- 10-26-2012, 10:30 AM #1
- 10-26-2012, 10:40 AM #4
That seems like a solid release date given the rumor it got pushed back a week. I'm waiting to pick mine up until black Friday since I've waited months already..might as well wait a little longer. Hopefully if the $150 price holds up for it, I'll be able to snatch it up for even cheaper. I'll feel dumb if there aren't any deals on it though :P
10-26-2012, 10:54 AM #9
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Those European press releases have all been pointing out for mid November release as have some stores for some weeks already.
There has just sometimes been misinformation that has raised hope on some people about earlier release date, just to be later on proven not to be real or moved to that mid November as well.
That red line has for some times already been ~November 11-15 for Lumia 920.
My Lumia's will hold on that and it gives me more time to save for X86 W8 tablet+Lumia 920+charging stand so i'm more than fine with this. :)
- 10-26-2012, 10:58 AM #10
I was still hoping that somehow they'd get it out by Nov 4th. This is getting somewhat annoying. What is the point of launching Windows Phone 8 next Monday (29th) and bringing the first phones to market two weeks later. Actually surprise us for once and don't keep your customers waiting. They've already been testing people's patience since all the hardware launches happened in September and we're all still waiting around to get concrete details on pricing and availability :@
10-26-2012, 11:02 AM #11
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I think Microsoft and Nokia are missing a point here.... its better to release the phone and generate positive feedback among consumers who have no clue about what is a windows phone and Nokia Lumia 920 before Google comes out with its Nexus army next week. At least start pre-orders and marketing blitz
- 10-26-2012, 11:27 AM #12
They got Surface and Windows 8 fine. Windows Phone 8 is unfortunately lagging as stores are still scrambling to get preorders and training down. The only handset launching across multiple carriers in the US is the HTC 8X, and in case you haven't seen their financials from this morning, they're not exactly the most lusted after brand right now. Sharing almost identical specs to the One X doesn't help either (gorgeous screen excepted). I hope the colors will make something of a difference, but I dunno.....
Fact is, a lot of discretionary holiday cash is already spoken for. People have already plunked down for Surfaces, new Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrids, iPad Minis, iPad 4, iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II, the usual video game consoles, etc.....
That's a lot of casual purchases that Microsoft didn't give themselves or their partners a chance to grab. They (just) made Black Friday, but it's going to take time for advertising to (hopefully) ramp-up and penetrate. Neither Nokia nor HTC have the cash to do huge ad buys, so it's all on Microsoft.
We'll see how serious they are come Monday.
- 10-26-2012, 12:34 PM #16
- 10-26-2012, 12:40 PM #18
Well, at least we have a date. Although its a bit embarrassing that Apple can come in, announce a new product (iPad mini) and have it released all within a few weeks while the Lumia 920 was announced months ago and will be released well after the iPad mini......
- 10-26-2012, 12:42 PM #19
- 10-26-2012, 01:00 PM #20
Using this logic, we should feel even angrier about Nokia because we knew a WP8 Nokia was coming from the moment WP8 was announced.
The start point is the official announcement because that's when you have a GUARANTEED product that actually exists. Nokia got everybody excited, killed a lot of it by having no details due to the software being unfinished, and have watch the rest drip away as iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II, Kindle Fire HD, etc., etc. all made it to market before the 920 or ANY Windows Phone 8 handset for that matter made it to market.
Almost all of those devices had a shorter announcement-to-retail-shelves time than the Lumia 920. Actually, thanks to the Lumia being pushed back a week, they actually DID all have a shorter time!
Even the Galaxy Note II (announced August 29th, onsale in the UK 30 days later, onsale in the US 55 days later).
- 10-26-2012, 01:06 PM #21
Blame the iPhone 5. They needed to announce it before the iPhone 5. Period.
I guarantee you there are people out there that were thinking of jumping on the iPhone 5 but heard about the 920 and decided to wait. I know this for a fact, because I am one of those people.
- 10-26-2012, 01:24 PM #22
Conversely, Lumia sales have plummeted as people are waiting, waiting, waiting or...not interested at all and moving to/happily on other platforms.
Early announcement with no launch details doesn't alleviate EITHER of these problems. Early announcement without being able to show software and hand-ons doesn't help either.
It does, however, contribute to the impression that this is a botched, drawn out launch.
- 10-26-2012, 01:50 PM #25
I think the launch of Windows phone 8 has suffered for a variety of reasons, but if you think about it Surface launch has gone off pretty slick today. I just checked out Time Square store and I was really impressed with the enthusiasm people in line had and the "Wow" factor that store is creating.
Maybe it comes down to the difference between producing your own hardware and having multiple involved parties (carrier, OEM, Microsoft, etc). I think that's the reason Apple has always been able to announce a product and launch in 1-2 weeks. Surface announcement this summer was really just to announce its presence and I have to say I have been really impressed with the Windows 8 and Surface roll out this week.
If only they could've gotten the phones right :(