In the wake of the CES announcements by Nokia regarding their new flagship smartphone for the US, the Nokia Lumia 900, many users on other carriers besides AT&T feel a bit slighted that the “premiere carrier” for Windows Phone would be given exclusivity to what many perceive to be the best Windows Phone on the market. Neither Microsoft nor Nokia have confirmed whether the exclusivity for the 900 will be permanent and if not for how long, but according to a source of Paul Thurrott’s, the device may only be exclusive to AT&T for 45 days, then it’s game on. In fact, the 900 could then come to other carriers in the form of an upgraded device with a 12 megapixel camera, per his source.
Thurrott cites only one unnamed source for this rumor, so be advised that this is just that, a rumor, and has not been confirmed by any documentation or the companies involved. If this turns out to be correct it could mean that Nokia can shop their new device around on some other carriers (both US and global) after AT&T has had it for only a month and a half.
It’s long been my opinion that other carriers, especially, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, need at least a high-end device like this if they really want to see what kind of demand there might be for Windows Phone on their networks. Hopefully, this is a first step towards making this happen.