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Report: AT&T Stores Almost Sold Out of Nokia's Lumia 900

By - Source: Gizmodo | B 31 comments

According to AT&T store reps, the Lumia 900 is "selling like crazy."

While European cell phone carriers are speaking behind curtains of anonymity about Nokia's Lumia line and how "no one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone," it seems things are a little bit different stateside. Because neither Nokia nor AT&T will spill the beans on how well the Lumia 900 is doing, the folks over at Gizmodo were inspired to pick up the phone and start calling stores.

 

After speaking with reps at 36 different AT&T stores in major American malls, they discovered that the phone is selling pretty well. According to Giz, a Philadelphia location was the only store that hadn't sold out of the phone while everywhere else seemed to have run out of units in the first few days of availability.

Of course, though it's easy to say the phone is sold out and therefore a success, that's not really the whole story. Various factors must be considered, such as how many each store received for launch and just how often they're receiving fresh shipments. Only a couple of stores said they're receiving daily shipments of the phone, while some said they'd have more the next day. Others stores said they were expecting them that week. The cyan model seems particularly hard to keep in stock.

The general consensus among the AT&T reps is that the phone is doing very well, but there does seem to be a problem with keeping them in stock. Whether this is intentional --- an effort to create the illusion of demand -- remains unclear. We know that AT&T hasn't released comment on sales or any issues with supply, and with the carrier backing the Lumia 900 so strongly, the network probably wouldn't pass up the chance to say there was a shortage or that they couldn't keep the phone in stock.

Nokia is expected to talk Lumia 900 sales during its earnings call this summer, and it's unlikely we'll hear anything official in the meantime, but Gizmodo's informal study is definitely food for thought. Did you pick up a Lumia 900? If so, did you have a problem getting one or were you able to walk in to your local AT&T and walk out with a phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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    wildkitten , April 19, 2012 7:10 PM
    willardAgreed. My wife really wanted a Windows Phone last year to replace her aging Android handset. Was next to impossible to find what few phones there were. Verizon was apparently not only recommending that customers not buy WP7 handsets, but they were then shipping them back citing low demand. No wonder Microsoft got pissed at them.Fast forward a year or so and my wife now has an iPhone 4, but I'm still itching to try out a Windows Phone, only it's the same story again because I want better than a mid tier phone.Microsoft and Nokia need to get on the ball and release a couple more models to cater to the high end phone crowd. If I can't find an acceptable Windows Phone in the coming months I'll be sticking to Android (probably the Razr Maxx) for another year at least.


    Except apparently from what even Android fans say, Android needs the extra power to make up for flaws. Window's phone apparently is better written so doesn't need the same specs to be as good.

    The issue is, perception becoms reality. They see only a single core CPU and 512MB of RAM and think "Oh that's not as good". I think just an upgrade of the RAM to 1GB would do much to overcome that and it's certainly cheap enough to do and wouldn't hurt anything.

    I myself am getting tired of Android. My Bionic is a nice phone, but I am sick of apps that just open by themselves. It's really odd how whenever I check running apps all these apps I never open, such as Pulse, Mobile Hotspot, Shazam, Slacker (bloatware I don't even want on my phone but can't uninstall, thank you so much Verizon), Gmail and many many more just up and running and taking up RAM.

    I have checked before when I reboot my phone that I have about 475MB of free RAM (of course I can't figure out why the few things I have such as Lookout, Skype, Go Launcher EX take up 525MB RAM) and within a day I am down to around 250MB free, sometimes even under 200MB, and all because of apps I don't even open.

    If Android apps don't start giving options to close the program and STAY CLOSED until I start them up again, I will happily give Windows Phone a looksee, especially now that Verizon doesn't want me to remain with them as a customer because of their new loyalty fee they have instituted.
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    IAmVortigaunt , April 19, 2012 6:23 PM
    captaincharismai don't get why people like the looks of this phone. it looks like a piece of glass surrounded by a cheap plastic border


    Well it's not actually a "cheap plastic border". It's a one piece polycarbonate case. It seems pretty solid.
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    rantoc , April 19, 2012 5:04 PM
    Hardly surprising, the Lumia phones are very good. We got Lumia 800's at work and they perform well and are very quick/easy to use. Since i got one the iphone have been collecting dust since the corp it policy don't allow iphones due to security concerns and the Lumia does everything the iphone does its simply no reason to have it around anymore.
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    rantoc , April 19, 2012 5:04 PM
    Hardly surprising, the Lumia phones are very good. We got Lumia 800's at work and they perform well and are very quick/easy to use. Since i got one the iphone have been collecting dust since the corp it policy don't allow iphones due to security concerns and the Lumia does everything the iphone does its simply no reason to have it around anymore.
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    freggo , April 19, 2012 5:17 PM
    Why not include basic specs and prices in the article. Makes it easier to get a picture of the device instead of doing a search now; yes, I am THAT lazy :-)
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    fulle , April 19, 2012 5:41 PM
    The Lumina 900 has a great OS, and beautiful case, but under the hood the hardware is a bit lacking. The single core processor is less of a major issue, because Microsoft did such a great job with the OS, but the camera is still noticeably bad.

