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Microsoft to Sell Unlocked Nokia Lumia 800

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Jan 10, 2012, 10:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced during his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show that Microsoft plans to sell the Nokia Lumia 800 directly to consumers at Microsoft retail stores. The Lumia 800 will be sold unlocked. Since it is a penta-band device, it can be used with most GSM carriers in the U.S. Ballmer didn't indicate exactly when the Lumia 800 will become available, nor what it will cost. The Lumia 800 is already available from a selection of retail web sites.

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BLubak1

Jan 10, 2012, 3:24 PM

Pentaband 3G?

It'd definitely be smart if the unlocked device aimed for the Americas was in fact pentaband 3G, but thus far, the two available variants of the Lumia 800 support only 900/1900/2100 and 850/900/1900/2100 depending on market. Is there actually confirmation that we'll be getting a variant capable of AWS 1700/2100 here?
Tamarai

Jan 10, 2012, 2:12 PM

Microsoft Should Subsidize It...

Great idea at the right price-point. For the first month or so, Microsoft should subsidize the purchase of these.
I think if Microsoft had subsidized device purchases, without contractual requirements, at launch of WP7, they might already be on marketshare infographics Wink
True. Unfortunately "unlocked" is a dirty word for U.S. carriers.
 
 
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