Nokia's first Windows Phone 7.5 device arrives unlocked here in the States on Valentine's Day as an expensive bundle.
Nokia's first Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone for the United States -- the Nokia Lumia 800 -- will arrive on February 14 as part of a bundle. This bundle will come packed with the unlocked smartphone (meaning no official carrier support), a Nokia Play 360 wireless speaker, a Purity HD stereo headphone set and an in-ear Bluetooth headset.
According to sources "close to Microsoft's Lumia launch plans," the bundle will be available through Microsoft Stores only for a hefty price of $899 USD. So far there are no plans to launch the smartphone as a stand-alone unit -- at least, not initially. The bundle itself is reportedly aimed at Valentine's Day and gift shoppers looking for something unique.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during his final CES keynote that the Nokia Lumia 800 will eventually find its way into the United States via Microsoft's stores without carrier support. He also said that the Lumia 800 will be heading up to Canada with Rogers soon, with the 710 already launched.
Also in February, Microsoft plans to launch a glossy white variant of the Lumia 800 in Europe, adding to the current cyan, magenta and black lineup. And like the current colorful models, the white version will also sport a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4 GHz single-core SoC, and Windows Phone 7.5 packed with Nokia bloatware.
Is Nokia and Microsoft trying to invoke high demand for the smartphone in the United States, launching it on Valentine's Day in a special bundle?