    Good job on the case, Nokia. Windows Phone 7.5 is awesome Microsoft. Now can we have a version of this phone with a good camera censor, and legit SOC? Single core 1.4 GHz Scorpion, with an Adreno 205? WTF is that? Really, Nokia? Really?
    *sigh*
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    trumpeter1994 , April 19, 2012 5:45 PM
    So much for that Article about people wanting android on it.......
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    willard , April 19, 2012 5:47 PM
    fulleNow can we have a version of this phone with a good camera censor, and legit SOC? Single core 1.4 GHz Scorpion, with an Adreno 205? WTF is that? Really, Nokia? Really? *sigh*

    Agreed. My wife really wanted a Windows Phone last year to replace her aging Android handset. Was next to impossible to find what few phones there were. Verizon was apparently not only recommending that customers not buy WP7 handsets, but they were then shipping them back citing low demand. No wonder Microsoft got pissed at them.

    Fast forward a year or so and my wife now has an iPhone 4, but I'm still itching to try out a Windows Phone, only it's the same story again because I want better than a mid tier phone.

    Microsoft and Nokia need to get on the ball and release a couple more models to cater to the high end phone crowd. If I can't find an acceptable Windows Phone in the coming months I'll be sticking to Android (probably the Razr Maxx) for another year at least.
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    warezme , April 19, 2012 6:03 PM
    captaincharismai don't get why people like the looks of this phone. it looks like a piece of glass surrounded by a cheap plastic border
    you mean it looks like the iphone or any other smart phone on the market?? shocking
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    IAmVortigaunt , April 19, 2012 6:23 PM
    captaincharismai don't get why people like the looks of this phone. it looks like a piece of glass surrounded by a cheap plastic border


    Well it's not actually a "cheap plastic border". It's a one piece polycarbonate case. It seems pretty solid.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2012 6:33 PM
    "Whether this is intentional --- an effort to create the illusion of demand -- remains unclear"

    I think it's pretty clear. A normal company would proclaim that they are selling 2 million units a day to inspire investor confidence, rather than manufacturing a rumor like this and hiring PR trolls to thumb down unfavorable comments.

    I'm pretty sure that the AT&T store folks are required by company policy to act like every product is popular, and they probably don't have any in stock because they knew better than to order 10,000 Lumia phones when there's no reason to expect to sell more than 2.

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    john_4 , April 19, 2012 6:57 PM
    dfsgfdsghThey sold all 2 of them?

    Both of them to MS fanboys from this site.
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    wildkitten , April 19, 2012 7:10 PM
    willardAgreed. My wife really wanted a Windows Phone last year to replace her aging Android handset. Was next to impossible to find what few phones there were. Verizon was apparently not only recommending that customers not buy WP7 handsets, but they were then shipping them back citing low demand. No wonder Microsoft got pissed at them.Fast forward a year or so and my wife now has an iPhone 4, but I'm still itching to try out a Windows Phone, only it's the same story again because I want better than a mid tier phone.Microsoft and Nokia need to get on the ball and release a couple more models to cater to the high end phone crowd. If I can't find an acceptable Windows Phone in the coming months I'll be sticking to Android (probably the Razr Maxx) for another year at least.


    Except apparently from what even Android fans say, Android needs the extra power to make up for flaws. Window's phone apparently is better written so doesn't need the same specs to be as good.

    The issue is, perception becoms reality. They see only a single core CPU and 512MB of RAM and think "Oh that's not as good". I think just an upgrade of the RAM to 1GB would do much to overcome that and it's certainly cheap enough to do and wouldn't hurt anything.

    I myself am getting tired of Android. My Bionic is a nice phone, but I am sick of apps that just open by themselves. It's really odd how whenever I check running apps all these apps I never open, such as Pulse, Mobile Hotspot, Shazam, Slacker (bloatware I don't even want on my phone but can't uninstall, thank you so much Verizon), Gmail and many many more just up and running and taking up RAM.

    I have checked before when I reboot my phone that I have about 475MB of free RAM (of course I can't figure out why the few things I have such as Lookout, Skype, Go Launcher EX take up 525MB RAM) and within a day I am down to around 250MB free, sometimes even under 200MB, and all because of apps I don't even open.

    If Android apps don't start giving options to close the program and STAY CLOSED until I start them up again, I will happily give Windows Phone a looksee, especially now that Verizon doesn't want me to remain with them as a customer because of their new loyalty fee they have instituted.
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    LordConrad , April 19, 2012 7:28 PM
    wildkittenI myself am getting tired of Android. My Bionic is a nice phone, but I am sick of apps that just open by themselves. It's really odd how whenever I check running apps all these apps I never open, such as Pulse, Mobile Hotspot, Shazam, Slacker (bloatware I don't even want on my phone but can't uninstall, thank you so much Verizon), Gmail and many many more just up and running and taking up RAM.

    This is easily remedied by rooting your phone. Rooting has many other benefits as well. Why complain about a problem that is easily fixed?
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    wildkitten , April 19, 2012 7:37 PM
    LordConradThis is easily remedied by rooting your phone. Rooting has many other benefits as well. Why complain about a problem that is easily fixed?

