Nokia Lumia 900 buyers should grab the opportunity to purchase the Finnish phone maker’s flagship Windows Phone device in the US, especially now that it only costs 50 percent less.
US telecoms carrier AT&T has decided to cut the smartphone’s two-year contract price to $49.99. The Lumia 900 is available in four different casings: blue, white, black, and pink.
Previously sold for $99, the Lumia 900 comes with a 4.3-inch display, a 1.4 GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss optics.
Unfortunately, the phone will not receive a Windows Phone 8 upgrade. However, Microsoft promised that the handset will receive a Windows Phone 7.8 update, which will enhance its start screen but will not have the new APIs needed for more advanced mobile apps.
According to Nielsen’s study, Microsoft still has to gain traction in the mobile market, especially in the US. The research firm found that the software giant’s outdated Windows Mobile platform still leads the newer and more capable Windows Phone platform, with 3 percent and 1.3 percent market shares last month. Although Microsoft and Nokia have a solid tie-up, Windows Phone devices from Samsung and HTC still captured an aggregate 0.5 percent compared to Nokia’s 0.3 percent.
Nielsen, however, also released a recent survey initiated by Nokia to determine the satisfaction rate of Lumia 900 of handset owners living in the US. It found that 96 percent of all Lumia 900 owners are really or quite satisfied with the handset while 95 percent would recommend it to friends. Around 83 percent said the smartphone exceeded their expectations.