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

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • They sold all 2 of them?
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