Based on its sources, Reuters is reporting that Nokia is indeed planning to unveil a Lumia 610, low-cost Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress on February 27th. They were also able to confirm that Nokia has plans to announce a global version of the Lumia 900 device which is set to come exclusively to AT&T in March.
It is believed that the 610 will be a low-end, pay-as-you-go type device, which will enable both Nokia and Microsoft to hit very low price points and ship many devices in different markets. News and reports of a global version of the Lumia 900 has been rolling around the rumor mill for a few weeks and given the success of the 800 in Europe, it’s no surprise that Nokia is announcing a high-end version as well.
Given the current state of the smartphone market, it is very important for both Nokia and Microsoft to reach as broad a user base with their Windows Phones as soon as possible. Having devices from a very low-end to a very high-end and shipping in many different markets gives the two companies the best chance to compete with the two established platform leaders, Apple and Google.