Nokia's newly revealed Lumia 920 could be the key to restoring the company's standing in the high-end arena, which means there will be several carriers making a bet on the handset's success. A report from the Financial Times sheds light on Nokia's strategy as it searches to strike exclusivity deals with operators. It appears as though joint venture Everything Everywhere seems like a prime contender to enlist:
The FT has learnt that it has been in talks with Everything Everywhere, owned by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, about a potential November launch.
It would mean that the group could be the first to sell a smartphone using the Windows 8 platform, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Everything Everywhere in particular makes quite a bit of sense as an exclusive partner, since it will be the first UK operator to flip the switch on an LTE network in the UK. Thus Nokia would benefit since they could market the Lumia 920 as one of the country's premier LTE smartphones. We also know for a fact that this arrangement is possible, since the Lumia 920 leverages a pentaband radio with support for almost every well-established LTE network in the world.
This new report builds on a similar story from July, also from Financial Times, which had pointed out that Nokia was negotiating with operators to invest some of their own capital into launching the device. For Americans this arrangement is hardly groundbreaking news since all of the carriers have their own exclusive networks, but this is a departure for Nokia in the standardized UK market. Hopefully the deal won't last too long so those who prefer other operators can have the freedom to pick up and use a next-generation Lumia of their own.
Source: Financial Times