Nokia and T-Mobile announce U.S. press event for December 14, Lumia 710 Windows Phone?

By Tom Warren, on 7th Dec 11 10:28 pm with 22 Comments

Nokia and T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that they plan to hold a press event on December 14.

The invitation, reported by The Verge, appears to hint at a Windows Phone announcement. Pink and white tiles are present and the invite teases “something exciting.” Nokia’s Lumia 710 device recently passed testing at the FCC and appears to be heading to T-Mobile. The device has been passed on the T-Mobile-unique 3G 1700 band, as well as 850 and 1900 GSM bands. This could indicate that T-Mobile is planning to stock the Lumia 710 in the coming months. Nokia introduced the Lumia 710 at its Nokia World event in October. The Nokia Lumia 710 will ship as an affordable Windows Phone in white and black colors. The back of the device has replaceable covers that will match the colors of Windows Phone.

Nokia previously listed the Lumia 710 on its U.S. pages earlier this year. The device was marked as “coming soon” and the FCC tests could indicate that it’s nearly ready for U.S. markets. The Nokia Lumia 710 includes the following specifications:

  • 3.7-inch LCD ClearBlack Display
  • 1.4 GHz single-core processor
  • Exchangeable back covers
  • 5 MP camera, auto-focus, LED flash

Nokia is also understood to be preparing its U.S. Windows Phones for an announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2012. The Finnish handset maker is working with AT&T to launch its Nokia Lumia Windows Phone at CES 2012. Microsoft is planning to support Nokia’s re-entry into the U.S. market with a large presence at CES 2012. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have indicated to WinRumors that Nokia is in talks with several U.S. carriers to provide an LTE compatible handset as its first U.S. Windows Phone device. AT&T is expected to be the primary launch partner of any Nokia Windows Phone devices in the United States. Nokia is also in talks with other U.S. carriers to bring its Windows Phone devices to market on rival networks.

Windows Phone “Tango” is also set to feature on Nokia’s U.S. device. The update is believed to be an interim release between Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and the next-generation of Windows Phone, currently codenamed “Apollo.” Windows Phone build 7.10.8200 was recently discovered in server side logs of a Windows Phone application. A screenshot, believed to be a Tango build, also leaked and demonstrated a new device search feature for Windows Phones. Microsoft’s chasis 2 specifications (Tango) will also include a 480×320 BlackBerry style design and LTE support. The software giant is expected to ship Windows Phone “Apollo” with 1280×720 resolution and dual core CPU support.

Nokia T-Mobile announcement

  • http://twitter.com/OldCongress Gamer

    Isn’t that specs for Lumia 800? and if so, grats to T-Mobile finally having some decent WP to ATT

    • Anonymous

      * Exchangeable back covers 
      that’s a feature of the 710

  • Anonymous

    The Lumia 710 is exactly the phone they should be making their grand US debut with.  Us fat ass Americans want a 4.3 inch Lumia 800 style phone with 32GB of storage.

  • http://twitter.com/clubdirthill clubdirthill

    You should probably block out that address and e-mail…

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Thanks for spotting that :)

  • PG

    Unless t-mobile can come with a lumia 800 I will be switching to at&t.  It’s sad that is the case but t-mobile really needs to show they can offer better phones than the 710.  It’s likely nokia + at&t will bring out the lumia 900 (rumor) at or around ces 2012 so really at this point tmobile its time to up your game or prepare for more people to jump ship to at&t.

    • Anonymous

      I reluctantly switched to AT&T when Verizon kept giving the middle finger to WP.  I have to say that its actually been a good move as my costs are lower and service isn’t as bad as Apple fans bitched about.  Not sure about T-Mobiles prices and service, but it sure is nice to be on AT&T and see it getting all the windows phones.

    • PG

      Actually looking at their prepaid plans it looks to be cheaper on at&t.  You can buy the data plan separately with at&t and use pay as you go for phone minutes.  Right now on tmobile to have any reasonable amount of data you have to pay $30 and thats only for 30 mb of data, realistically you have to pay $50 a month.

      So it definately looks like I will be jumping ship to at&t.

    • Rob

      I jumped over to AT&T from Verizon when I was able to get an HTC Titan for one penny. Verizon was also more expensive. I also got a $25 app gift for the marketplace. The new xbox update is free, the new xbox live phone companion remote control is free. I’m starting to feel guilty not paying for all this cool stuff :)

    • Tom

      Traditionally, T-Mobile has had better prepaid plans than anyone else.  The situation completely changed in October, when T-Mobile made their prepaid plans more expensive, and AT&T made their prepaid plans cheaper.

      Basically, T-Mobile doesn’t want to be T-Mobile anymore.  They will either become AT&T, or die trying.  Meanwhile, AT&T is figuring that the takeover might not go through, so they might as well try to knock T-Mobile out of the one market that it used to dominate.

      And that’s how AT&T and T-Mobile traded places when it comes to prepaid affordability.

    • Tom

      Well, can you blame them for carrying a grudge against Microsoft after the Kin debacle?

      And Verizon turned out to be right, insofar as WinPhone has failed to take off in the first year of availability.  But of course, it’s hard to stay on top for long in the mobile market.  Consumes are fickle.

    • PG

      Thats was mainly due to Verizons fault by overcharging for the data service on the KIN.  They tried forcing a mandatory smartphone data plan price on  the KIN when it barely was able to do anything a smartphone could do.  It basically could do some messaging and emails, but Verizon got greedy.  Whose going to buy a device like that which barely does anything a smartphone can do but pay full pricing when you can get a full feature smartphone??  This device was to be marketed towards teenagers and that kind of pricing makes no sense when you can get an iphone at the time for the same monthly price.  Had they subsidized the data plan and charged a normal monthly voice price they would have sold the KIN like crazy.

    • Guest

      @3e295f1e8d025df06148541176650ec8:disqus 

      They did overcharge for the data plan. But if you read the background, MS missed their dates by more than a year due to internal fighting. And that meant the product arrived too late.  So Verizon was probably already pissed by the time they decided not to discount the data services.

    • Anonymous

      I am the last person that will defend the Kin.  Very dumb distraction for MS when they should have been focused on WP7 alone.  Honestly do not know what the hell MS was thinking.  But Verizon dropped the ball on that one by charging smartphone data prices.  Everyone thought they would come out with discounted prices for basically a feature phone, and they didn’t.

    • Brad

      agreed

  • Anonymous

    T mobile made android a success when no one else gave them a chance, hopefully they can do the same for nokia

    • Anonymous

      I think it was the Verizon Droid campaign that really got Android going.  I thought the first Google phone on T-Mobile was kind of a bust.

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Watch this crash and burn, another low end WP7 against a sea of dual core, HD screened androids pushed by biased fanboys. Be lucky if they sell 1000 the whole of 2012.

    • Ef_Off

      Look ^

  • Anonymous

    They want the Lumia 710 AND the Lumia 800. Why is this so hard?

  • Mike

    TMobile need the Lumia 800 to compete against the iPhone. They are theonly major carrier without an iPhone they had better make a push for the Lumia or they will go down…

  • Guest

    Doesn’t matter since T-Mobile’s network is horrible. 3G is a luxury for me and I live in a city.