Windows Phone lineup on Tmo set to get a new addition? Nokia “Monarch” incoming

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Yesterday, the prolific leakster of all things mobile, @evleaks revealed that T-Mobile is set to get a new face in its Windows Phone lineup. Sadly, we didn’t get an image. Simply the message: “Nokia Monarch headed to T-Mobile”.

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We’re convinced the “Monarch” moniker is a code-name for a future Lumia device, but not at all sure what it is. Is it the next high-end Lumia set to launch soon? Is it mid-range or low-end? Ubergizmo speculates that it could be a Magenta-version of the Lumia Icon that’s currently an exclusive on Verizon. It’s due to get an international model, so why not Tmo too?

Other options include the Lumia 930 that’s rumored to be making its entrance at Microsoft’s BUILD Conference next month. Thankfully, it shouldn’t be long before we find out on this one.

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  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    i would much prefer a TMO version of the Icon. that would be most ideal. i’d get one for sure.

    • eanfoso

      Meh I like better the Lumia 1520, bigger screen and bigger battery

    • riopato

      The TMO version of the Icon is the Lumia 925 which is the shitty version of the 920. Even Verizon wireless gets a better model than T-Mobile.

      • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

        no it’s not. the Icon is something different. but hey .. we’ll see lol

        • riopato

          The Icon’s model name aka unlocked model is the Lumia 929. Verizon named it the Icon as it does for the Droid line phones. AT&T always gets the premiere models with xxxx0 (Lumia 920/ 520). T-Mobile gets second revision models xxxx5/1 (Lumia 925/ 521). Verizon gets the CDMA models xxxx8 (Lumia 928). 3 guesses who will get exclusives on the 630 and 930 first?

        • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

          damn. you’re right. well it’s designed much better than the 925. i hate you ATT lol

        • riopato

          Microsoft and Nokia has always an exclusive with At&t and T-mobile is always an after thought.

        • Kyle Jeter

          Ummm, technically the Icon is the Lumia 929. Also, your numbering of models theory doesn’t hold up. T-Mobile had the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 810 which both end in a “0″ so the 930 could most definitely be a T-Mobile variant.

        • riopato

          the 930 is a 9xx model and most likely made for AT&T. Name me one model that Nokia made that didn’t go to At&T first and I’ll show you a model that they got first and is superior to anything that T-mobile will ever sell.
          The 810 and 710 were specific models made for T-mobile that lasted only 6 month tops. Also Note that x10 is lower than any model number that Nokia made for At&t.

      • Kyle Jeter

        Wrong again! Verizon’s 928 would be the CDMA variant of the 925. The Icon is a different phone altogether. The 925 and 928 have similar specs (display size, resolution, processor, and camera) with the main difference being wireless charging integrated into the 928 while with the 925 Nokia kept a slimmer profile and included optional wireless charging via the charging shell. Also, the 928 has a Xenon flash for the camera instead of an LED flash like the 925 and 32GB of memory. All other specs are virtually identical.

        • riopato

          I missed typed, the Icon is aka the Lumia 929. It belongs to the same family as the 92x line of phones and yes it is in fact superior to the T-mobile variant as well as the 928 as you have stated with the built in wireless charging and xenon flash which makes T-Mobile’s version the only 92x phone without wireless charging built in. How exactly am I wrong about this? Also, what T-mobile store can you find that actually sells the charging plate and cover because I can’t find one!!!????

        • teabaghater

          built in but you fail to mention if you buy the back the 925 has wireless chasrging but so what, you act like that is the end all be all.

        • riopato

          T-mobile sells the wireless cover? Could you provide a link for it on the t-mobile website?

        • riopato

          God dam you suck in reading comprehension!

        • teabaghater

          riopato is a t-mobile hater and does not know what they are talking about

        • riopato

          I am not a group of people

      • teabaghater

        so wrong

  • DarkAlkamist

    I’m ready to jump back to WP, so please be a decent lumia. I need a hero phone!

    • riopato

      Not a chance

      • teabaghater

        negative nelly

        • riopato

          Monarch is the Lumia 635

    • teabaghater

      wp are great phone easy to use

      • riopato

        I agree. Unfortunately, T-mobile customers have little options to use windows phone to it’s full potential. Unless they buy unlocked phones.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Lumia 1520?

    • riopato

      If T-Mobile gets a version of the 1520, it will be the shitty version of it.

