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MasterCard gives PayPass blessings to HTC One X, 16 other NFC phones

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

ImageMasterCard is widening the universe of phones that officially support PayPass in a big way, with a new MasterCard PayPass Ready program certifying that devices with NFC will play nicely with its mobile payment system. A total of 17 phones are part of the first wave getting the official A-OK. Some of these are known quantities already using PayPass, like the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+, but others are new to the PayPass ways. Among the picks are the HTC One X, Intel’s smartphone reference device and the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC. A raft of BlackBerrys and lower-end Samsung Galaxy phones are likewise in the fray. While only a handful of these might ever work with Google Wallet or other US-focused NFC payment methods, you can check out the full roster in the release after the break.

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Apple co-founder picks Windows Phone over Android

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak picks Windows Phone

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 and thus far has had nothing but a pleasant experience with the device. The folks over at aNewDomain.net caught up with “the Woz” and spoke to him about his opinion on the Windows Phone platform. “Just for looks and beauty I definitely favor the Windows Phone over Android,” he said. Wozniak called the operating system “intuitive and beautiful,” and said it makes him feel as if he is “with a friend not a tool.” He also noted that apps on the Lumia look “more beautiful than on Android or iPhone.” Despite his praise, Woz maintains that the iPhone is still his favorite smartphone. The co-founder isn’t shy about his opinions and has previously stated that in many ways Android had lept ahead of Apple and the iPhone

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Nokia’s Lumia Is Selling Well in the US—But Nowhere Else [Nokia]

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

European carriers say Lumia phones can’t compete with iPhone and Android

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

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.”

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Canada’s WIND Mobile lists Nokia Lumia 710, says it’s coming soon

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Canada's WIND Mobile lists Nokia Lumia 710, says it's coming soon

It’s now been a few months since we first laid our eager palms on Nokia’s Lumia 710, and although it isn’t getting any younger, some carriers are still adding the device to their lineup. We’d previously seen Rogers land the entry-level 710 as an exclusive in Canada, but now it’s looking like the deal’s expiring and WIND Mobile’s ready to give its users a taste of the Mango-flavored handset. So far, WIND’s keeping deets to a minimum, with the site only listing the device as “coming soon.” One thing we do know, however, is that specs-wise it’s likely to be a clone of any other network’s variant. Needless to say, WIND may have to match, if not best, Rogers’ prices in order to attract a new breed of customers to its white and orange shop. While you wait for the rest of the info to spill, you can always give those free Nokia covers a gander and decide which one you’re snagging when the time’s right.

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Lumia 610: Windows Phone Finally Scores Its First NFC Handset [Video]

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Nokia’s having a bit of a rough go with its launch of the beautiful Lumia 900. But today it launched the new, NFC-packing Lumia 610 at WIMA, and it’ll have support from Visa and MasterCard when it gets here. More »


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Lumia 610: Windows Phone Finally Scores Its First NFC Handset [Video]

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Nokia’s having a bit of a rough go with its launch of the beautiful Lumia 900. But today it launched the new, NFC-packing Lumia 610 at WIMA, and it’ll have support from Visa and MasterCard when it gets here. More »


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Nokia appeases angry mob, gains life-long loyalists

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Each vendor handles widespread bug reports in its own unique way. Some companies do their best to avoid acknowledging issues unless coverage spills over into the mainstream media. Other companies try to communicate with the public while they perform tests and attempt to fix bugs. Nokia on Tuesday took things a step further by taking escalating concerns about a serious Lumia 900 bug and turing the situation into a public relations coup.

Despite mixed early reviews and a quick round of whining from bloggers baffled by the logic behind an Easter-Day launch of a flagship smartphone — mystery solved: AT&T launches new devices on Sundays and Monday, April 9th marked the first day of the carrier’s spring promotion — Nokia’s Lumia 900 appears to have been well received by the public. Just one day after it launched, the sleek Windows Phone occupied the No.1 and No.2 spots on Amazon’s list of best-selling smartphones.

While the Lumia 900 certainly appeared to be selling well, a growing number of complaints arose from customers claiming their smartphones suffered from a serious bug. These users said that their phones were often unable to send or receive data over AT&T’s cellular network. BGR was not able to replicate the issue on its review unit, but a new Lumia 900 purchased by BGR on Tuesday did exhibit data connectivity issues.

