Nokia shrugs off fear of Lumia 900's obsolescence

Although current Windows Phone devices, like the Nokia Lumia 900, won't be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, one Nokia executive has said that it's not nearly as big of a deal as some might think.

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"I think that, ultimately, your typical customer probably isn't all that aware of this upgrade thing," Kevin Shields, Nokia senior vice president of program and product management, told The Verge. "I definitely think, with products like the Lumia 900, where a consumer walks in and buys that product, they're getting great value and they're getting a great offering that's going to have a long lifetime of innovation."

Shields was also quick to point out that the Lumia 900, like other current Windows Phone 7 devices, will receive the Windows Phone 7.8 update, delivering the new Start Screen interface found in Microsoft's upcoming mobile operating system.

Microsoft's decision to not provide an upgrade to Windows Phone 8 has, of course, incited some strong reactions on both sides of the debate. Those in favour say that it's about time Microsoft moves beyond its penchant for legacy support, forcing all stakeholders into the next-generation. Others aren't sure why the company would so quickly turn its back on devices like the Lumia 900.

"Well, it's clear now, everyone should have waited for the Windows Phone 8 version of the Lumia," CNET executive editor Roger Cheng wrote in a commentary on the Lumia line. "Rather than a flagship phone, it now appears more like a stopgap to something better."

Shields, of course, disagrees. In his interview with The Verge, he said the Lumia 900 is still worth "recommending".


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MandyD posted a comment   

I bought a lumia 900 it's ok phone but it's feels like a 1st generation phone but in reality it's the last of its type. It carries the hollow promise of support and upgrades that only time will tell what the actuality is.I have tried to talk to Nokia but they tell you how you should feel about the exciting lack of a upgrade path. They don't bother to listen.So here is my recommendation read the Cnet review, Think twice about does it have to be Nokia or Microsoft. Then read about wp 7.5 and wp 8 and possibly the wp 6.5 hd 2 saga before giving up your cash.


Trixalator posted a comment   

That sucks. I bought an 800 with the understanding that I'd get WP8.

I wish I had a Palm Pre3... Best OS I've used on a phone.

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