Nokia’s Stephen Elop Alludes To Verizon Flagship Lumia
If you want to check out the Lumia 920, Nokia’s best and brightest handset of the moment, right now your only carrier option in the US is AT&T. Lumia fans who’d prefer to go with Verizon have been stuck with the Lumia 822 as Nokia’s only available option. From the sound of things, Nokia intends to do something about that, and there could be a version of the 920, or maybe even an all-new flagship Lumia, in the works for the carrier.
In an interview with CNET, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talked at some length about his time at Nokia, the company’s decision to go with Windows Phone, and its experiences selling Lumia models. While he defended the company’s decision to make the 920 and AT&T exclusive in the States, helping to ensure the carrier would give it the attention it deserved, he also hinted that Verizon could be about to get its own taste of a high-end Lumia:
There might be another similar hero exercise with a different operator. In this particular moment, the opportunity with the Lumia 920 presented well with AT&T. And we’re pleased to have just restarted our relationship with Verizon. We are planning a lot of exciting things with Verizon as well.
When pressed on the issue, Elop declined to elaborate, and reiterated that “a lot of exciting things with Verizon” are in Nokia’s plans.
We haven’t heard rumors about a Verizon version of the 920 in a while, but that could certainly be on the table once AT&T’s period of exclusivity lapses. Something all-new would be even more exciting; whatever it ends up being, we’re sure Verizon users are just happy to hear that something may be on the way.