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To: uaim2please who wrote (6875)12/7/2011 11:19:28 AM
From: masa2
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"It seems either iPhone fever is fading or the Nokia tsunami growing, as the Lumia 800 has now passed the iPhone 4s (black) to read the top of the list. KPN is the largest mobile operator in the Netherlands, making it a good sign for Nokia"

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From: slacker71112/8/2011 10:41:50 AM
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Elop speaking now.

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To: slacker711 who wrote (6877)12/8/2011 11:23:45 AM
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No updates on Lumia sales. Just talked about trends and customer satisfaction. The customer satisfaction numbers sound fairly good but the comments on sales sounded pretty lukewarm to me.

FWIW, T-Mobile is likely to announce the first Lumia handsets for the US on the 14th.


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To: slacker711 who wrote (6878)12/8/2011 3:30:06 PM
From: Brian Sullivan
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Component orders from Nokia to grow 20% in 2012 on strong Lumia demand

By: Zach Epstein | Dec 8th, 2011 at 03:15PM
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Filed Under: Business, Mobile, Rumors


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.

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To: Eric L who wrote (6869)12/8/2011 3:31:32 PM
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To: slacker711 who wrote (6878)12/8/2011 8:50:35 PM
From: Eric L
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A T-Mobile Nokia WinPhone Launch?

Hi Slacker,

Thanks for reminding me (us) that Stephen Elop presented at the Barclays Global Tech Conference this morning and the audiocast was available. He is a darned effective communicator especially when compared with his immediate predecessor.

<< FWIW, T-Mobile is likely to announce the first Lumia handsets for the US on the 14th >>

Most likely they'll announce the FCC approved (with T-Mobile manual submitted by Nokia, San Diego) Lumia 710 which has been on the Nokia USA website for several weeks. It is the only WinPhone there ...

21o.t6.sl.pt

... and it is also the only Nokia WinPhone that is FCC certified to date, at least that we are aware of.

Unlike the several Nokia Symbian ^3 smartphones that are FCC certified and distributed SIM free and carrier unlocked in the US by 3rd parties like Amazon or Expnsys, the Qualcomm powered Lumia 710 is not a pentaband 3G device. The certified device is quadband GSM850/9000/1800/1900 and triband WCDMA/HSPA for bands I/II/IV 1900/1700/850 (so no 3GSM European roaming with the device, only 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE there), as well as WLAN & Blueeooth PLAN radios..

>> Nokia and ZTE to Add to US Smartphone Choices

T-Mobile looks set to launch the Lumia 710, while Chinese vendor is in talks with tier one carriers for LTE phones

Caroline Gabriel
Rethink Wireless
8 December, 2011

rethink-wireless.com

US consumers have long complained of their limited smartphone choices compared to their peers in Europe and Asia, but recently the situation has changed and a host of vendors are chasing the country's mobile data boom. Two new choices set to hit US shores early in the new year - the first Nokia WP7 handset, tipped to launch at T-Mobile USA next week, and a high end new range promised for the first quarter of 2012 by ZTE.

Nokia and TMo have sent out invitations to a media event to be held on Wednesday in New York City, promising "something exciting in the works", and using a design similar to that of WP7's distinctive tiles. The obvious conclusion is that the fourth US cellco is to be the first to offer Nokia's new Lumia flagships, which are already available in some European and other territories. It is vital for the Finnish vendor to make an impact in north America, where it has never thrived, and this was one of the motives for adopting a Microsoft OS rather than sticking with Symbian, which was virtually invisible in the US.

The handset maker would certainly have hoped for a launch with the larger AT&T, which has usually been the most favourable US cellco to its products, but TMo has a track record of taking a risk on new platforms - as it did when Android was new - thereby giving them a foothold and the hopes of netting the big two carriers later. Verizon Wireless indicated recently that it was in talks with Nokia for Lumia, but is likely to wait for an LTE version, having said this would be important to raise WP7's profile. Verizon will insist on support for its 4G network in most of the high end handsets it launches next year.

According to a report on the WPCentral blog, based on FCC documents related to device testing, T-Mobile will launch the midrange Lumia 710 first. This would indicate Nokia testing the US waters with a standard model, though it has pledged specifically tweaked devices for different US cellcos next year. These may well appear at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.

Meanwhile, ZTE remains largely a vendor of featurephones and carrier branded handsets, but is expanding its business in smartphones and is promising a big assault on the US market next year. It may even get its first LTE handsets to the shelves before Apple or RIM, expecting to launch 4G models before midyear, according to Lixin Cheng, president of the company's north American region. "By 2015, we expect the US to be the largest market for handsets for ZTE," he told The Wall Street Journal, adding that the firm was in talks with all four national carriers about a high end Android or WP7 offering.