In a blog post, Nokia executives Chris Weber and Jo Harlow acknowledged the problem, stating that it is being caused by a “memory management issue.” To speculate briefly, this issue could be spill-over from whatever problems prevented the smartphone from gaining technical acceptance and launching on schedule.

Customers were aggravated of course, but Nokia seized an opportunity to spin the issue in its favor. The company announced that a fix is in the works that will become available on or around April 16th. Customers who don’t want to wait a week have the option of swapping out their affected devices free of charge.

Beyond these customary gestures, however, Nokia also announced that any customer affected by the bug will receive a $100 credit on his or her AT&T bill, making the Lumia 900 free. Going one unprecedented step further, Nokia has offered the $100 credit to unaffected Lumia 900 users as well, and even to customers who haven’t yet purchased the phone — the credit will be available to anyone who buys a Lumia 900 through April 21st.

“We believe the Nokia Lumia 900 is unlike any other smartphone on the market,” Chris Weber and Jo Harlow wrote on a company blog. ”It represents an exceptional balance of power, ease of use and value, all wrapped in one of the most stylish, striking designs ever. At $99.99 at AT&T, we think the Lumia 900 is already a fantastic deal. And now, it’s unbeatable.”

BGR has spoken to a number of Lumia 900 owners, some impacted by the data bug and some unaffected, who have said that this gesture has converted them into life-long Nokia customers. A number of similar claims have been made on various forums. While the gesture will likely end up costing Nokia a hefty sum in addition to the firms marketing efforts and its initiative to put Lumia 900s in AT&T salespeople’s pockets, the long-term gains as Nokia tries to gain ground in the historically elusive U.S. market may be substantial.

BGR reviewed the Nokia Lumia 900 last week, and we called it Windows Phone’s best chance yet to make substantial strides in the mass market.

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‘Extremely poor’ Symbian sales, mixed Lumia sales to leave Nokia with another rough quarter

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Nokia is in store for yet another rough quarter according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley. The struggling Finnish phone vendor posted a massive €954 million operating loss last quarter, and Walkley thinks the company’s first quarter of 2012 could disappoint again. “We are lowering our estimates ahead of Nokia’s Q1/12 earnings report as our checks indicate weak Symbian sales, seasonally soft feature phone sales, and a slow ramp in Windows smartphones,” the analyst wrote, reiterating a Hold rating on shares of Nokia stock and lowering his price target to $5. Read on for more.

“Our global checks indicated mixed Lumia sales with price declines helping sales trends in Europe,” Walkley said. “However, our checks indicated extremely poor Symbian sales trends and seasonally soft feature phone sales, resulting in our lowered Q1/12 Devices and Services sales estimate from 4.9B to 4.7B.”

The analyst sees a potential upside for Nokia moving forward, though he does indicate that 2012 may be a make-or-break year for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. “While we believe global wireless carriers intend to diversify product portfolios and support Windows smartphones, we view 2012 as a critical year for the Windows ecosystem to gain market share,” Walkley wrote. “Given the investment necessary to grow the ecosystem, we view 2012 as a transitional year and anticipate a modest pro forma loss for Nokia.”

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Facebook Idiots, Lumia Woes, and Other Stories We Didn’t Post [Left Behind]

Monday, April 9th, 2012

AT&T is going big with Nokia’s Lumia 900, but reports of a $150M marketing blitz are inaccurate

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Nokia’s new Lumia 900 smartphone is getting a huge push at AT&T, but the carrier’s marketing budget for the new flagship Windows Phone won’t quite add up to sky-high figure suggested on Monday. Ad Age published an unconfirmed report on Monday stating that AT&T is preparing a massive marketing blitz to promote the new Nokia smartphone BGR called Windows Phone’s best shot yet to gain ground in the mass market. The carrier will spend as much as $150 million promoting the Lumia 900 according to the report, more than it spent to launch the iPhone. Following our coverage of Ad Age’s report, a trusted source confirmed to BGR that this is, in fact, not the case. Our well-placed source states that while AT&T is planning to push Nokia’s new Lumia smartphone aggressively, the $150 million figure is not even close to reality. This makes sense considering the big budget Nokia reportedly has set aside for the Lumia 900, but our source had no information to offer regarding Nokia’s marketing plans. An AT&T spokesperson declined to comment.