  • Ryan

    Bought my 810 a month before it went EOL. This better be a phone they actually support

    • eanfoso

      Considering that the Lumia 810 still got the black update I don’t see why not man!

      • Dr8820

        No, it did not get black. It was passed over for the update.

      • Grace

        Ryan; it most certainly did not get the black update. If you look on Nokia’s website you can see that this phone is the only current WP8 phone NOT to get the black update, and most certainly because t-mobile chose not to support it.

        • riopato

          T-Mobile will forever have the shitty version of what ever comes out for AT&T. T-Mobile’s phones are so second rate that they don’t even want to support it, even though it was manufactured specifically for them!!!

        • Grace

          Well, my observations would unfortunately be the same. T-Mobile does not support their phones, especially if they do not sell well.

        • riopato

          The 710 and 810 didn’t have enough time to sell at all. The release of the 710 was on a national holiday with little fan fair and the 810 hardly had 6 months before T-Mobile abandoned it which they never advertised for it. People weren’t even sure if this phone was ever released!!! No wonder it didn’t sell!

        • teabaghater

          I have the 925 no issues black update in.

        • riopato

          U have a serious issue with reading comprehension. We are talking about the 810 which will never get the black update.

        • IamDefiler

          The 925 is a great phone. Still considered one of the best looking/feeling WP phones to date.

        • riopato

          I agree, the 925 is a good phone. It’s like having a Lumia 900 but with 920 enhancements. Unfortunately my friend and I have sent this phone in for repair way too many times and we do not mishandle it at all. The exterior is pristine but for some reason the internals do not survive very long and this is with normal use. I myself have sent it in to Nokia 3 times already and that’s after Nokia gave me a brand new one (not refurbished!). If it fails again, I’m hesitant to continue to buy anything from Nokia and hope that Microsoft will hire better quality control.

        • IamDefiler

          THat’s a shame you’ve had so many issues with yours. I’ve experienced no issues at all with the only 925 I’ve owned. Hopefully it will continue working from here on out.

        • teabaghater

          riopato is actually a hater

        • riopato

          I maybe a T-mobile phone hater but I’m not lying. My 925 is currently being shipped back to me directly from Nokia for the 3rd time. 20 years with this carrier and the best phone I ever got from them was the Motorola Startac when they was named Omnipoint.

        • teabaghater

          ?????????????????????????????????????????

        • riopato

          What’s the matter, too many words to put together?

        • teabaghater

          t-mobile hater, pretty obvious

      • notyourbusiness

        It only got Amber, not Black. But many 810 users are updating it to Black on their own.

        • Grace

          Technically, they are updating GDR3 from microsoft, which does not have the Nokia enhancements. You can get some of them from the store though.

    • Ryan

      No black but I’m enjoying the dev preview of gdr3. This really is a decent phone. It’s a shame it got kicked to the curb.

      • teabaghater

        got my black update for 925 on t-mobile

        • riopato

          Good for you, go have a cookie. The thread is talking about the Lumia 810

    • riopato

      The 810 is the shitty version of the Lumia 820. I’m shocked that T-Mobile is continuing to support the 521 and 925! It’s must be close to a year now and we received the black update! Wonder if these phones will ever get the 8.1 update?

      • Kyle Jeter

        Your comments are starting to make no sense! The Lumia 810 (T-Mobile) and Lumia 820 (AT&T) are the EXACT same device. The only difference is the AT&T version has LTE. Other than that same processor, memory, 810 has better battery life, same camera, and same display size.

        • riopato

          No choice in color back plate, no support from T-mobile, good luck buying one now and no black update. I can still pickup a 820, update it to black and choose a different back plate that allows me to wireless charge. Again the 810 is the shitty version of the 820. Outside of having different radio chips, why does the T-mobile versions always lack one feature over the other? Are the Android phones the same way? Does the iPhones on the other carriers have something that the T-mobile version doesn’t?

        • teabaghater

          dude your so wrong

        • riopato

          Wrong about what? Find me a cyan wireless cover for my lumia 810 at a T-mobile store and while you’re at it point a link where I can update the 810 to Black. You can’t because it’s a T-mobile phone!!!! Also “your” is spelled you’re.

