Nokia seeking to make Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920 with 4G LTE exclusive to Everything Everywhere in UK
September 10, 2012 at 03:58 GMT | By John Williams
The Financial Times is reporting that Nokia in talks with Everything Everywhere to launch an LTE Windows Phone in the UK. Everything Everywhere owns both Orange and T-Mobile UK and has just been granted permission offer 4G LTE. However, the mobile retail giant seems to have one eye on the iPhone as they have sent out invites to its Brand New event, which will be on September 11, the evening before the iPhone 5 launches.
Supposing a deal could be reached between Nokia and EE over the exclusivity of the recently announced Nokia Lumia 920, this will would represent a major coup for Nokia as it may see it's flagship device receive a lot of publicity through EE's LTE launch. This again will be first for Nokia as they are not known for going for carrier-exclusive partnerships in the UK.
The move could be detrimental to Nokia as it would mean their flagship device would not be available to more that 60% of the UK's smartphone users essentially in 02, Vodafone, Three and Virgin customers.
Nokia need to take a leaf out their competition if they have any intentions of catching up to them. The iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy SIII are both available across the board. Also, the way Nokia continues to announce devices months before they are actually made available for purchase is confusing at the very least.
What do you think? Are these carrier-exclusive deals a good idea or not? Let us know below.
SOURCE: Financial Times
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