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Nokia's Lumia 800 Reaching States on Feb 14 as 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?

  • "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?"

    Not at $899...
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  • jhansonxi
    "The bundle itself is reportedly aimed at Valentine's Day and gift shoppers looking for something unique."

    That's just good inventory management. Considering the price point and retailer, there isn't any reason to stock more than one.
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  • blurr91
    RollingHills"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?

    "Not at $899...
    I don't know...we are pretty stupid when it comes to buying crap for our women...
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  • Khimera2000
    Most Americans are content with spending 1000$ on a 400$ phone, as long as its hidden in the contract in the form of "Required Services", and they just see the up front price tag of 200 bucks.

    I think Microsoft is advertising to the wrong market on this one, tech heads might jump on if they see the value, but honestly how many people look beyond the pretty colors when they buy there phones? I've seen me family members shop, and they go for the shiniest crap, or the Apple stuff, absolutely clueless to the hardware that's running underneath.

    It would probably do well in countries that already have a strong market for unsubsidized phones, Asia, Europe, some South American countries come to mind...
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  • for $899, I'll just buy a nice Laptop.
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  • UmeNNis
    Let me know when you find that nice laptop that fits in your jeans and makes phone calls ;)
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  • razzb3d
    still wouldn't pay 900$ for something that runs WM. Paid 300$ for my Optimus Black. Contract-free of course.
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  • Tomtompiper
    Adequate hardware poor OS, equals middling phone. Report card, must try harder! Seriously Too little, too expensive to run and far too late to the game. Nokia should have ignored the quarter of a billion bribe and stuck with Meego.
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  • hiruu
    WHAT?!?!? How about some news on the 900 Microsoft!
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  • house70
    That price, in this economy? Bad move. People will get one online, un-bundled and unlocked. Stores will be forced to un-wrap their bundles in order to sell their stock.
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