Will Nokia Bring an LTE-Equipped Lumia 800 to AT&T?

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AT&T finally got its plans for an LTE network off the ground this year, and earlier this month it began sales of the first smartphones to take advantage of the new high-speed network. You already have a choice between the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid; what do you do if you’re not an Android fan? It’s anyone’s guess what Apple is planning for the next iPhone, but what about the possibilities for seeing some Windows Phone LTE hardware? A new rumor claims that Nokia’s been working with AT&T towards the goal of bringing the Lumia 800 to the carrier’s LTE network.

We’re not sure what side of the fence this rumor is coming from, as The Verge attributes it only to “people familiar with the matter”. Supposedly, one of the reasons the 800 hasn’t launched in the US is because Nokia wanted to wait until it could give the 800 a grander debut by having the handset introduce LTE to Windows Phone. That’s going to mean some kind of new software, but the sources behind this rumor weren’t clear if this would consist of a Nokia-specific update, or would require waiting for Tango; we’ve seen Tango associated with the introduction of LTE before.

There’s no word on when this 800 LTE might be ready for a release, but if it’s real, there’s a chance we’ll get to see it at the CES in January.

Source: The Verge

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