Paul Thurott’s blogpost linked below attempts to explain Nokia’s rationale for having carrier exclusives for their new Nokia Lumia devices. I can see both sides of the argument, though I’m one to wish things weren’t exclusive to one carrier.
Apparently the sales of the 900 went better because of carrier exclusivity as opposed to the 800 which wasn’t carrier exclusive. But wait a minute, the Nokia Lumia 800 wasn’t even on a carrier in the US. Was it?
Paul Thurott doesn’t actually agree with Nokia’s strategy either. Neither do a lot of MNB readers leaving comments or folks commenting on other blogs. What about the networks they’re on?
Exclusivity may have temporarily worked for iPhone in a time when it was a very unique/different device. Now the iPhone and its competitors are everywhere on pretty much all networks. I can only see it working if the carrier puts significant resources into trying to sell your product with you.
Rebuilding relationships with carriers by getting a flagship Nokia on the network was a good first step. But don’t we need more now? What’s going on with Verizon/Sprint? Where are my Nokia Lumia for Verizon?