Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone handsets will soon be updated to support tethering, according to the FAQ section of the Nokia Connects website. This means that a Nokia Lumia phone can act as a mobile WiFi hotspot through which your other devices can connect to the internet. Although the new feature is confirmed, Nokia has yet to reveal when that update might arrive.
Value-minded Nokia Lumia 710 customers that recently picked up the Windows Phone from T-Mobile for free now get to take advantage of another freebie. Nokia has announced that it will be upgrading customer purchases by offering Xpress-on color covers to Lumia 710 customers for free. The covers are available starting today in the colors white, cyan, fuschsia, and yellow.
Nokia is the number one Windows Phone manufacturer in terms of sales, according to analysts, overtaking HTC after having its Lumia phones on the market for just one quarter. Microsoft saw 2.7m Windows Phone device sales in Q4 2011, according to Strategy Analytics' figures, of which sales of Nokia devices like the Lumia 800 contributed 33-percent.
Nokia is ramping up for a far more interesting Mobile World Congress than in recent years: having opted out of a presence in 2011, rumors have it that the Finns have at least two new Windows Phones to bolster their range. After the original Lumia 800 and 710, and the imminent Lumia 900 headed to AT&T, we're also told to expect a new, higher-end device in the shape of a European 900 variant, along with an entry-level model that should cater to a more affordable price point. Question is, with Symbian's appeal souring ahead of schedule, has Nokia done enough to shave away smartphone pricing.
Microsoft must have known that Nokia was going to come out of the gates strong with their mobile OS Windows Phone when they first signed the contracts all those months ago, as Mobile World Congress 2012 appears to be shaping up to be a whole new wave of Nokia beasts hot off the blocks, each of them with Windows Phone Tango equipped! The newest device being tipped as coming at the end of this month is the Nokia Lumia 610, a smartphone made to take out the lower-tiers of the smartphone world with its ultra-inexpensive cost and aesthetically pleasing body.
This year in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2012, we're likely to see a brand new Nokia "high-end" device announced and detailed. Forbes has learned from an industry source they trust that MWC 2012 will play host to Nokia's newest smartphone, one that they're saying will "run an unusual software feature normally found only on high-end smartphones." It's quite likely that this means the camera, rumored to be 12 megapixels strong on the rumored Nokia Lumia 910, will be ready for action.
Over the last year when it came to Windows Phone, we saw a lovely looking user interface fall victim to less than stellar engagement and interest on the part of the public - Stephen Elop this week says that it's the work of the salesmen, not the manufacturer, to make the final drop of the device into the hands on the consumer. Without a doubt there's a certain flair to the Lumia line of smartphones being released both here in the USA and abroad this year, but without the folks in the stores actually pointing people to the hands-on equipment, there's certainly no chance of a big hit in the engagement environment. Elop let the world know in Nokia's sales call what he expects from store employees in the very near future.
$1.25 billion in losses would normally be a pretty dire way to end a quarter, but Nokia managed to muster just enough sugar for lemonade with more than a million sales of its first two Windows Phone handsets. After months of "we'll launch by the end of the year" promises, Elop & Co. came through with not one but two smartphones based on Microsoft's OS, turning that duo into a trio at CES 2012 earlier this month. As foundations go it's a solid start, but make no mistake: it only gets tougher from here.
Nokia has announced its Q4 2011 financial results, and the big news is Windows Phone sales: "well over 1 million Lumia devices to date" the Finnish company claims. Still, strong out-the-gate demand for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 weren't enough to turn Nokia's ailing books around: the company recorded a €954m ($1.25bn) profit loss in Q4 2011, bringing the final 2011 tally to a €1.073bn ($1.4bn) loss, down 43-percent year-on-year.
In the Nokia Lumia 710 carried by T-Mobile comes the first push by Nokia to re-enter the United States mobile market with Windows Phone in tow, and with this little gem comes a broad sweep for the middle market including those switching from other operating systems to Microsoft's mobile OS for the first time as well as those brand new to smartphones. What you'll find is that this device which has already been released with heavy discounts down to absolutely free on contract is a solid smartphone, complete with all the bits you'd expect from a top-of-mid-range device. Will this little beast be the first herald for the oncoming storm of Nokia power?