        • AK

          I believe the reason for the 810 was that at the time, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network was running on the 1700/2100 frequencies which most of the world does not use so that is why they had the variant 810, and not the 820. Then they refarmed HSPA+ to 1900 which AT&T and most of the world uses so maybe that is why T-Mobile got the 925, same as AT&T.

      • teabaghater

        wow what are you talking about ??? I got the 925 and tmobile put out the black update so your kinda full of it.

        • riopato

          Obviously you don’t know how to read in context of a thread. Your retorts are worthless

  • sahib102 .

    yay another windows phone :D. the 925 and the 521 aren’t bad but new windows phones are welcomed :D. its good to see that tmobile isn’t just all about android and iPhone :)

    • eanfoso

      I am currently using a Lumia 1020 with t-mobile, you can buy it from att unlock it and use it, that’s what I did

      • riopato

        Are u getting full lte with your 1020?

        • eanfoso

          I sure am! As well as hspa+(4G)

        • teabaghater

          in minnesota yes mpls

  • Alex Zapata

    I wish we could get our own version of the 1020, but it still have high hopes for this device.

    • riopato

      If Nokia continues to snub T-mobile, I won’t be surprised if Monarch is another entry level windows phone like the 630. All lumia models that end with xx0 is usually an at&t model or unlocked version. Most likely Monarch will be a T-mobile version of what’s already out so I will be surprised if it is a T-mobile version of the 1020, but I’m not holding my breath.

      • ginny4theredsox

        What about the 1520 for att
        I think the Monarch should be like 1520 with micro sim card not nano sim card.
        All other features are acceptable.
        It even has a external micro sd card.

        I think it should be a version of the 5120

        • riopato

          Looking at the past phones that Nokia made specific for T-Mobile. I won’t be surprised the T-Mobile’s Lumia 1520 will be limited to 16gbs and designed without a micro SD slot. Similar to T-Mobile’s 920 which is the Lumia 925. Yes, it maybe the first Lumia made out of aluminum and it has improved optics but it has no integrated wireless charging, reduced storage to 16gbs and only offer 2 color options. There’s a 32gb Lumina 925 but it won’t work natively on T-Mobile’s service. On top of this, the 925 wasn’t even an exclusive since AT&T had their own models!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          I like to add that the only model that Nokia made only for T-Mobile that no other carrier had was the Lumia 710 Which T-Mobile abandoned after 5 months and to this day will not release the 7.8 update for it!!!!!!! Basically what I’m saying is that the Monarch will most likely be a shitty version of a previous model on another carrier! I will in fact bet money on it.

        • teabaghater

          925 is on t mobile 920 att whop cares about wireless charging not that great and 925 is capable

        • riopato

          You really don’t know how to read

    • ginny4theredsox

      What about the 1520 for att
      I think the Monarch should be like 1520 with micro sim card not nano sim card.
      All other features are acceptable.
      It even has a external micro sd card.

      • Alex Zapata

        A version of the 1520 would be nice, but that’s a phone that’s way too big for my taste.

        • riopato

          That’s ok, T-Mobile’s version of the 1520 would most likely be 4inches or less anyway

        • teabaghater

          how would you know??

        • riopato

          By experience of being a T-mobile customer for almost 20 years and forced to buy unlocked phones for the last 10 due to how shitty their phones have been. I have also owned all of the Nokia windows phones that came out for T-mobile and they all were horrible except for the Lumia 925 which is currently being repaired for the third time within the last 6 months.

    • riopato

      Most likely the Lumia 1025 would have a 20 mega pixel pureview camera instead of 41 and storage will be 8gbs with no micro SD slot. It will be offered with only 2 color options, white or grey.

  • ginny4theredsox

    My opinion for a Monarch windiws phone is:
    Micro sim card
    GSM
    micro sd card
    external memory for the micro sd card, up to 64GB
    screen monitoring
    multi windows
    NFC
    wirless
    wirless charging case
    bluetooth
    GPS
    S beam
    screen rotation
    6 inch touch screen
    20MP camera
    color varieties for the color of the phone:
    Purple
    blue
    light blue
    red
    pink
    white
    black
    orange
    yellow
    green
    titanium grey

    wirless headphones
    wirless speakers
    wirless charger
    a case that charges ur phone on the go
    a waterproof bag to protect your phone in water

    • http://aikenareaprogressive.blogspot.com/ jovan1984

      and Wi-Fi Calling, a feature built-in on every non-Apple T-Mob phone.

