AT&T is investing heavily in the Nokia Lumia 900 and spending more money on the Windows Phone handset launch than it did on the iPhone, according to a report in Ad Age.
The wireless carrier may be spending as much as US$150 million to advertise the phone, which is an AT&T exclusive. This is a lot of money, even for a carrier like AT&T and leaves everyone wondering why it would spend so much on a platform that is losing market share.
Ad Age claims that, after years of exceptional sales, AT&T's smartphone growth is slowing now that the iPhone is available on Verizon and Sprint. Rather than rely only on the iPhone alone, AT&T is looking for another exclusive, blockbuster phone that'll boost its subscribers. Right now, according to Ad Age, that phone is the flashy Nokia Lumia 900.
Update: A report from The Verge calls into question the $150 million figure from Ad Age. Sources familiar with the matter say the actual dollar amount is much lower than $150 million and more in line with any high-profile phone launch.
The Verge also points out that Ad Age uses a comScore report to claim that AT&T's smartphone penetration is slowing. A look at the quarterly earnings shows that Verizon's smartphone ownership grew 5 percent between Q3 2011 and Q4 2011, while AT&T increased a very close 4.2 percent.
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- Key specs
- Reviews • 39
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 4.7 inches
- Internal memory 16 GB
- Camera 8 megapixels
- Dimensions 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in
- Weight 4.55 oz
- Released 2014-09-19
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