The Three UK Twitter team has revealed company plans to stock the Lumia 920 in the future, which is currently exclusive to EE. This follows a detailed blog post by Vodafone who have stated they intend to offer the Nokia flagship Windows Phone in early 2013. We expect both network operators (among others) to start shipping Lumia 920s when the green light for 4G is given.
Three has sported Windows Phones since Microsoft launched the platform back in 2010, and the continued support will be welcomed by subscribers who may be looking to upgrade in the new year. Should you not be able to wait for the Lumia 920, or if you're not into Nokia, the operator already has both the HTC 8X and HTC 8S available on plans.
@jd_and_mendez We can confirm as of today that we will be yes :-) >Ros— ThreeUK (@ThreeUK) December 21, 2012
Nokia has chosen a different path with the Windows Phone 8 generation of hardware, opting for an exclusive partnership with a single operator. This has differed from its usual strategy to get its mobile devices into as many hands as possible. Fortunately this period will be drawing to a close soon, and EE's exclusivity with not only the flagship Nokia Windows Phone, but 4G as well, will be no more.
The Three UK website is not reporting the Lumia 920 as "coming soon" so we'll hold our breath until official confirmation, whether it be the addition of the Lumia 920 on the "coming soon" section of the website, or a detailed article on the Three blog. That said it has been affirmed by its Twitter account handlers, who should have adequate access to internal information to answer such queries.
We'll be sure to update when we have concrete evidence that Three will be stocking the Lumia 920. Until then be sure to expect such announcements by major UK networks in the near future - especially with how Windows Phone appears to be in the headlines for all the right reasons lately.
Source: Twitter; thanks, Joel, for the heads up!