AT&T to sell Nokia's first Windows 8 phones (Update)

Oct 04, 2012 by Peter Svensson

(AP)—Lending support to two companies struggling to make a comeback in smartphones, AT&T Inc. said Thursday it will be selling Nokia smartphones that run Windows Phone 8, Microsoft's upcoming software release.

The phones are a critical part of Nokia Corp.'s attempt to stem its rapid decline from the position as the world's largest maker of phones. The Finnish company's presence in the U.S. market has been very small in recent years, but AT&T and T-Mobile have been selling Nokia's earlier Windows Phones.

AT&T said it will be the only U.S. carrier to sell the high-end Lumia 920 phone, at least initially, and will also sell the cheaper Lumia 820. The phones will go on sale in November. AT&T didn't say what they would cost.

For Microsoft Corp., the new software is a continuation of an effort to get its software back into smartphones.

AT&T also said it would release HTC Corp.'s Windows Phone 8X in November, running the same software.

AT&T shares rose 13 cents to $38.31 in afternoon trading Thursday. They are near their 52-week high of $38.58 set two weeks ago.

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packrat
1 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2012
More than one carrier needs to be selling the phone if Microsoft and Nokia want it to get popular fast.
VendicarD
5 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2012
Pointless.

Just flush the toilet and get it over with.
evropej
1 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2012
is there any wet paint around?
packrat
1 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2012
I don't think so. I happen to prefer windows and I know many other people that do also. My only complaint about the new RT version won't run the original software but people will be porting applications over once it hits the market. It just takes time. Android and Apple didn't have much software available when they first hit the market either.

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