3 years ago
Nokia kicks off US advertising campaign with a Beta Test, takes on the iPhone
There is little doubt that Nokia has the deep pockets, ingenuity and cleverness to make an effective advertising campaign for the AT&T Lumia 900. The question is, when will "Operation Rolling Thunder", their nickname for their advertising bombardment of the US begin and what will it entail?
Part of that question is now answered with the site 'Smartphone Beta Test' (www.smartphonebetatest.com) which is a bold and humorous attempt on taking on Apple's iPhone. The site features a countdown clock that expires on April 6th and a video of a man who looks a whole lot like ex-Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell sitting in a chair, being bored as he waits for the countdown to expire.
Below that section we see three videos that directly take on the iPhone: Exhibit A "Outside", Exhibit B "Sick Golfer" and Exhibit C "Death Grip". All three videos feature marketing people sitting around a conference room discussing a blurred out, un-named device that is clearly an iPhone. One of the members raises a problem with the device e.g. the famed iPhone death-grip while the other two mercilessly mock him for even caring.
From here we can see one of Nokia's angles for selling the Lumia 900: they will directly be picking a fight with AT&T's former 'hero' device, Apple's iPhone (in addition to possibly any other "beta" phones, which for us brings to mind Google's Android). It is certainly a risky move but if any company can do this, it would be Nokia.
What's interesting is the site currently has the Nokia name crossed out and there is no mention of the Lumia 900 just yet, but we know it's them. For one, the colors of the site are very much a part of the Nokia "Amazing Everyday" campaign and the whole design screams Nokia. And while their domain lookup tells us little (it was registered by proxy, so no information), there is some solid proof it is them behind the site. By looking at the source code for the web page we can see a single Java script link-back to Nokia.com (see above image), which seals the deal for us.
We look forward to see what happens with the site in 5 days and the following Tweets (#BetaPhone) that go with it. Currently those hashtag tweets are done by just a few people, notably from Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners an ad agency which is probably behind this whole Nokia project.
Update: As noted in comments by wp7rocks, going to the site's images directory reveals AT&T and Nokia items. The most curious is this one, calling every other smartphone in "the last 5 year years" a "tester".
Update 2: Reports have come in noting that a teaser ad of this has shown on TV during some NBA games today. You can watch it here.
Source: Smartphone Beta Test; Thanks, cmunic8r99, for the link
3 years ago
Techark Solutions giving away Mood Swing shirts and mugs
Techark Solutions, the company behind a number of Windows Phone apps including Mood Swing and RedMinder, is giving away Mood Swing branded t-shirts and mugs on Facebook. Mood Swing, which is available for both Windows Phone and iOS, features the following:
Easily track your moods using our beautiful expressions
Pick from a personalized list of mood images
Attach a photo with your mood entry (camera or pick from gallery)
Share your Mood Swing on both facebook & twitter in one easy step
Become aware of your own emotions and improve your life
Customize your specific mood situations and categories
Be sure to enter the giveaway, by providing your name, gender, email and desired shirt size, before the closing date of April 12th. Open to U.S. residents only (T&Cs). What mood are you in?
Source: Facebook (Techark Solutions)
3 years ago
Globe Telecom giving away free Lumia 800, pre-orders now available for P1,499
Globe Telecom are celebrating the upcoming release of the Lumia 800 Windows Phone by giving one away for free on Twitter. Partnering up with Nokia, the carrier has a shiny new 800 to give away to a lucky Twitter user. So how does one enter this small contest?
Simply tweet @enjoyGlobe with your favourite Nokia handset and when you purchased it, followed by "I want a Nokia Lumia 800 from Globe! #GlobeLumia800". It's that simple, and you'll then have a good chance of pocketing your own 800 for absolutely nothing at all.
Be sure to get your tweets in now to be in with a chance of winning a free Lumia 800 as we're told it's only open for today. You can now also pre-order the Lumia 800 from Globe for just P1,499 /mo, which are expected to be available by April 16th.
Source: @enjoyGlobe; thanks Bon for the heads up!
3 years ago
AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 sold out of pre-orders? Probably not.
There are reports being circulated on the web that the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 has sold out of pre-orders. We've received several tips from readers indicating they've received notification that reads along the lines of,
The items in your order are currently out of stock and will be shipped when inventory becomes available. When the items in your order ship, we'll send you an email with the ship tracking number(s).
Before you panic and think that the AT&T warehouse has run out of Lumia 900's remember, the phone is backordered because it hasn't been released yet. As we understand things, because the Lumia 900 hasn't been released yet i.e. stocked on shelves, the system sees the phone as "backordered" or not in stock. We still are expecting the Lumia 900s to ship within the next few days and for AT&T to have plenty on hand at the retail stores on April 9th (along with the HTC Titan II).
Of course there is always the slight chance that AT&T became so overwhelmed with pre-orders that the supply just isn't there--who knows what the response so far has been to Nokia's latest effort. It's possible, but unless Nokia had a very tight supply we don't really think that has happened yet. Still, we'll keep an eye on this for any further developments.
We've got a discussion going on over in the WPCentral Forums on all this or you can express your thoughts in the comments section.
