Noka has reportedly been in talks with Everything Everywhere to launch an LTE Windows Phone in the UK, according to the Financial Times. The Everything Everywhere carrier is the parent company of both Orange and T-Mobile UK, and has had authorization from UK communications regular Ofcom to begin using their very own 1800 MHz spectrum to offer both LTE and WiMAX services. This will be bringing some increased network capabilities to customers of both UK carriers, though, it is still unknown as to which Nokia Windows Phone will be featured to launch on upgraded networks. Other United Kingdom carriers who currently desire to construct their own LTE/4G networks are going to have to wait until next year, including carrier like Vodafone, O2 and Three. It looks like Everything Everywhere has the big advantage right now.
The Financial Times has also noted that Nokia is possibly looking to plan a potential November launch with Everything Everywhere. If this deal gets signed between the two companies, we’ll surely be seeing a new approach from Nokia, the Finnish manufacturer – Nokia being able to strike an exclusive partnership in the UK as they have done in the past with AT&T and the Lumia 900 in the United States.
It’s also very likely that this move could start up different complaints from consumers, who would prefer that Nokia’s array of Windows Phones to be made available across a couple of different carriers. Although, a lot of UK carriers have been very slow to actually pick the Windows Phone in general and effectively market it to consumers. I’d like to see Nokia get as many of their phones in consumers as possible as they weren’t doing so well a while back. I’d hate to see the company go out of business or file bankruptcy as they are actually one of the better companies out there with innovation still left in them (that’s just my opinion though).
Both the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 are contenders for the launch in the UK and are both very solid Windows Phones. Phones 4u has even set out to sport both of the devices in its inventory, but gave no information on any sort of carrier availability, pricing or even a release date. Hopefully that information will be released soon, but for now we’re just going to have to wait.
Hopefully we’ll be hearing more info on this soon. We’ll make sure to keep you updated if we manage to see anything else!
What do you think of this news? Are you excited to see Nokia launching a handset in the United Kingdom on the Everything Everywhere 4G LTE network? It sounds like a robust phone and perfect move for Nokia to get back into their game. What do you think about Nokia entering in in an exclusive partnership with UK carriers? Should they just make the phone avaialble for the broad audience or is exclusivity good? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your opinion!