Windows Phone Facebook AT&T Nokia Lumia riddle

Ran across a Facebook posting by Windows Phone (opens in new tab) saying "Our Live Tiles may be trying to tell us something". The posting pictures a magenta AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 with the Phone Tile is displaying "10", the Linked Inbox an "11" and the Messaging Tile a "12".

The obvious thought is October 11, 2012, which is today. But so far all is quiet on the AT&T news front.  But many format their dates day/month/year which would put the date November 10, 2012. Up until this little riddle, the strong school of thought has the new Lumias landing on Sunday, November 4th. Which fits AT&T's launch habits (the 10th is the following Saturday).

Could this be the new launch date for the AT&T Lumia 920 and 820? Or are we reading too much into things and the Live Tiles simply telling us that it's 54 degrees in Redmond? 

We'll poke around and see what we can come up with but in the meantime, there's a discussion going on over in the WPCentral Forums (opens in new tab) on what this riddle could mean. Feel free to chime in and let us know your guess.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Is the time also 10:11?
  • Nice catch
  • That would mean today at 10:11 pm, maybe
  • More lkely November 11th.  The US is the only nation that puts the month before the day.
  • This is on an AT&T Lumia though.
  • True, maybe they just thought the date was cool...
  • Maybe ad was maude by Nokia and they flubbed it
  • +1. I was going to say "many"? Try "everyone except the US" :P
  • No, US is not the only nation who puts month before day. For reals?>??!
  • That would be 11/11/12. November is the 11th month.
  • maybe they wanted us to look at the photos... maybe this is the nokia lumia 910 to be reveal in november 10 2012
  • 10/11/12 @10:11pm
  • I think you might be on to something here...
  • Also, it is a Lumia 900. Maybe there will be incentives or a buy back program for those of us with a 900 to get at 920?
  • Don't toy with me lol
  • much rather the launch date of Windows 7.8
  • +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
  • I fucking hope so.
  • 10- October, phone announced.
    11-November, available with VoIP integration
    12-December, Xbox new dash with DLNA
  • Hmm, good one.
  • That would be unbelievably awesome! I'm getting the 920 anyways, but would appreciate it... A lot
  • Well since it's the 900 in the photo, and it seems the new Lumia's will come out on Nov. 4th, I would say its more suggestive of the 900 getting the 7.8 update on November 10.
  • I would expect not since MSFT has said that 7.8 won't be coming out long after 8.0 drops. I'm expecting January 2013 for 7.8
  • I don't recall them saying 'long.' Let's hope it's 7.8 - though there sure aren't any 7.8 tiles on that phone.
  • The wording was 'some time' after WP8 release.
  • They may be forced to release 7.8 to coincide with windows 8 compatibility of the companion app.
  • This was my thought too. Id they were hinting the Lumia 920 release, why wouldn't they use that in the photo?
  • Same. I hope it is the 7.8 date. And I hope the 920 comes the 4th.
  • I think if they were hinting at the 7.8 update then the screen would be the new start screen
  • It's funny how people read meanings to everything they see. Today is October eleventh, 2012 (10-11-12) and many people are displaying this on their Facebook, even some Radio stations are making some noise about it because they the sequence 10,11,12 as it appears in the American date format is cool. This definitely has nothing to do with any phone release date.
  • Yes, definitely, because you work for MS
  • This is what I was thinking
  • Curiouser and Curiouser.
  • Great Alice in Wonderland quote.
  • Maybe it means that today is a cool date. 10/11/12. :-D
  • In America, nobody uses 11/10/2012 as today's date.
  • I agree, being that it's US. Guess I won't be going to bed till 10:12, LOL
  • But what about Finland (home of Nokia)
  • 12-10-11 for Scandinavia. (year, month, day)
  • That would make it 2010? Lol!
  • A magenta Lumia 920 maybe is on the way sometime next year??
  • No. They have a red.
  • Its an ATT lumia, so it should be US date format and plus the time is also interesting
  • Sounds logical @tylers86
  • Pretty sure it has to be October 10th. AT&T is an American company. Why would they do a date format virtually not used at all in the US.
  • November 10, you mean.
  • He meant October 11, today.
  • No... 10/11/2012 is October 11th in US date format.
  • I don't want to wait longer. November 4 is far enough. I think this is the 7.8 release.
  • Really hope its not the Facebook app, don't even use it. Get us all.hyped over Facebook, I hope not
  • Why the fuck would it be the Facebook app?
  • This was posted on there Facebook page and soon after the app was pulled from the marketplace, maybe there is a big update coming.
  • mmmmm there is also whatsapp in the pic, and whatsapp was also pulled from the marketplace......
  • Their. Not there.
  • and 54 in Fahrenheit is 12 in Celsius ...
  • They aren't hinting at anything.
    They are just showing how today is 10 11 12
  • I thought that too.
  • Wow, you are really working this one.  It was 10/11/12 as in Oct 11, 2012.  Period.  It was just cool.  It was all over the web today.
