We’ve been waiting for the launch of the Lumia 929 for quite a while now, and last month something odd starting happening with the phone’s name. First the phone’s seemingly internal codename Icon was leaked – now, we’re well used to such codenames coming out at the beginning of a phone’s history, but usually we leave those behind as we focus on model numbers and launch names – so why was it popping up then, months after the 929 hit our radar? It didn’t take long before the story started getting even more interesting, suggesting that Icon wasn’t a codename at all, but how the phone would actually be launched – throwing a brick through the plate glass window of Nokia’s number-based Lumia naming. While we’d been unsure how all this would play out in the end, today we seem to get our answer, with a Verizon page clearly identifying the phone as the Lumia Icon.
Now, we can’t say if this really means a launch is imminent, or if someone at Verizon just made a little goof in making something on a test site publicly accessible, but rumors had already suggested that sales could begin next week, on January 14. Then again, we also heard about a February launch, but today’s find sure us optimistic that January’s still in the running.
What do you think, Windows Phone fans? Are you ready for this brave new world, or would you have preferred to see the Icon arrive as the 929, instead?
Update: Case makers seem to have committed to the Lumia Icon name, as well.