    Rooting wasn't even legal until a few months ago, and may not remain so. It also breaks the warranty and shouldn't be done unless someone is knowledgeable about the phone which I do not feel I am quite there yet. Not to mention there is always the possibility of bricking the phone and I am not prepared to have a $150 paperweight just yet.

    This is also something I am getting tired of. People saying "Do something you shouldn't have to do to solve your problem" without addressing the root (no pun intended) cause of the problem.

    Many apps such as Tunin Radio and the Weather Channel app have Exit options on their menu. When you exit out, those apps close and stay closed until I open them again. If they can do it, all other apps can do it, and they should do it. It's laziness on the developers for not doing this and Google for not insisting on this. No one would tolerate applications acting this way on their Windows desktop and I doubt if they did you would so casually toss out "oh just root the OS". No, I have a feeling you would be bashing Microsoft left and right.
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    silver565 , April 19, 2012 7:49 PM
    The WP7 marketing team should be happy with themselves
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    bystander , April 19, 2012 10:04 PM
    wildkittenExcept apparently from what even Android fans say, Android needs the extra power to make up for flaws. Window's phone apparently is better written so doesn't need the same specs to be as good.The issue is, perception becoms reality. They see only a single core CPU and 512MB of RAM and think "Oh that's not as good". I think just an upgrade of the RAM to 1GB would do much to overcome that and it's certainly cheap enough to do and wouldn't hurt anything.I myself am getting tired of Android. My Bionic is a nice phone, but I am sick of apps that just open by themselves. It's really odd how whenever I check running apps all these apps I never open, such as Pulse, Mobile Hotspot, Shazam, Slacker (bloatware I don't even want on my phone but can't uninstall, thank you so much Verizon), Gmail and many many more just up and running and taking up RAM.I have checked before when I reboot my phone that I have about 475MB of free RAM (of course I can't figure out why the few things I have such as Lookout, Skype, Go Launcher EX take up 525MB RAM) and within a day I am down to around 250MB free, sometimes even under 200MB, and all because of apps I don't even open.If Android apps don't start giving options to close the program and STAY CLOSED until I start them up again, I will happily give Windows Phone a looksee, especially now that Verizon doesn't want me to remain with them as a customer because of their new loyalty fee they have instituted.

    Android is designed to load up as many apps as possible in the memory when it's not used, but you should be too concerned as most of them should not actually be using processing power. They are loaded so that once you do use it, it is snappy.

    Unfortunately, some of the poorly written ones will drain some power, so programs like Juice defender are needed.
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    southernshark , April 19, 2012 10:21 PM
    I can't wait to get one of these phones, but at this point I am waiting on W8....

    W8 should be a blow out OS for Nokia.
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    bystander , April 19, 2012 10:29 PM
    southernsharkI can't wait to get one of these phones, but at this point I am waiting on W8....W8 should be a blow out OS for Nokia.

    I am waiting too, that and I'm waiting for Verizon to wake up.
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    wildkitten , April 19, 2012 10:30 PM
    bystanderAndroid is designed to load up as many apps as possible in the memory when it's not used, but you should be too concerned as most of them should not actually be using processing power. They are loaded so that once you do use it, it is snappy.Unfortunately, some of the poorly written ones will drain some power, so programs like Juice defender are needed.

    I didn't say they were using battery power. That's why I don't automatically kill them with a task killer as that would just use more CPU cycles. I said they were using RAM. And they are snappy enough opening while closed.

    You see, this is the issue I have with Android. I don't need it assuming what apps I want open. Let me open it. I know what I want, I don't need my hand held. I don't need Picassa, QuickPix and the Gallery all opened when I use my camera. I don't need my camera remaining in memory when I am not using it. It's silly to have to back out of a program or click the Home button. Give me an exit option. Close all apps that an app opens when I close the app.

    And I am sick of people trying to make flaws seem like benefits. It is of no benefit to automatically have things open. If someone has say Pulse set to automatically download data in the background, fine, that person wants it to open automatically. I however have it set to download when I choose to download something manually. Since I download news manually, I don't need Pulse opening itself. And it doesn't pop up on screen any faster than say Tunein or Weather Channel, two apps that have the Exit app option and don't open by themselves.

    It's not even like Android knows what programs to automatically close when memory runs low. The first thing it closes is a replacement launcher. Why? It's getting to the point of stupidity. I can't imagine what it's like to be someone with a hundred different apps on their phone.

    And I shouldn't have to root the phone and use yet another app to freeze programs. Not to mention I have talked to some very knowledgeable people on the Phandroid forums I go to frequently who say that freezing an app doesn't neccessarily keep it from opening when an associated app is opnened, like how the Gallery opens when I open the camera. Of course there's no need to open the Gallery just because I use the camera. I don't even use the stock Gallery, I use Quickpix. Let me take a picture, save it and EXIT out of the camera, which of course does not have an Exit option. If I want to view the pic, I will open up whichever photo gallery program I want to use.

    Honestly, people who defend this are the same type of people that would be screaming against Microsoft if Windows worked like this.
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