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Nokia: Microsoft paid us $250m in Q4 to use Windows Phone

Nokia: Microsoft paid us $250m in Q4 to use Windows Phone

Microsoft paid Nokia $250m in Q4 2011 for adopting Windows Phone, the Finnish company's financial results today have revealed, the first of a "platform support payments" scheme expected to eventually account for billions of dollars. The two companies have always declined to put an exact figure on the "significant investments" Nokia would receive, though this new stat lends weight to earlier talk of over a billion in Microsoft subsidies.

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 to be $100 on March 18 tips insider

AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 to be $100 on March 18 tips insider

Nokia and AT&T will offer the Lumia 900 for just $99.99 with a new, two-year agreement when the Windows Phone lands in mid-March, according to the latest roadmap leak, an ambitious price to get the device into as many consumers' pockets as possible. The AT&T Lumia 900 will undercut most new Android devices - and indeed the iPhone 4S - by half, according to BGR's insider, with a release date of March 18.

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Nokia owns 45% of second gen Windows Phone 7 market

Nokia owns 45% of second gen Windows Phone 7 market

Nokia has bet big on Windows Phone 7 as the smartphone operating system to help pull the company back into the black. Windows Phone 7 isn’t the most popular smartphone OS by a long shot, but analysts are predicting that Windows Phone 7 has a lot of growth coming this year. Much of that growth and many of the most popular devices are from Nokia.

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Nokia Lumia 900 hits UK in June says retailer, sans LTE

Nokia Lumia 900 hits UK in June says retailer, sans LTE

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has yanked a pre-registration page for the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900, indicating the 4.3-inch Windows Phone will go on sale in non-LTE form come June 2012. Beyond the lack of LTE, the Lumia 900 details - previously found here but now only a memory in Google's cache - were identical to the AT&T model announced earlier this month, with an 8-megapixel camera along with a front-facing camera for video calls.

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Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

Nokia Windows Phone sales top 1.3m in 2011 tip analysts

A shortage of rival flagships and ambitious promotional work could have seen Nokia sell 1.3m Lumia Windows Phones in 2011, according to analyst averages, though the MeeGo-powered N9 could still have outsold its Microsoft-running siblings. Bloomberg took sales estimates from 22 analysts surveyed around Nokia's Windows Phone launch, with figures ranging from as many as 2m down to just 800,000. However, the estimates are over sales into the retail channel, and don't necessarily mean that many of Nokia's devices have ended up in users' pockets or bags.

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone Sales Silence Speaks Volumes

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Sales Silence Speaks Volumes

Microsoft's quarterly financial results today make for great reading if you're a shareholder, with a record $20.9bn in revenue, but are less reassuring if you're a Windows Phone fan. The big software company broke down Windows 7 licensing numbers, spilled its Bing search share and gleefully detailed Xbox 360 and Kinect sensor sales, but Microsoft's smartphone OS merited little more than a vague mention of "a lot of excitement." This was Microsoft's most obvious opportunity to hammer home whatever dent Windows Phone had made in the mobile market; that it didn't leaves us more than a little concerned.

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ZTE Tania Preview

ZTE Tania Preview

ZTE isn't a name most smartphone shoppers would recognize, but the company has ambitions to change all that with the ZTE Tania. A 4.3-inch Windows Phone 7 device, the Tania aims to deliver not only all that Microsoft OS goodness you've come to love, but at a price that significantly undercuts rivals. The unit we've been using since last week is final hardware but non-final software, hence this being a preview and not a full review, but it's still enough to get an early take on what ZTE hopes will be a smartphone game-changer in more ways than one.

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iPhone 4S fuels rocketing Apple demand in Q4 2011

iPhone 4S fuels rocketing Apple demand in Q4 2011

Android continues to rule the roost in the smartphone segment, in terms of sheer numbers at least, but Apple's iPhone 4S launch bucked the overall trend in Q4 2011 with huge demand almost outweighing new Android sales. The figures, collected by Nielsen, suggest over 46-percent of US smartphone owners use an Android device in the final quarter of 2011, compared to 30-percent using an iPhone. However, by December, almost 45-percent of new smartphone buyers opted for one of Apple's handsets.

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Is Skype the Windows Phone Wildcard?

Is Skype the Windows Phone Wildcard?

That Windows Phone lacks a Skype app is, like Apple's fixation on the word "Magical" and the rampant popularity of Justin Bieber, one of life's great conundra. Microsoft is desperately seeking "must have" apps to showcase its smartphone platform, and yet it already owns a VoIP company putting out what could legitimately be described as just that on iOS and Android. Delivering Skype for Windows Phone would certainly answer one great criticism of the OS, and cross a further reason off the wait-and-see list for many buyers. Still, it's the promised deeper integration of Skype into future iterations of Windows Phone, however, that could signal the turning point for the "third platform."

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AT&T Lumia 900 due March tips Nokia newsletter

AT&T Lumia 900 due March tips Nokia newsletter

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 will launch in March, according to Nokia's Developer Newsletter, which revealed the release schedule for the LTE Windows Phone despite both carrier and company staying mum about details this week at CES. "[Lumia 900] will become available exclusively through AT&T in March" the coder-targeted newsletter confirmed, far more specific than "the next few months" as Microsoft, Nokia and AT&T have committed to.

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