Back in the olden days, Nokia was one of the more recognizable brands in the smartphone competition because of the popularity of its E-Series line of smartphones. Sad to say, this is not to last very long due to the entrance of other manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, HTC and the like in the competition. With the iPhone and other high-end Android devices flooding the market, Nokia effectively took the back seat and was relegated to coming up with feature phones while the manufacturers mentioned above all made a killing in the smartphone market.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is currently available for purchase starting at $19 at select online retailers.
A strategic partnership with software giant Microsoft gave Nokia a new lease on life and with the Finnish manufacturer shifting its focus to the Windows Phone ecosystem, it managed to become relevant again in the smartphone competition. Nokia started its bid with the release of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 last year. However, the most successful Windows Phone handset of the company so far is the Nokia Lumia 900 4G which it released in US shores via AT&T.
Before AT&T and Nokia jointly launched the Nokia Lumia 900 4G in our side of the world, the two companies started a blitzkrieg of marketing and advertising stunts to make the world aware of what the handset is all about. This worked to a certain extent because there was a peak in interest for the Nokia Lumia 900 4G even before it hit the shelves. And when it finally did, the Nokia Lumia 900 4G managed to snag the top and third spots in the bestsellers list of an AT&T-authorized reseller during its launch date – a testament to the popularity of the handset among the fanboys of the Windows Phone platform.
Since then, the Nokia Lumia 900 4G has always been in the second spot in the bestsellers of AT&T and only this June did it get taken out of the said spot by the HTC One X 4G. Critics of the handset saw this as the beginning of the end for the handset. And then, a couple of weeks ago, AT&T authorized a price cut for the handset dropping its price point down to just $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement with the carrier.
Critics again were out for the Nokia Lumia 900 4G’s blood and claimed that the price drop was a sign of weak sales and AT&T was just trying to get rid of the remaining handsets in its inventory. And the fact that the handset will not get the Windows Phone 8 update has been taken against the Nokia Lumia 900 4G.
And now that Nokia is rumored to release two new handsets running Windows Phone 8 this September 5, where does this leave the Nokia Lumia 900 4G in the greater scheme of things? Will AT&T still uphold the status quo and still offer the handset? With this recent developments we are bound to ask – is the Nokia Lumia 900 4G about to reach end of life status? We certainly hope not. You can buy the Nokia Lumia 900 starting at $19.