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Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?

To be successful in North America, you have to have a device on the biggest network, Verizon.

The Lumia 710 has been getting good reviews after having launched on the T-Mobile network recently, especially at the $50 price point. There is a lot of enthusiasm for the Lumia 900 coming soon to AT&T. Both of those networks use the global GSM standard though. To be successful in North America, you have to have a device on the biggest network, Verizon.

In an interview on FierceWireless, Nokia U.S. president Chris Weber stated Verizon is an important partner for the carrier, but I am not sure Verizon feels the same way.

Verizon has said that it wants to focus on LTE devices and has even gone as far as saying that all future smartphones it launches must support the 4G standard. Thus far, Windows Phone 7, on which Nokia is standardizing in the United States, doesn't support LTE and, therefore, Verizon has shown little interest.

When asked about Windows Phone's lack of market success thus far and if LTE was partially to blame, Weber chose his words carefully.

"I don't know if I can talk about what's caused the results to date on it. I think there's a lot of things that go into that," Weber said. "I think you've got to have great hardware, and obviously Nokia brings some very innovative hardware. I think obviously the LTE support helps. [It's] building the ecosystem, so Windows is 50,000 apps and they're adding a significant amount on a daily and weekly basis--all of those things combined. I feel like we've got an innovative set of products."

That is a pretty long non-answer. Without insulting or attacking Microsoft's other Windows Phone partners, he simply said Nokia has its own way to innovate and that will be its strategy.

He was also asked about second-tier carriers. He would only go so far as to say that Nokia wants multiple partnerships. Since Nokia wants to give each U.S. carrier it works with a unique offering, I would think it is putting most of its efforts on finding a solution for Verizon that Big Red will want to get behind.

For now, we'll have to be content with the 710 and 900. There are rumors the 710 will make its way to Verizon, but that isn't going to be a blockbuster launch. For that, Nokia needs to get an LTE device ready and price it competitively, but not as an entry-level phone.

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EVVJSK
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EVVJSK,
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1/20/2012 | 7:47:26 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Am I correct that even though we are moving toward LTE, that LTE from Verizon and AT&T aren't compatible? If so, wouldn't it have been great if these two providers could have settled on a technology that would allow a phone to operate on either next gen (i.e. LTE) network? Then customers would have the luxury of choice AFTER buying the phone of which network was giving them the best service, price, etc... ?
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Fxwayward1,
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1/20/2012 | 9:07:32 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
As long as our politicians are deep in the wireless carriers pockets and allow these over priced monopolies to continue there over charging and ripping off the american public these ilegal monopolies will continue to not allow competition and keep prices extremely high. Look at the prices for wireless phones with unlimited data plans in other countries, they are one tenth the cost that they are here in the good old USA. Thank your Government for allowing this to happen to the american public.
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1/20/2012 | 9:10:14 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Geez what's next is the american government going to let the music and movie industry to control what we can download and where we can down load it from OOPS they are tring to do that too I guess our politicians are deep into their pockets too VERY SAD
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1/20/2012 | 10:19:19 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Unless the reports I read were wrong, the Nokia Lumia 900 has LTE baked in already. Windows Phone 7.5 supports LTE. So what's the real problem with Verizon supporting it and Windows Phone on their network?
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mark_avo,
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1/23/2012 | 7:27:09 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Everything I've read says that the Nokia 900 and HTC Titan 2 are LTE devices (it was even mentioned in the Microsoft Keynote). Sure the two LTE networks are not the same band but they're both LTE technology. That means that with some hardware radio changes the Nokia 900 and the HTC Titan 2 working on the Verizon LTE network is a non question.

What I want to know is: what is the hardware hold up if WP7 supports LTE for AT&T but a similar Verizon device wasn't announced?

AT&T has had 5-6 different WP7 devices on their network where as Verizon has had only the one. Verizon has always been the last one to finally support a device platform so My gut says that Verizon is the hold out on this one.
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1/23/2012 | 7:30:02 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
LTE was supposed to unite so many different carriers and instead it's going to be more fragmented than the separate GSM and CDMA networks combined (world wide)!

The networks want to protect the cash cow of contracts. Also, with smart phones being expensive, it's hard to leave a network after you've come with up the money for that networks supported smart phone du jour.
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1/23/2012 | 7:31:30 PM
re: Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Your comment has been flagged by SOPA for possible intellectual property rights infringement. Without a trial, you're to be escorted to Guantanomo immediately. Thanks for playing.
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