Thanks, everyone, for tipping us on this!
3 years ago
Developer Interview: Richard Castle from Igneous Software
This week we've had the pleasure in being joined by Richard Castle of Igneous Software, the brains behind the BBC Radio apps and upcoming BBC Podcast Lounge. As well as a solution for BBC radio streaming, the Podcast Lounge offers Windows Phone users Metro-influenced access to the BBC catalogue of programs. Castle walks us through his background in software development and how he started up the covered projects.
Head on past the break for the full interview.
3 years ago
Bazaar, another homebrew marketplace for your unlocked Windows Phone
Bazaar is a Windows Phone alternative marketplace designed to provide both users and developers a means to share and install homebrew apps easily to your unlocked Windows Phone. Bazaar hosts and shares only free homebrew apps and is similar to the Deepshining Marketplace we mentioned some time ago.
While Bazaar has been available from the PC, it's now available through the Bazaar Windows Phone app. It functions just like your Windows Phone Marketplace app but delivers homebrew apps to your phone instead.
Bazaar supports a wide range of unlocked Windows Phones. Developer unlocked devices can browse apps from the Bazaar app but must install them via the Bazaar for PC application. Fully unlocked devices can browse, share, manage, and install apps directly from the Bazaar app.
If you're into homebrewing on your Windows Phone and are looking for an alternative marketplace, Bazaar might be worth looking into. You can find all the details and download both the Bazaar app and Bazaar PC application here at Bazaar's website.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Review: Lazy Town Airship Challenge
Here's a short take on a Windows Phone game with a lengthy title. Lazy Town Airship Challenge (or Airship Challenge for short) is an arcade styled game for your Windows Phone that has you flying the friendly skies, shooting down fruit (referred to as sports candy in the game).
You have six cartoon characters to choose from ranging from Sportacus to Ziggy and three gaming levels. The higher the level, the faster the game's pace. The game screen for Airship Challenge is the view from your airplane's cockpit. Your current score and the most recent piece of fruit blasted from the sky is in the upper left corner, your power level is to the upper right, and your game timer to the lower right.
You pilot the airplane with your Windows Phone's tilt sensors and fire your airplanes weapon by tapping the red button on the planes yoke/joy stick/handle bars. Fruit will begin falling from the skies and you simply shoot as many as you can before time runs out.
There are a few dangers involved with Airship Challenge. Occasionally bombs will drop from the sky and if you hit one, you lose a little of your power. Hit enough to run out of power and the games over.
For the most part, Airship Challenge is a cute game for your Windows Phone that your kids will probably enjoy more than you will. The fire controls are in an awkward location and the cockpit view a little cluttered. The graphics are nice but with the help, mute and pause buttons on the game screen it feels a little cramped. I would have rather seen the Windows Phone Back Button pause the game and pull up the help and settings menu. Airship Challenge isn't necessarily a bad game it just lacks that intangible quality that pulls you into a game. Maybe levels where you have to achieve a certain score?
Again, Airship isn't a bad game it just might not appeal to everyone. Lazy Town Airship Challenge is a free game for your Windows Phone and you can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
Nokia granted patent for new Windows Phone design, matches leak from 2011
Nokia was reacently granted a patent (D655,698) with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in early March for a new smartphone "ornamental" design . What makes the filing interesting though is that it seemingly matches what appears to be prototypes from a supposed Nokia promotional video leaked last August (see stills below).
At the time, that video and phones shown within, were thought to be fake but alas, they happen to look exactly like those now revealed in the granted patent. You want more? As pointed out by LiveSide.net, the day that promo video hit the internet, August 10th, was the same day that the patent was filed.
That certainly makes things a bit interesting.
No doubt Nokia has more deigns in the works for their new Windows Phone line up. The USPTO images clearly show the typical Windows Phone buttons on the right hand side: Volume, Power and camera, matching that of their Lumia 610, 800 and 900 devices (the 710 has power on the top). What remains to be seen, however, is whether this is low-end, mid-range or high-end device, assuming it ever gets made.
Watch the pulled Nokia promo video after the break...
Source: USPTO; via MyNokiaBlog, LiveSide.net, Nokiaport.de
3 years ago
Amazon Wireless now offering the Lumia 900 for a penny
You can add Amazon Wireless to the list of third party retailers offering the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 up for pre-order. While Wal-Mart is offering the new Windows Phone for $49.99, Amazon Wireless has it for a penny (new contracts).
The off-contract price is at $499.99 and upgrade price is at $119.99. All of which is a little surprising in that Amazon often has a slightly better deal than AT&T's retail stores. Not always but more times than not.
You do get free two day shipping from Amazon Wireless but there's no indication whether or not you'll receive the new Windows Phone on April 6th. Amazon Wireless is offering both the cyan and black models of the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 and this may be an option to consider should if you have an Amazon Gift Card that's collecting dust, we start to see supply issues or if you just feel like charging a penny to one of your major credit cards.
You can find Amazon Wireless's listing for the black Lumia 900 here and the cyan version over here.
3 years ago
Pre-Order the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 for free!