"With a similar feature set to the iPhone, ZTE can offer an alternative," Cheng said, particularly in supporting lower prices and subsidies. So far, ZTE's midmarket smartphones have only found their way to tier two US operators such as MetroPCS. Worldwide, the company shipped 18.5m handsets in the third quarter, to take fourth place in the OEM rankings.

>> First Nokia Windows Phone for US may be revealed Dec 14

Invites sent out for possible unveiling of the Lumia 710 aka Sword

Mark Jones
Rethink Wireless
8 December, 2011

rethink-wireless.com

Apart from the odd rumour details of when the first Windows Phone from Nokia is arriving in the US have been kept firmly under wraps. It looks like this could change as invites have been sent out to an event hosted by Nokia and T-Mobile which promises to deliver some Mango flavoured Christmas cheer. The invite, with a design similar to Microsoft's tiled interface, informs recipients that Nokia and T-Mobile have "something exciting in the works" which is going to be revealed December 14.

There's no hint to what the device may be but TmoNews suggests that the Lumia 710 is a safe bet. The handset has already appeared on Nokia's site in the US and was seen passing through the FCC last month with approval for T-Mobile's AWS bands, as good evidence as any that the 710 is on its way. Previously it's been said that T-Mobile was prepping for a January reveal of the handset which will be renamed the Sword and is apparently going to be available in black and white, despite being advertised in a range of colours.

It may not look as impressive as the elegantly designed Lumia 800 but internally the specs aren't that different. Underneath a 3.7" display there's a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's no front-facing camera but it does have a 5mp snapper on the rear.

Currently the carrier's only Windows Phone is the mid-range HTC Radar 4G which costs $99.99 on a two-year contract. The Lumia 710 will definitely be a welcome addition to the carrier's lineup but there's no indication of how much it will cost.

Aside from the Lumia 710 recent rumours claim that a high end Nokia handset running Windows Phone will be released in the US early in 2012 by AT&T. Prime candidate to be this device is the Lumia 900 which made its debut in an official Nokia promotional video last month. ###

>> Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone comes to T-Mobile USA

Ed Oswald
BetaNews
8 December, 2011

betanews.com

T-Mobile is the first stop in the United States for Nokia's Windows Phone line, as a Federal Communications Commission filing and an invite sent to the media confirm the nation's fourth largest carrier plans to bring the Lumia 710 to its network. The FCC filing can be seen here ...

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The 710 sports a 3.7-inch screen and 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor with 512MB of RAM. It has 8GB of on-board storage and integrated 5-megapixel digital camera. Nokia produces GSM and WCDMA models, running Windows Phone 7.5.

The Finnish handset maker debuted the Lumia 710 along with the higher-end Lumia 800 at a press event in October. At the time, Nokia announced no US carrier partners. The 710's proposed manual filed with the FCC clearly shows a T-Mobile logo on the phone, which jives with other information uncovered this week.

Both companies are sending invitations for a joint event to be held in New York on December 14. The layout of the invite itself is reminiscent of Windows Phone's tiled interface, which suggests they are preparing to officially launch the Lumia here.

Pricing is unknown, nor whether the Lumia 800 is headed to the carrier: so far the required filings with the FCC have not yet appeared. ###

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To: masa2 who wrote (6876)12/10/2011 5:46:44 PM
From: uaim2please
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Thats great. When I read where Nokia opens a store in China and it has 100k visitors the first weekend like Apple did I will be thrilled! Nokia is really late to the game to overcome the apple tsunami.

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From: nicmar12/15/2011 10:45:14 AM
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Nokia shareprice now at $4.90. Has to be a great time to buy. .. nic

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From: Eric L12/15/2011 4:09:51 PM
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Rolling Thunder: Nokia's 1st US WinPhone Launch ...

... and their US reentry under Chris Weber.

>> T-Mobile brings Nokia Lumia 710 to the U.S.

Nokia and T-Mobile deliver a leading entry-level Windows Phone experience to the nearly 150 million Americans still to make the transition to smartphones.

Nokia and T-Mobile USA Press Release
Bellevue, WA and Sunnyvale, CA USA
December 14, 2011

press.nokia.com

T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Nokia today announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia in the United States. Targeted at the nearly 150 million Americans who haven't purchased their first smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 710, capable of running on T-Mobile's 4G network, delivers high-performance hardware, Nokia's best social and Internet experience, and access to popular smartphone applications and services from Windows Phone Marketplace.

Running on America's Largest 4G Network(TM), the Nokia Lumia 710 benefits from the unique people-first approach of Windows Phone, bringing together all interactions with family and friends in People Hub. The Nokia Lumia 710 also provides one-click access to popular services, such as Netflix, T-Mobile TV with mobile HD¹ and a leading mobile Web experience with Internet Explorer® Mobile, Bing(TM) Search with voice activation and Local Scout for locally relevant search results. The smartphone also brings access to signature Nokia experiences, such as Nokia Drive for voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and ESPN for exclusive sports content.

