next month as a T-Mobile exclusive in the United States. The inclusion of HSPA 14.4 also means T-Mobile will bill the Lumia 710 as one of the first 4G Windows Phones, and we’re told that the smartphone will be prominently featured in T-Mobile stores as Nokia prepares to re-enter the U.S. market. Read on for more.More →
Component suppliers in Taiwan expect orders from Nokia to grow 20% in 2012 as demand for Nokia’s Lumia smartphones increases. DigiTimes cites unnamed industry sources from within Nokia’s supply chain in stating that the launch of Nokia’s first pair of Windows Phones — the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 — has helped foster growth at several parts suppliers in Taiwan. Magnesium-alloy chassis orders from Nokia helped Silitech’s revenue grow 7% to NT$1.34 billion last month, and circuit manufacturer Ichia’s revenue grew 61.6% year-over-year last month thanks in part to Nokia’s Lumia handsets. Nokia’s first two Windows Phones launched in a number of markets last month and the vendor is expected to announce the imminent launch of its Lumia 710 smartphone at T-Mobile USA at a press conference next week.
Fourth-quarter sales of Nokia’s new Lumia line of smartphones will reach 2 million units, Deutsche Bank reaffirmed this week. Nokia’s stock took a hit this week as a number of analysts cast a shadow on its debut Windows Phone-powered smartphones. Pacific Crest’s James Faucette cut his sales estimates this quarter from 2 million units to just 500,000, and Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu said the phones were too expensive and lacked innovation. Analysts at Deutshe Bank disagreed, however, reiterating earlier sales estimates of 2 million Lumia phones this quarter. No doubt bolstered by an Xbox promotion, Nokia announced earlier this week that its flagship Lumia 800 has been difficult to keep on store shelves in the United Kingdom. Nokia has not yet announced its plans for Windows Phone devices in the U.S., though the vendor is widely expected to launch its Lumia 800 and several additional models in the U.S. in early 2012. More →
Nokia’s new Windows Phone handsets are priced to sell, and some analysts are impressed with what they’ve seen so far. A team from Barclays Capital on Thursday said Nokia’s first round of Windows Phones aren’t quite as differentiated as they would have liked, but they are priced competitively. “We believe [Nokia’s] devices will be competitive in the marketplace from both hardware and pricing standpoints,” the Barclays team wrote in a note to investors. “Nokia in fact highlighted that pricing tariffs for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 will be one notch cheaper than the iPhone 4S across all launch markets.” Read on for more. More →
Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph sat down with Nokia product boss Jo Harlow during the Nokia World conference this week to get her take on the Finnish vendor’s first two Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800. Rudolph and Harlow had a great chat, but the meat of the interview certainly hits toward the end. When asked why a consumer would buy Nokia’s new high-end smartphone over the competition, Harlow didn’t mince words. “Yeah, the iPhone is simple to use. IPhone has a beautiful design. [The Nokia Lumia 800] is a gorgeous design, but the integration of the UI sets this apart. It is by far the best experience.” Read on for more. More →
Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop took the stage at Nokia World on Tuesday and unveiled the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, the company’s first Windows Phone devices. Unfortunately, however, the Finnish phone maker said neither phone will land in the United States this year. Instead, U.S. residents will have to wait until “early 2012″ for Nokia to introduce a “portfolio of products” for the U.S. The comments don’t completely rule out the possibility that we’ll see a version of the Lumia 800 device for the U.S., but it is a bit disappointing to learn Nokia won’t have a Windows Phone option here in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Elop confirmed Nokia will launch CDMA and LTE devices for “specific local market requirements.” An LTE Nokia Windows Phone? Perhaps that justifies the wait after all. More →
Nokia on Tuesday unveiled its first two Windows Phones, a sleek high-end smartphone dubbed Lumia 800 and an affordable model called the Lumia 710. The latter is a mid-level handset that will retail for €270 abroad before taxes and subsidies. While it doesn’t have the sleek unibody architecture of the 800, it certainly packs a fair amount of bang for the buck. Starting things off, the Lumia 710 features a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor that makes navigating the UI a fantastic experience. That’s right, a €270 smartphone with a 1.4GHz Snapdragon. Read on for more and be sure to check out our hands-on gallery below.More →
During Nokia World in London on Wednesday, Nokia unveiled two of the company’s Windows Phone smartphones, including the Nokia Lumia 800 and the slightly less powerful Nokia Lumia 710. The Lumia 710, originally codenamed “Sabre,” is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 1,300mAh battery. Nokia said that a “portfolio of products” would eventually be available in the United States next year but that the Lumia 710 will first launch in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of the year for €270 unsubsidized. We’ll be bringing you a hands-on with the Lumia 710 as well as the Lumia 800 later in the day.