Just a couple days after the Lumia 900 showed up for sale on a Czech site, it looks like the its brethren Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 are headed that way too. Computerworld.cz is reporting that the two Nokias are coming to the Czech Republic on February 1. They will be available on all of the country's carriers (O2, T-mobile and Vodafone), along with the Electroworld retail chain and Alza.cz e-shop. Word is that the 710 will fetch about 7,990 CZK and the 800 an estimated 12 490 CZK.
The two handsets will come with the Nokia Collection, Nokia's own app marketplace, as well as a twist: a choice of search engines. Users will be able to select the factory-installed Bing search or opt for Czech search engine, Seznam.cz.
"Seznam.cz is a Czech company focused on the Czech market. We are glad that we got the opportunity to offer our users the Czech search. In cooperation with the Czech representation of Nokia, we modified the home page as searching and displaying results specifically for phones Lumia, to the best possible user experience, "says Ivan Mikula, product manager for mobile services Seznam.cz. (Please forgive the Google Translate)
The search engine option is surprising, given its tight integration in Windows Phone and Nokia's close relationship with Microsoft. However, it's also a great way for Nokia, and Microsoft for that matter, to break into smaller smartphone markets around the world. A similar strategy was taken up by T-Mobile who had Google as their default search engine and later offered a selector to choose between Google and Bing.
Source: ComputerWorld; Thanks for the tip, petibear!