Verizon Lumia 735 not scheduled until early 2015
Verizon has yet to announce the Nokia Lumia 735 as coming to their portfolio, and there may be a good reason for that: it is not due until 2015. Multiple sources have confirmed with Windows Phone Central that the Verizon branded Lumia 735 with LTE, which is in development, is currently not scheduled to come out this calendar year.
Early reports suggest there may be some stability issues with Verizon's dual CDMA/LTE network although it is just as likely that Verizon only wants to schedule it then for their own internal reasons.
This late release for the Lumia 735 is reminiscent of the Lumia Icon, which was supposed to launch in November of 2013, but did not hit shelves until three months later in February 2014. Windows Phone Central had a working Verizon Lumia Icon prototype in possession as early as November of last year.
The Nokia Lumia 735 is already hitting shelves worldwide. Last week, we did an unboxing and first impressions article with the svelte phone and came away impressed. In using the phone as our main Lumia for the last week, the phone has an outstanding design and is just a joy to use. Priced appropriately, and the Lumia 735 could be a hit in the US.
Considering Verizon is the only US carrier planning to get the Lumia 735, this late release date is very troubling for Microsoft, who needs their phones out on the market. Missing the busy holiday shopping season indeed hurts Windows Phone adoption in the US.
Verizon recently retired the Lumia Icon, likely due to poor sales. They currently sell the HTC One for Windows and Samsung ATIV SE, although advertising and promotion for either has been minimal so far. Additionally, Verizon still has not shipped out any Windows Phone 8.1 updates with Lumia Cyan, leaving customers understandably frustrated. Verizon is turning out to be not such a great partner for Microsoft, leaving AT&T as the bulwark in the US.
Release-dates can of course shift and we hope the Lumia 735 for Verizon is officially announced soon with a timely 2014 release instead of next year. Stay tuned.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
By Jez Corden
Bottom line, root cause... Blame MS! Because, in the end it all comes back to MS, and how they have handled WP the past 4 years... I don't care what people say, and are either afraid to admit, or can't understand,, but WP is MS's project, and if it fails at anything it's MS's responsibility to fix that.. Who else's responsible is it? Is it Verizon's? The media's? Who has the power to do something about it? The fact is that nobody else is going to do anything to "fix" WP, so why waste our time pointing fingers everywhere?...... The only logical thing to do is point the finger at MS, because everything else is totally unproductive...
MSFT r the biggest enemy to the WP Platform
There's no way WP will grow this way, without options to consumers.
The last phone they tried to sell decently was the lumia 822...
And so I've been stuck with whatever VZW offers with WPs. So I had the Trophy, now the 8X and was planning on getting the 735 this fall, but obviously not now.
And since my phone is on my last leg (I cant believe in saying this) I will be upgrading to the iPhone 6.
Its time to try something new for me and until the 735 or some nice Lumia hits VZW I will buy that unlocked, but ill be moving on for awhile until MS AND Verizon care about WP
Verizon had a post about the 830 on its blog back when it was announce by MS in Germany.
Why not release the 830 on all major carriers as originally rumored?