updated 06:10 am EDT, Wed April 25, 2012
Nokia struggling to match demand for Lumia 900
Nokia's UK Lumia 900 launch originally anticipated to launch April 27 has been bumped back to 'around May 14,' the reportedly the result of stronger than expected demand for the flagship Windows Phone 7 device in the US. The company has said that demand for the device is outstripping supply and that it is ramping up production of the Lumia 900 so that can strike a better balance between supply and demand.
'The overwhelming demand for the Lumia 900 in the US with AT&T has, unfortunately, had a small knock-on effect on product availability in the UK,' a Nokia spokesperson told V3. 'The Lumia 900 is now expected to be available from Phones4U around May 14.'
Nokia had indicated that retail channel supplies would be constrained as it worked to ensure that customer demand for the LTE AT&T model was being adequately addressed. In particular the white and cyan models had experienced the greatest level of demand. AT&T has also said that sales of the Lumia 900 had exceeded its expectations.
News of strong sales for the handset will bring some small relief to the Finnish handset maker, which has been left reeling in the face of the iPhone and Android smartphone onslaught. Yesterday its shares were downgraded to junk status, while its financial results for Q1 resulted in a $775 million loss as it has struggled to stem the rapidly dwindling sales of its now defunct Symbian-powered line of smartphones.
Nokia is yet to reveal official sales figures for its Windows Phone 7 range of devices.