Nokia Lumia 900 UK rollout delayed by demand from US

Nokia Lumia 900 UK rollout delayed by demand from US

Summary: The UK launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 has been delayed until mid-May due to high demand for the device in the US. Image credit: Nokia Nokia told ZDNet UK on Wednesday in a statement that "overwhelming demand" for the Lumia 900 in the US had resulted in "a small knock-on effect on product availability in the UK".

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The UK launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 has been delayed until mid-May due to high demand for the device in the US.

Image credit: Nokia

Nokia told ZDNet UK on Wednesday in a statement that "overwhelming demand" for the Lumia 900 in the US had resulted in "a small knock-on effect on product availability in the UK".

"The Lumia 900 is now expected to be available from Phones4U around the 14th May. We are doing everything we can to fulfil demand," the Nokia spokesperson added.

It had previously been due to arrive on 27 April, according to Phones4U.

On 19 April in its most recent quarterly financial statement, Nokia said the introduction of its Lumia devices had been a mixed bag in terms of sales.

Stephen Elop, chief executive of Nokia, acknowledged that while the launch of the Lumia 900 had been a success in some countries, including the US, other members of the Lumia range had failed to measure up against rivals in other markets, including the UK.

The Lumia 900 went on sale in the US on the AT&T network on 8 April. However, just days after the device went on sale Jo Horlow, executive vice president of smart devices, said the company had identified a software bug that could interfere with data connectivity.

"Soon after this flagship device began selling, we identified a software issue," Horlow wrote on the Nokia Conversations blog. "In short, a memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity. This issue is purely in the phone software, and is not related to either phone hardware or the network itself [...] We have identified the issue, and have developed a solution."

Horlow said an update was due to be issued via the Zune software "on or around" 16 May.

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  • When will Nokia stop spin doctoring? Nokia were putting out similar claims that Lumias were sold out in some places in Europe before Christmas. We find now that the sales there were abysmal. Nokia still talks of shipments as sales - no activation figures are revealed. What's wrong - too bad to reveal? Is it just a case that Nokia has shipped too many Lumias to the US and is waiting for retailers to return then so they can be shipped to Europe?
    Mah
  • On amazon.com it still holds #1 and #2 spot on AT&T selling lists, so I guess it's shifting quite a few - I think AT&T is one of the top three in the states
    TechsUK
  • Its far more likely the delay introducing the Nokia Lumia 900 is a result of a glut of Nokia Lumia 800 WP7 phones in the UK Supply Chain.

    Rumours, the Nokia Lumia WP7 phones are unlikely to get WP8 later this year as a result of several factors such as being 'underpowered' for WinRT, due to being based on single core processors, isn't helping. (They're actually pretty fast and slick running WP7) Yes, they'll get future WP7 updates, but thats not the same as a WP8 Update.

    If your interested in WP7, at this moment in time with no word from either Nokia or MS, neither the Lumia 800 or the Nokia Lumia 900 sadly aren't a good bet, by the looks of it they'll be 'obsolete' in 6 months if no update to WP8 is forthcoming from MS.

    The Nokia Lumia 710 makes the Nokia Lumia 800/900 seem expensive, for the additional features such as front facing camera on the Lumia 900/larger screen/polycarbonate shell.
    Internally the Lumia 710 is very similar to the Lumia 800/900, 1.4Ghz single core processor with a sligher lower spec'd (but admirable) camera,8GB (non expandable) memory but with the added advantage of a removeable battery.

    The Nokia 710 is a good phone for the price, great internal hardware - a bit bland looks wise, but if you are interested in WP7, aka 'tiles'- its the best choice currently.

    Good Points for the Nokia 710 are its screen and the IE9 Browser which is superb. It also locks the GPS very quickly. Nokia Drive is great but buggy. One fault found is that if you use it to get to the Airport, then get on a flight within the UK, then attempt to use it at the other end, it crashes. It opens the maps at the previous location, and can't fathom how you have managed to cover such a vast distance so quickly. Clearing the drive history seems to solve it, but its irrating - if you need to be somewhere and you're relying on it.

    Other irrations include the lack of a permanent Wifi notification icon, you need to tap at the top of the screen to bring it back, and it doesn't always appear first time. Inconsistency in the Interface 'switches' in Settings is also a pain. The charging icon is confusing too.

    Personally I'm underwhelmed by WP7 (WP7 is basically work-in-progress), but for £130-150 on PAYG the Nokia Lumia 710 appears good value, if you're just interested in dipping your toe with WP7, aren't a big app user, and aren't interested in storing your entire music collection.
    SoapyTablet