¹ Mobile HD TV can deliver a bit rate of 800kbps and 16:9 resolution; the bit rate and resolution you experience will vary based on many factors, e.g., programming, network connection and device.

"We're excited to team with Nokia in bringing its first Windows Phone to the U.S. with the elegantly designed Nokia Lumia 710," said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. "Windows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends. We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012."

"Our research shows nearly everybody in the U.S. wants a smartphone, but many believe they can't afford it," Brodman said. "That's where T-Mobile shines. Our Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans make it more affordable than ever to step up to mobile data on our 4G network."

"The Nokia Lumia 710 is the perfect first-time smartphone: a well-designed product that delivers the most compelling Windows Phone experience in its price range and with access to great content and thousands of applications," said Chris Weber, president, Nokia Americas. "This is the perfect first Nokia Lumia experience and the start of our re-entry into the U.S. smartphone market."

Available in a black or white finish, the Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA scratch-resistant display for outstanding outdoor viewing and a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragon(TM) processor providing speedy access to entertainment and information on-the-go. It also features a 5-megapixel camera with Nokia's leading camera technology, enabling people to take pictures in almost any light condition and share on social networks in seconds. With the most integrated work-life solution of any mobile platform via the Windows Phone Office Hub and an interactive mobile gaming experience via Xbox LIVE®, the Nokia Lumia 710 is the complete all-round first-time smartphone experience.

Availability: The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide, and online at t-mobile.com starting Jan. 11. The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to cost USD 49.99 after a USD 50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. For more information, visit t-mobile.com.

For more information on T-Mobile's Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans, see:

family.t-mobile.com

About T-Mobile USA: Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third quarter of 2011, approximately 129 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group - 33.7 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA's wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit t-mobile.com

T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit telekom.de.

About Nokia: Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. ###

>> Q.&A: Nokia and T-Mobile Executives Talk About Windows Phone

Brian X. Chen
The New York Times | Bits
December 15, 2011

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The struggling phone maker Nokia announced on Thursday that it had teamed up with T-Mobile USA to offer a new phone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software. Landing in stores Jan. 11, the Lumia 710 will cost $50 with a two-year contract on T-Mobile, with rates starting at $50 a month. Chris Weber, president of Nokia Americas, and Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing for T-Mobile USA, discussed the strategy behind the phone in an interview.

Both companies have challenges ahead. Nokia is trying to regain relevance in the mobile market, hence the partnership with Microsoft. And T-Mobile USA has been positioning itself to be acquired by AT&T. The two men were asked how their companies were going to help each other during this transition period.

Mr. Sherrard: We have a really deep partnership, and on the Nokia Lumia 710 we basically aligned on the target we’re going after — first-time smartphone users — and we’ve aligned on the marketing of the plan. We’re speaking with one voice so that one plus one equals three. Everything from our above-the-line campaign with TV, digital and in the store is really going to scream a great experience for first-time smartphone users.

Mr. Weber: I’d say three simple things: best product, best price, and best partner. If you just think about the first-time smartphone buyer, there’s 150 million feature-phone users in the U.S. You take all the smartphone users added up and it’s significantly less than 150 million, so it is the green-field opportunity. What better partner than T-Mobile to target there? We’ve got great hardware, great specs, and great rates. We have the best turn-by-turn navigation app, Drive, for free, and exclusive content through the ESPN app. We wrap the phone with a concierge service, so you can talk to a live customer care representative whenever you want. We want to delight consumers with this device, and we have a great value proposition for them.

Q: What is Nokia doing to attract software programmers to Windows Phone 7?

Mr. Weber: We’re working in conjunction with Microsoft to make sure the application marketplace for Windows Phone grows. You can look at the trajectory since Feb. 11 when we announced the partnership with Microsoft. It’s a nice hockey stick in terms of the number of apps — they just surpassed 40,000 apps, so we’re making very good progress there.

Q:How are you competing with Android and the iPhone?

Mr. Sherrard: T-Mobile has a good Android business. This phone is going to be added to their business. Its sweet spot is first-time smartphone buyers — feature-phone users, not current Android users — and I think we have a great value proposition in the monthly price point from T-Mobile. Also, the ease of use with Windows Phone software, we think, is really compelling. If you take these competing platforms, and if I show you the standard demo with communications, social, search and those types of things, you have to download six-plus applications on competing platforms, whereas on the Windows Phone that experience is integrated in a seamless way. We think that creates a better, more delightful experience for consumers.

