Last week it was announced that Nokia's upcoming flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 920, will be an AT&T exclusive. While that announcement might have upset Windows Phone fans who aren't subscribers to AT&T, today's announcement from Nokia might give them renewed hope.
Today, Nokia and T-Mobile jointly announced the Lumia 810 - a T-Mobile-exclusive version of the already announced Lumia 820. The specs for the Lumia 810 are nearly identical to those of the 820, which was announced alongside the Lumia 920 as a more value-priced option. If the Lumia 820 can be slightly modified and called an "exclusive," then the same might happen for the Lumia 920 for Verizon or other carriers.
“We’re providing our customers with a unique Windows Phone 8 experience by offering an exclusive device paired with our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan and a comprehensive set of enhanced features,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president of product management at T-Mobile USA. “The Nokia Lumia 810 gives customers speedy 4G access to T-Mobile’s nationwide network and the content and features they want, whenever they need it. From navigation tools to an enhanced camera, the Lumia 810 provides a great value and a high-quality experience.”
T-Mobile didn't mention what the Lumia 810 will cost, though it almost certainly won't cost as much as a Galaxy S III or other high-end smartphones. The company also didn't specify exactly when it will be released, though it did say the device will be available "in the coming weeks."