T-Mobile to bring Nokia Lumia 710 smartphone to U.S. in January

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T-Mobile is bringing the Nokia Lumia 710 smartphone to the U.S. in January, the companies announced Wednesday.

The entry-level phone is the first Windows Phone from Nokia in the U.S. and is targeted at the 150 million Americans who have yet to make the transition to smartphones.

The Nokia Lumia 710, capable of running on T-Mobile’s 4G network, ‘delivers high-performance hardware, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, and access to popular smartphone applications and services from Windows Phone Marketplace,’ the companies said in a statement.

The phone provides one-click access services such as Netflix and also gives users access to signature Nokia experiences, including voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation.


‘Windows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends,’ said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer of T-Mobile USA. ‘We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012.’

Brodman noted that the company’s research showed ‘nearly everybody in the U.S. wants a smartphone,’ but many couldn’t afford one.

Chris Weber, president of Nokia Americas, said the Nokia Lumia 710 was the ideal ‘first-time smartphone’ that delivered the most compelling Windows Phone experience in its price range.

‘This is the perfect first Nokia Lumia experience and the start of our reentry into the U.S. smartphone market,’ Weber said.

Available in a black or white finish, the Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7-inch scratch-resistant display and a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor. It also has a 5-megapixel camera with Nokia’s camera technology, enabling people to take pictures in almost any light and share the shot on social networks in seconds.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is scheduled to be available online and at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide starting Jan. 11. The smartphone is expected to cost $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice-and-data plan.


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-- Andrea Chang