Nokia's plan to tackle the Chinese market by launching the Lumia 920T on China Mobile and tap into its 700 million customers was just the first step it seems, according to reports that both companies plan to offer the Windows Phone for just 1 Yuan. The fantastic deal for those who are looking to pick up the flagship smartphone on a 2-year contract will surely attract bargain hunters. Nokia surely plans to push hard.
The Lumia 920 has been plagued by out-of-stock notices in multiple markets, Nokia just can't produce enough of 'em to go around. We've previously covered photos that reveal high interest in China with the launch of the Lumia Windows Phone, which isn't surprising but is met with cautious thoughts due to the duration consumers are forced to wait until more units are shipped.
China Mobile will subsidise the price of the Windows Phone, much like what's available in the US and Europe on select carriers with supported smartphones. Win.cp managed to publish what these plans will cost the consumer when a Lumia 920T is taken out. The first is the up-front fee, while the second price is the monthly payment.
- 1 Yuan - 388 Yuan /month
- 800 Yuan ($130) - 288 Yuan /month
- 1200 Yuan ($190) - 228 Yuan /month
- 2000 Yuan ($320) - 188 Yuan /month
Not bad prices at all. This is the kind of release that Nokia needs to carry out - low prices and great software support.
We're still unaware as to just how well the new Lumia family of smartphones are performing, but it's looking like a strong fortification by both Microsoft and Nokia. HTC has also started to throw some marketing into the mix, while Samsung continues to leaves us all on the edge of seats to find out what the company has planned.
Source: Win.cp (translate); thanks, Claus, for the heads up!
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