Source: Nokia Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 launch delayed indefinitely, local telcos partly to blame
While I was testing the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 610 earlier today, I got the chance to speak with one of Nokia’s local marketing executives. As you may already know, it was announced last week that the Nokia Lumia 610 was going to be released here before the end of this month. I was really just asking very simple questions about the upcoming Lumia series phones when I was told that the local launch of the entire lineup has been delayed indefinitely. That means we won’t be seeing a local launch of the Nokia Lumia 610 any time soon. Neither will we see the Nokia Lumia 900 hit stores before the end of this month. And as far as the local telcos Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are concerned, Nokia cannot bring in retail units of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 to sell on its own because it has given up exclusive rights to sell the said handsets here in the country. Nokia Also planned to start a VR computer brand which there we covered in one of our article and for the same you can check Best Laptops for VR.
Up until this afternoon, I had no idea that there was actually an agreement between Nokia and the local telcos that only they, Globe and Smart, could market the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 here in the Philippines. And as it turns out, this agreement is also part of why the official launch has been delayed again and again.
Originally, the Lumia series phones were scheduled for an “early 2012″ worldwide release. And according to the person that I spoke with, the Nokia Lumia 610 at least was supposed to have been scheduled for a release during the first week of April. But again, because of the arrangements that Nokia had with the two local telcos here, they’ve had to delay the official launch multiple times, and now they can’t even say for sure when the official launch is going to be in May.
I’ve been told that it’s going to happen next month for sure, though, as Nokia is already hard at work in ironing out all the details. Apparently, because of the demands of the local telcos concerning their own exclusive launches, Nokia has had to delay the actual, official launch to make sure that everything is taken care of for new postpaid Lumia handset users.
For prospective Nokia Lumia 610 owners, you’ll just have to wait a bit more for that particular Windows Phone Mango device to hit local shores. And expect the wait to be even longer if it’s the Nokia Lumia 900 that you’re waiting for.