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AT&T will spend more promoting the Lumia than it did on Apple’s iPhone [updated]

Monday, April 9th, 2012

In the coming months, AT&T will spend as much as $150 million to help promote Nokia’s latest flagship smartphone, the Lumia 900. According to Ad Age, the massive advertising budget is even greater than what the carrier spent promoting Apple’s iPhone, which continues to be the company’s top selling device. Since losing its exclusive partnership with Apple, AT&T has been adding smartphone subscribers at a slower rate than rival Verizon Wireless. With other revenue streams drying up, carriers are looking to add new smartphone users to propel growth from profitable data plans. “The bulk of the growth for carriers is coming from smartphone subscribers,” said Chris Larsen, telecom analyst for Piper Jaffray. “They generate higher monthly recurring fees and more revenue.” With Verizon nipping at the heels of AT&T’s smartphone users base — thanks to numerous high-end exclusives —the carrier needs to push its own exclusive smartphones to counter Verizon’s growth. “You can tell when you walk into a Verizon store they’ve made a lot of money selling Android—that’s what they’re promoting,” Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps told Ad Age.

UPDATE: BGR has confirmed with a trusted source that AT&T’s marketing plans for the Nokia Lumia 900 are not in line with this report.

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Windows Phone will only account for 2% of app downloads in 2012, firm says

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Despite reinforcements arriving this year from Nokia, Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform will only account for 2% of all mobile application downloads in 2012, a recent report suggests. Market research firm ABI Research recently released a new study stating that nearly 36 billion apps will be downloaded to smartphones and tablets this year, and an overwhelming 83% of those downloads will be served to either Android or iOS-powered devices. “Although Windows Phone lags behind RIM’s BlackBerry and even Nokia’s Symbian, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that the two percent that we forecast for 2012 would be twice the share the platform achieved last year,” ABI analyst Lim Shiyang said in a statement. “Microsoft is gaining momentum, but its starting point is frustratingly low.” Devices like Nokia’s new Lumia 900, which BGR reviewed on Tuesday, are expected to improve Microsoft’s position in the smartphone market while the firm works on its next major OS release, Windows Phone 8. ABI Research’s press release follows below.

Windows Phone to Represent 2% of 2012’s App Downloads, but Its Future Will Be Brighter

LONDON – April 3, 2012

Mobile users will download nearly 36 billion apps in 2012 and Android and iOS will make up for 83% of the app downloads, while only 2% can be attributed to Windows Phone.

Research associate Lim Shiyang says, “Although Windows Phone lags behind RIM’s BlackBerry and even Nokia’s Symbian, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that the two percent that we forecast for 2012 would be twice the share the platform achieved last year. Microsoft is gaining momentum, but its starting point is frustratingly low. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t really a chicken-and-egg problem of low device sales holding back the app business and the slow app business holding back the device sales. It’s more complicated than that.”

There are four factors undermining Windows Phone’s app growth. First, the small device market share is the most obvious drag. Second, Windows Marketplace’s global roll-out has taken a long time, further limiting the number of potential customers. Third, Microsoft has also been slow to enable in-app purchasing, meaning that most of the quality apps remain behind an upfront paywall. And fourth, there have been no tablets built on the platform. Advancement on any of these fronts will have a positive impact.

According to senior analyst Aapo Markkanen, “One message we hear from many developers is that, purely technically speaking, Windows Phone is actually a rather appealing platform. And if it turns out to be a platform for relatively high-end devices, avoiding the fragmentation pitfalls of Android, it won’t even need to achieve a remarkably large market share to attract a vibrant app scene. The arrival of the first Windows 8 tablets, as well as Windows Phone’s upgrade to the Apollo iteration, should also give it a boost, since developers can reuse their code to launch on various screen sizes.”

ABI Research’s study, “Mobile Applications Market Data,” provides insight into the fast-growing mobile applications market. The market data include a forecast for application downloads, segmented by operating system platform, as well as a forecast for application revenues. Also, a list of storefronts, with their key features and regional availability, is provided.

It is part of the firm’s Mobile Applications Research Service.

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Nokia Lumia 900 or iPhone 3GS?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

What would you choose?

I asked a question on Twitter a little while ago, and wanted to get an even bigger idea of what everyone thinks. This is a serious question — would you choose an iPhone 3GS over the Nokia Lumia 900? You can get iOS 5, a decent camera, HD video recording, iMessage, the App Store, iTunes, and of course, everything else you’d get with an iPhone. On the Lumia 900, you have a larger and much better display, 4G LTE, and a clean and sophisticated OS.

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