Mr. Weber: From Nokia’s perspective we want to expand our Windows portfolio because it addresses really well the first-time smartphone buyers. It addresses the complexity issue. A lot of people haven’t tried a smartphone because they think it’s going to be too much work. And the Windows Phone experience is simpler and a little more curated.

Q: How does Nokia’s relationship with Microsoft affect the Windows Phone platform? So far the platform hasn’t been successful with LG or Samsung, for example.

Mr. Weber: We have a deep partnership, from the engineering level to the sales and marketing side of things. We feel well connected and well supported, and we think we’ll be able to help shape that platform. I think Windows Phone software is some of the best software Microsoft has ever done. I think one of the opportunities we have at Nokia is to be able to tell that story on marketing, on why it’s better or unique. To date, those other O.E.M.’s [phone makers] haven’t represented the software as well as they could.

Q: There have been stories about sales employees in AT&T and Verizon stores refusing to sell Windows Phone devices to customers. What’s it going to be like in T-Mobile stores?

Mr. Sherrard: We are doing incredible levels of training. Nokia is helping us drive a lot of seeding of devices, and we’re also going to make it a focus for us. In January and February this is going to be the centerpiece of our marketing, and in our stores. It’s going to be an important goal for our sales force to drive. We’ve had a history of launching new platforms and doing it well. ###

>> Nokia Re-Enters U.S. With $50 Smartphone

Ina Fried
The Wall Street Journal | All Things Digital

online.wsj.com

Nokia Corp. is getting back into the U.S. smartphone business with an entry-level model powered by Microsoft Corp.'s latest Windows software and sold by T-Mobile USA.

The Lumia 710, one of two models that Nokia has launched in Europe, is slated to go on sale Jan. 11 for $50 after a rebate and a two-year contract. The Lumia 710 retails for €270 ($351) in Europe [unsubsidized and SIM-free].

Choosing to launch with that model, rather than the higher-end Lumia 800, means that Nokia could appeal to more cost-conscious shoppers. However, it also means that consumers' first look at the new Nokia won't be of the company's

"It's the right space to launch our first Windows phone in the U.S.," Nokia U.S. President Chris Weber said in an interview. "It is the greenfield for us."

Playing in the company's favor, Mr. Weber said, is the fact that Nokia will launch the phones after the busy holiday period when there's not as much competition. Nokia plans to launch the product with a significant amount of advertising, including TV spots.

As for the Lumia 710, it comes in mostly white or basic black and features, a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm Inc. processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 3.7-inch screen. The Nokia phones, which run Microsoft's latest Mango software, also come with turn-by-turn navigation built in as well as an ESPN app that is unique to Nokia's Windows phones.

The Lumia 710 marks T-Mobile's second phone powered by Mango, joining the $99 HTC Radar, which is already on sale.

"We think Windows is a great addition to the lineup," said T-Mobile Senior Vice President Andrew Sherrard. "It's a strategic bet for us."

Nokia and T-Mobile have a long history together, but its most recent U.S. smartphone effort, the March launch of the Astound, a rebranded phone using Nokia's Symbian operating system that was met with disappointing sales..

In an August interview with AllThingsD, Mr. Weber said that Nokia would no longer sell Symbian phones [directly] in the U.S., focusing entirely on its Windows Phone efforts. ###

>> Nokia eyes CES for 'Rolling Thunder' relaunch into the US

Thomas Ricker
The Verge
December 15, 2011

theverge.com

Although the Lumia 710 just launched on T-Mobile yesterday, Nokia's big push into the US market won't begin until CES kicks off in January. Chris Weber, President of Nokia North America, calls the 710 launch "Day 1 of Rolling Thunder," in reference to Nokia's internal name for its Windows Phone rollout in the US. "We will be launching a portfolio of devices in the U.S. across a range of price points, user experience and operators," says the former Microsoft employee brought into Nokia in February by another former Microsoftie, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Weber noted that CES was the focal point for Nokia's big coming out party, "We’ll have a very large presence and it’ll be clear that Nokia is back in a quite strong way in the US." Ten years ago Nokia held a 35 percent share of the US cellphone market, now it's near zero.

Stephen Elop told us in October that Nokia would launch a "portfolio of products" into the US in early 2012. We've also heard rumblings that Nokia and AT&T were working together on an LTE handset. Later CNET chimed in with support as well as additional information about a Verizon LTE device. All told, we're expecting to see a new Nokia flagship launch at CES with LTE and a display almost certainly pushing north of 4 inches. Anything less from Rolling Thunder will elicit polite golf claps from a US consumer base that has completely ignored Nokia's device portfolio since the iPhone launched back in 2007. ###

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To: uaim2please who wrote (6882)12/16/2011 2:11:59 PM
From: masa2
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> When I read where Nokia opens a store in China and it has 100k visitors the first
> weekend like Apple did I will be thrilled!

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