Microsoft to Start Selling Unlocked Lumia 800s [UPDATE]
Yesterday’s official reveal of the Lumia 900 on AT&T LTE may have stolen a bit of thunder from the Lumia 800, but there are no doubt still plenty of users left who would love the chance to get their hands on the Windows Phone device. While we’ve already heard about T-Mobile getting the 710, and we know where the 900 will make its debut, we’ve yet to see a US carrier embrace the 800. If you’re tired of waiting for one to add the 800 to its stable, Microsoft may have you covered, as it’s announced plans to start selling unlocked Lumia 800 handsets through its retail locations.
Admittedly, Microsoft doesn’t have a vast retail presence, with stores is just over a dozen cities, and interested parties could always just import a Lumia 800 if so interested. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.
Update: 3G band support for the 800’s US release has been confirmed with Nokia, and it’s not good news for T-Mobile fans; the 800 will support AT&T’s frequencies, with no 1700MHz.
When we saw the phone hit the FCC, it only received certification for frequencies needed for AT&T operation. At the time, we took that for evidence that the phone may find a home on the carrier, but with the 900 arriving, that’s seeming less likely.