Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

Summary: While the Nokia Lumia 800 is available outside the U.S., we have yet to see a new Windows Phone here. T-Mobile and Nokia are holding an event next week and indications are that it will be for the Lumia 710.

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I had a chance to spend some time with the Nokia Lumia 710 at Nokia World in early November and even though most of the chatter has been around the Lumia 800 I think the 710 is still a device worth consideration. WPCentral.com posted that T-Mobile and Nokia are announcing something new in New York on 14 December and all indications, including FCC documentation, are that this will be an official T-Mobile announcement for the Lumia 710 Windows Phone device.

The Nokia 710 is likely to compete with the HTC Radar 4G on T-Mobile for the new Windows Phone user in the sub-$100 price range. Unfortunately, this means there is still no high end Windows Phone device available for T-Mobile while AT&T gets both the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S. I have been using the HTC Radar 4G quite a bit lately and even though you can pick it up for free or $50 it honestly is a solid device and my only complaint is the rather disappointing camera.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is very similar to the Lumia 800, with the following differences:

  • 3.7 inch Clear Black Display (710 is TFT while 800 is AMOLED Gorilla Glass)
  • 8GB storage compared to 16GB on Lumia 800
  • 5 megapixel camera compared to 8 megapixel with Carl Zeiss on the 800
  • Multiple color options for back cover

The processor, operating system, apps, and display resolution are all the same. I find the HTC Radar 4G build quality to be fantastic and have to use the 710 a bit more before deciding which is better. I would love to see the Titan or Samsung Focus S on T-Mobile though.

Topics: HTC, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Nokia, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi, Windows

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  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

    I don't understand why T-Mobile does not have premium phones. I was a long time Verizon customer until I got sick of paying so much for my service. I switched to T-Mobile and the Dell Venue Pro, and I have not regretted it. Maybe Verizon network is better but I have not noticed it. Anyway, just because I am ok with a cheaper service does not mean I don't want a good phone. My wife contract is up in about a month and she wants to ditch her Android, she hates it, but she wants a big screen, and a hard Keyboard. Why cant we choose any phone on any carrier.
    nanderto
    • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

      @nanderto
      +1. There should be some law in place which allows customers to choose any phone on any carrier - they could come with similar two year contracts or whatever a carrier decides. That way carriers are forced to be competitive in handset prices and plans. Companies like Verizon behave almost like a mafia they WANT 4G for including windows phones in their lineup whereas they have a number of non-4G android phones, iphone etc!
      sunilgmishra
    • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

      @nanderto
      All we know so far is that the 710 is going to TMO. They haven't announced any carriers for 800, 900, etc., or who else may be getting the 710. I'd wait until CES (Jan. 10 or so) and see.
      WebSiteManager
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

    Somehow this phone will be cheaper than the 800 to make it affordable to the masses..
    http://www.magkano.com/cellphone/nokia/nokia-710-price.htm
    zashmbee
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

    I like these features:) <br>ClearBlack display, 3.7" touchscreen and Swappable covers, changeable home screen colour<br><br> <a href="http://www.cellunlock.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.cellunlock.net/</a>
    MichaelBreaker
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

    I am not sure it is the right strategy for Nokia. They are not known for high spec, cutting edge phones here in US and bringing the 710 will not do any good. The Lumia 900 would have been a great start, cheap phones are just not going to add any brand value.
    sunilgmishra
    • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

      @sunilgmishra
      I think as far as Nokia's perception is concerned, the 710 on T-Mobile will soon be mostly an afterthought. It will cease to be the poster child as soon as a bigger carrier has the 800 or 900. They're not making a first impression, they're trying to rebuild their brand in the U.S., which will take longer, and not be heavily influenced by the TMO 710, IMO.
      WebSiteManager
  • Antenna?

    They were pointing out how the polycarbonate body in the Lumia 800 helps reception. From what I understand, the 710 is plastic. Any information on how the reception quality compares?
    WebSiteManager
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 likely to be announced by T-Mobile on 14 December

    T-moble doesn't have long term vision. They introduced the Nokia Astound, but not the N8 or E7, phones which might have helped them differentiate themselves. Lots of T-mobile users simply use Unlocked phones so they don't always have to have T-mobile's blessing, but for those who need T-Mobile to help the subsidized the cost of the phone (with overly expenseive Voice, Text Messaging, and Data plans), they should strongly consider giving their customers options. The Nokia 710 will have Nokia Maps, which adds about $100 to the value of the phone over many other phone manufacturers due to the ability to have pre-downloaded maps.
    jkohut
  • Nokia Mix

    Has the Nokia Mix availability been resolved yet? Seems that you couldn't get the music in the U.S. like you could elsewhere.
    WebSiteManager