  • +1
  • We all have too much time on our hands...
  • You're all reading too much into it.
  • Clearly it has to do with the slash hat on the girl
  • Hahahaha
  • Well the US spans 3 time zones, so if the time is the significant thing here, would it be 10:11 PDT, CDT or EDT?
  • No. Today is 10/11/12 On the calendar. That is all.
  • Uh, the continental U.S. spans 4 time zones. Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific.
  • Pink 920
  • Nope
  • Lol, if u look at Redmond's weather, its supposed to be 54 degrees at the 10 o'clock hour, shit u not
  • *took off tin foil hat* :'(
  • Att will launch Microsoft surface phone r tablet
  • Then why show a Nokia phone?
  • Lol true
  • Nokia knows when the rapture is lolz
  • 7.8 I am hoping.
  • I here the Facebook app is missing from the marketplace. Maybe just an app update. :(
  • Wtf do u need a Facebook app for on a windows phone lol
  • Extra functionality, obviously. That should be easy enough for a child to realize. Or even me, who doesn't have a Facebook, yet it's still as obvious as the sun in the sky.
  • Launch/announcement of pink lumia 900 with 7.8 preloaded free on contract?
  • It could simply be an annoucement of a mangenta colored lumia 920 on 10/11/12 at 5:40 PST. 
    Or it could just be a quip about the date today being 10/11/12
  • Does the 54 mean its only going to cost $54 USD?  
    I want to believe!
  • I doubt if it means anything. If it were a European carrier, it probably would mean something due to how dates are written. However, it's simply today's date in the customary way people in the US write dates.
  • Windows phone to 10%, 11%, and then 12% market share.
  • Yup. All in October lol
  • It'll probably be nothing important. Until then we all have to wait and see.
  • Its tonight at 10:11 since am is already gone look at the clock whatever it is.
  • It's a Facebook app update!
  • The carrier is identified as AT&T which would suggest one is speaking of the US market.  While "many format dates differently" the US convention is neither European nor British Commonwealth, it is Month/Day/Year.  If Nokia can't figure that part out, they shouldn't even try the make it in the US market.  It would also make very little sense for Nokia to announce anything regarding the new phones on the screen of the old one.  There are already a lot of irritated people (unjustified though they may be) regarding the fact that the 900 series is not upgradeable to WP8. 
  • you're reading too much into it, it's just a picture for today which (in the US) is 10.11.12.
  • I'd say nothing.
  • 7.8 update?
  • C'mon guys... Everyone knows that 10+11-12=9 which when divided by the #of cores in a snapdragon s4 processor but added to the screen size of a 920 minus the 8.0 megapixels of a lumia 822 times the 41 megapixels of an 808 subtracting the maximum volume of a 710 =the 11th day of the month that starts with THE SAME LETTER AS THE WORD... NOKIA. Boom!! November 11th: lumia pure view tablet. You're welcome.
  • Epic.
  • Amazing like your name
  • Awesome!
  • That was great!
  • I bow to you sir/madam
  • Lmao awesome
  • That was funny
  • You could bitch slap Steven Hawking with that kind of math. /sarcasm
  • 47
  • Lmfao at Higgs Boson. I love these hints by Nokia.
  • ??
  • Yup, the Facebook app got pulled, must be a huge update to the Facebook app, wow........
  • I'm not saying I know, but why would it be Facebook?
  • Yes! Half Life 2: Episode 3!
  • lol.
  • Lmfao!
  • Shenmue 3!
  • I hope they make one. Love that game.
  • Anyone know what the app showing the weather is called?
  • AccuWeather
  • Thanks
  • Hmmm...based on the shadow behind the phone, I think they're hinting at the fact that Nokia is going into the window blinds and shades business, lol. Seriously though, I think you guys are reading into this too much. Happy 10/11/12!
  • The numbers all add up to make 54 - 10+11+10+11+12... Spooky...
  • Its a countdown, today is 10th day before the big day, Oct 21st.
  • MS Office 2013 RTM Date,   
  • There's also lightning on the weather tile... They're going to send out a signal to the phones to electrocute people talking on the phone using Xbox's Internet Explorer! :-O
    You're welcome.
  • Lol
  • The lightning is representative of Tesla's proposed wireless electric grid...which is seen today in a far less grandiose scale as the wireless charging on a Lumia 920.
  • "But many format their dates day/month/year" - yeah duuuh, like every sane person. Month/day/year just doesn't make any sense.
  • Sure it does, that's how we say the date in the U.S., so that's how we write it too. We don't say the 11th of October, we say October 11th. It makes perfect sense.
  • No, it doesn't make any sense to write those numbers in the wrong order. Your are writing it wrong and you should feel wrong.
  • Your a moron. Quit trolling.
  • You're doing it wrong. Also, please use Celsius and kilometers like the rest of the world.
  • Silly European vs North American fights. There is a thing called cultural differences and we should just accept them.
