Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia line of smartphones is now seeing post-holiday discounts at a variety of retailers shortly after launching in the United States. The phones, which run Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system, are the company’s latest gamble after a string of launches that were not well received. Verizon’s (VZ) Lumia 822 can now be had for free with a new two-year agreement, as can T-Mobile’s Lumia 810, while Amazon (AMZN) is offering the flagship Lumia 920 for $39 on AT&T (T).
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It is unclear if the carriers are footing the entire financial burden, or if Nokia has provided some support. A Nokia spokesperson said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal that “pricing is always a carrier decision, but holiday season promotions are fairly standard at this time of year,” adding that even some Samsung (005930) phones are being offered for free.
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While executives have claimed the Lumia line of smartphones are off to a good start, Nokia has not yet released sales figures and the latest discounts may not bode well for the company’s upcoming earnings report.
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