      • AK

        Not on the Lumia 810, Nexus 4 and 5.

  • notyourbusiness

    As a big fan of Windows Phone, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this new Nokia is all about. With a name like “Monarch,” I can’t help but wonder if it might be a variant of the 1520.

    • riopato

      It will be the Lumia 1525, with 16gbs of internal storage, no micro SD slot and comes in only 1 color. Something will be missing from the original in some way or form only because it’s coming to T-Mobile. Where shitty versions of manufacturers phone goes.

      • teabaghater

        full of crap

        • riopato

          Yes I believe that Monarch will be full of crap

  • spartanjet

    I’m hoping its an updated version of the 1520 w/ 8.1, Qi Charging, and 32gb. I’m so close to leaving Tmo if they don’t end up getting a high end Windows Phone while ATT and Verizon do I’m out. I hate to do it because I do like Tmo but if they aren’t going to carry they phones I want then its kind of pointless. I can get a similar plan from ATT and get the windows phone I want.

    • riopato

      I predict you are going to leave soon because Monarch is going to be a shitty version of what other carriers have already. There is not one T-Mobile windows phone that surpasses any of the other carriers.

  • Fish

    I’ve got a 925, couldn’t be happier, and I think an updated version (HD screen, 2GB RAM, higher mAH battery) of that would be perfect. In fact, the only reason I signed up for Jump is so I can get a new phone when 8.1 comes out so I can get all the perks the update will support.

    • riopato

      Your 925 should be upgradeable to 8.1 but if Monarch comes with 8.1 built in, bet your T-Mobile will pass on the resources to test it out on the 925 and treat your phone the same way they did to the 710 and 810.

  • Technosquid

    I wonder if Monarch will be the actual name, like the “Lumia Icon” on Verizon. I remember when Verizon’s first Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 822 was first leaked (in another evleaks tweet,) it was known as the “Lumia Atlas,” which I think was a much better name. The current known codenames for unannounced Lumia handsets are Moneypenny, Goldfinger, and Martini. Monarch will likely be the T-Mobile variant of one of those base models, just like the 925 was the T-Mobile variant of the 920.

    The Windows Phone team just completed the the Windows Phone 8.1 update in time for the Build conference, and there’s a rumored Nokia press even on April 19th, which is when I imagine everything will get fleshed out.

  • Ordeith

    I still have some T-Mobile phones despite getting a 1020 on AIO/Cricket recently. I like to take them both when I travel and compare.
    Traveled to California’s central coast this weekend. T-Mobile coverage was horrible. 2G or nothing between cities, 4G in some areas. 4G in others as far as signal strength went but no data access despite the signal. It would have been frustrating and annoying if I didn’t have another device on another carrier that worked consistently everywhere I went.
    First trip in years for me. I don’t remember it being so bad the last time when I was just on T-Mobile only.
    They have the same problems in and around Disneyland. They really need to do something about this.

    As a Windows Phone fan I would be reluctant to get a WP on T-Mobile no matter how good their next offering is. The poor coverage, the early EOL (Sorry, 810 owners), the delayed updates, the lackluster models… Just not the carrier to be on.

    • AK

      I agree, T-Mobile coverage is not good outside of the big metro areas in California. It gets pretty bad north of Sacramento. Between LA to the Bay Area you get limited 2G, can’t do much. Even GPS tends cut out “waiting for signal”. In Florida driving from Key West to Ft Lauderdale, I had consistent coverage on T-Mobile. I was able to stream Pandora the entire way with no interruptions, even while running GPS navigation simultaneously. I have the Lumia 810 so HSPA+ only. The terrain is flat and the route is fairly populated.

    • teabaghater

      minnesota t-mobile coverage is real good mpls

  • tomarone

    The 925 Tmo version is being dumped over at home shopping network for 200, so hopefully this is an upgrade to that.

    • AK

      I was thinking about upgrading from my 810 but decided not to. The 925 does not come with a wireless charging shell where the 920 did.

      • riopato

        You can purchase a wireless shell and charging plate separately ironically at an At&t store. As far as I can see T-mobile offers neither accessory.

        • AK

          I saw that. It was 50% off last I checked. I think the shell is the powermat standard as that is what AT&T is pushing. It is not a Nokia OEM shell. The Nokia version uses the qi standard. Maybe that is why Nokia did not include the wireless shell as standard since AT&T also sells the 925.