While the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 already has an attractive price tag, want to make it more attractive? There is a way to take an extra hundred bucks off the price tag.
Just follow this link and choose the "New to AT&T" button at the bottom of the screen. Choose your Nokia Lumia 900 (black or cyan), your voice plan and your data plan. When you're ready to check out, a discount of $100 will be applied to the $99 price tag. With free shipping the total due at check out, notta.
The savings isn't restricted to the Lumia 900 and might still be around when the HTC Titan II becomes available on April 8th. The deal is only available for new accounts and you can't escape the $36 activation fee (it will be applied to your first bill). And while we all will groan at the increased activation fee, it is a small price to pay for a free Lumia 900.
Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Review: Globe Trotter
3 years ago
Pre-order the Lumia 900 from Walmart for just $49.99
AT&T has switched on Lumia 900 pre-orders on their website store, and is offering the 4G Windows Phone for $99 on contract. Should you wish to be aware of another enticing deal, Walmart has the same Lumia 900 listed for just $49.99 (with a 2-year plan), saving $50 on top of the AT&T price. Available to pre-order in both black and cyan, Windows Phone Daily reports that this offer is also eligible for those who seek upgrades.
Interestingly, buying the Lumia 900 outright will set the purchaser back by $499.99--$50 more than AT&T. Should you desire the white version, do note that we expect this version to be available on April 22nd and only in-store at AT&T outlets.
Source: Walmart (black, cyan), via: Windows Phone Daily
3 years ago
AT&T Online Pre-order for the Nokia Lumia 900 now live
Although it took some time for AT&T to hit the refresh button on their site, we're happy to report you can now officially pre-order the Nokia Lumia 900 online.
That's right, in theory you won't have to actually talk to a human being to order the latest and greatest from the 'Ma Bell and their Finnish partners. Selling for $449.99 off-contract or $99 with one, the Lumia 900 is a good deal which ever way you purchase. What's more, we're told if you order soon you can get the phone by April 6th, a full two days before the stores will sell 'em to everyone else.
The 4.3" device with an AMOLED screen, 8MP camera (1MP front), 16GB of storage and 4G LTE is available in Cyan and Matte Black for now. For those who want the Glossy White, you'll have to wait till April 22nd and we're told only in-store purchases for that version.
To start your preorder, simply go to AT&T's site here.
3 years ago
Official Plex Mobile Media Player release imminent for Windows Phone
For those of you with Home Theater PC setups that use Plex Media Center for software, you'll be excited to know that the company is about to release their Mobile app for Windows Phone.
Plex (see site) is a very popular software package that includes a server and PC software for viewing your movies, music and photos wherever, whenever. It's also available on iOS, Mac, the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, making it a fairly robust option for those with families and gigs of hardware space for storing their media. On top of that, the volunteer developer community around the project ensures that services like Hulu, Netflix and other sites get supported via plugins.
Evidently, the company has been working on a client for Windows Phone for sometime as it has already been submitted to the Marketplace and is waiting for approval. In a newly created sub-forum on their site for Windows Phone, both a Plex developer and Plex blogger Elan both chimed in on the matter:
"You should take a forum being created for it as a good sign"
"The app has been approved by Microsoft, and we're in the process of making it live in the store! "
So now all there is left to do is wait until the app shows up in the Marketplace, which could take a few days. The app should have the same functionality as the iOS and Android variants, giving users the ability to stream all their media on the go with a slick interface. We'll keep you posted.
Take a peek after the break to see the iPhone version in action. Needless to say, it's a nice app...
Source: Plex Forums; Thanks, Sean M., for the heads up!
3 years ago
Pre-orders for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900, any success?
Update 2:30PM EST: Online orders are now live
The highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 is due to hit store shelves over at AT&T on April 9th (unless your local store is open on Easter and it will be the 8th) and was slated to be available for pre-order today. But in looking at AT&T's website and reading comments in the WPCentral forums, online pre-ordering isn't an option right now.
We have read of success stories from those who pre-ordered in stores and by calling AT&T's Customer Service (1-888-333-6651). But even then the pre-ordering wasn't as smooth as expected.
WPCentral reader ganks was told the estimated arrival date for the Lumia 900 was 2-3 weeks but then received a confirmation email stating the Lumia 900 would ship in 3-5 days. outofelement shared via the WPCentral Tip Line that he was told by AT&T Customer Service that pre-ordering was only available in-store. Finally, with regards to online pre-orders, tjwheels was informed by AT&T Premiere Service that online pre-ordering would be available after 3pm today (CST?).
I called the local AT&T store to get a feel for the local conditions. While the AT&T Sales Rep had to be reminded that AT&T was carrying the Lumia 900, he found it in the computer and said delivery was expected on April 9th for in-store pick-up. I asked about home delivery and he wasn't sure if it would arrive sooner or later than in-store pick-up.
While it may not be the smoothest pre-order campaign around, it does appear that readers have successfully pre-ordered their AT&T Lumia 900. Most of the success has come from in-store orders and if we get any information on online pre-orders, we'll pass it on.
In the meantime, feel free to share you Lumia 900 pre-order experiences in the comments.
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