  • By "European" you mean "The rest of the entire world", as the US is the only country to write their dates backwards
  • Either way its silly to fight about it constantly, we aren't kids in a sandbox fighting over the Tonka truck.
  • +100
  • We don't have do fight, you only have to admit that you are doin' it wrong.
  • I already explained why we do it and why it makes sense, if my explanation was too complicated for you then I'm sorry, but I don't know how to explain it in a dumber manner.
  • No, you are not making any sense. Here's why:
  • We're a teenage nation rebelling against our lame parents, which is why we insist on being different.  Also, we're pregnant and we took your car out last night and scratched the passenger-side door.  No, no, not that side...
  • I don't think it's a hint. Their Twitter account posted the same pic but said something like "you realize its a working day on 10-11-12".
  • What's a 'Linked Inbox'? I've noticed it in the photo.
  • A Linked inbox is combining 2 or more accounts into one.
  • And the stupid "linked inbox" name fortunately is customizable. You can change it to "Mail" or whatever.
  • Enough with the riddles. They need to release information and cut the crap.
  • It's just today's date.
    They posted it on twitter too ->
  • This.
  • The link doesn't work, but it isn't your fault. The app itself automatically makes the text all lowercase.
  • Well it seems today, that is 10/11/12 is National Coming Out Day here in the US. Also, it's when 10.11.12 consecutive numbers come one after tge other naturally.. :)
  • +1 for national coming out day :D
  • Hahahaha....
  • It's an AT&T Lumia, so... 
    10 + 11 + 12 (the tiles) = 33
    54 (the degrees) - 33 = 21, hinting that Lumia 920 pre-orders for AT&T will start on the 21st.
  • +1 internet's for you
  • Everyone is reading way too much into this.
  • You're reading way too much into it. It's just a kitchy post they made on their Facebook page - nothing more, nothing less.
  • Maybe a countdown to the preorder date...
  • There's nothing here except the silly 10/11/12 gag.
  • Agreed.
  • The date. The city. The time. What's App. The color.
  • "nokiacentral"
  • If u don't like WPCentral, leave. You don't have to pay to come here, so stop complaining. Go read the crap WMPowerUser or AAWP.
  • Posted by MS with an AT&T device.  Both American companies.  Why wouldn't that be using the American date system again?  If this were on the Nokia Facebook page this might hold some water but it isn't.
  • If this turns out to be nothing, then at least we had some fun. U at least get to see how creative the mind can be :-)
  • Hmm im thinking October eleventh 2012... Right around 10:11 in the AM...
  • Well, at least we know that At&T can count from 10 to 12. The next time that will happen will be on Nov. 12 2013 (11-12-13).
  • Or in non-America the 10th of November 2012 (10/11/12, D/M/Y)
  • AT&T is an American yea.
  • They prove something new every year... Wonder what they'll do when they need to prove to us they can count to 14.. :/
  • Yes it was around 50 here today
  • They need to stop playing games and announced stuff!!
  • Exchange 2013 and Office 2013 RTM'ed today. Guessing that's the reference?
  • That's how you keep up interest on a slooow day
  • It all adds up to 108. Need I type moar?
  • 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42
  • It simply means they need to pick up the damn phone.
  • Oh look, nothing happened! damn windows phone and your silly antics!! ;)
  • We will find out eventually
  • +1
  • Did anybody here about anything? Lol!
  • Just maintaining relevance. Bet listing prices & availability would have been more clever...
  • redmond is PST
    the facebook post was at 10:11PST on 10/11/12
    now... either that is all it was intended to mean, a cute photo of a unique time and date.
    Or... 10:11PM PST isnt for another 30minutes yet.
    but I cant fathom a company making any significant announcement at just about the worst possible hour for both US and Europe.  
  • Could it have anything to do with AT&T dropping the Lumia 900 price to $0.99 from $49.99?  I saw they changed the price on a new 900 since yesterday.
  • 10:11 forms on every rounded analog clock an happy face (smilie) thats an psychological and marketing trick.
  • "But many format their dates day/month/year which would put the date November 10, 2012."
    MAny? EVERYONE EXCEPT THE US! At least everyone who uses the metric system. I said it before and i'll say it again: the US sucks big time for not using the metric system.
  • Everyone claiming MDY or DMY order is wrong. You just don't want to admit it. The one true correct order is YMD, both for consistency with standard time order (largest to smallest unit), and because text representation sorts without pesky conversions. Now move along; nothing else to see here.
  • YMD is indeed best (and how I have the date format set on my WP). Sad to see this doesn't look like an option in WP8 anymore.
  • Rolling thunder in/from Washington state!
  • Probably 10:11 PDT
  • Lumia 900 price drop, end of story.
  • Who's phone is this? 10 missed calls, 11 emails, 12 messages, weather alert and still haven't checked? LOL
  • They should have a countdown going, drive everybody crazy
  • Verizon Nokia Lumia 822 real life pictures leak
  • Gasp!  The predicted that day's date!