Rumor Alert: T-Mobile Retail Employee Says Lumia 900 Is Coming?

I’m filing this story completely into the rumor category and it’s not because I don’t want it to be true, more like I’m skeptical of random T-Mobile employee comments. While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a possible Lumia 900 launch on T-Mobile, this story isn’t doing much to convince me. I completely trust the boys at WMPowerUser, however, I don’t know that this isn’t just a random T-Mobile employee who was just trying to act all-knowing. WMPowerUser indicates the employee spoke “confidently” about the Lumia 900 arrival. I’m confident if this was true, we’d be hearing more about it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a T-Mobile store and been told “confidently” that T-Mobile would carry the next iPhone.

I’m always skeptical that employees know these things and not a single blogger, journalist or tech blog has been able to verify it. Why one T-Mobile employee seems to know something that nobody else is talking about has me asking you to take it with a grain of salt. That doesn’t mean these situations aren’t unheard of, this very well could be the real-deal. This employee may have overheard a conversation, talked with a Nokia sales rep etc. On the flipside, the first Lumia 900 rumor comes from Paul Thurott, who is generally a very more source for Windows and Windows Phone intel.

Still, I’d like it to be true, if for no other reason than to give a insignificant boost to T-Mobile’s Windows Phone lineup.


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  • Jim

    I don’t believe it. Nice thought though.

  • Anonymous

    As a retail employee for 7 years I can tell you, you guys probably hear about phones coming to T-Mobile before we do.

    • PjS

      exactly working for tmo for 4 years…we get our info from here…… Retail employees are the last channel to know.  Call center and help desk employees find out weeks to months before hand

      • Justamazing87

        Lol exactly. I work for t-Mobile the only way I know anything is if a rep from a company tells me something. they let us no like a day in advance .

  • Sanjay

    I would go buy it today.  While I have nothing against the 710, why settle for less?  I need to replace my HD7 so I can have 4g.  The handset deals and exlusivity should only be done for those wanting a subsidized phone.  For those paying full price, they need to get rid of that system (my wish).

  • Larrrs

    I heard the same thing from our Nokia rep, that the 900 and a 610 was coming later this year

  • Jonathan

    What about the rumor that blogger site, Cell Phone Signal (a T-Mobile news only site) posted over the weekend that the Samsung Galaxy Note might be coming to T-Mobile? Is this a trusted news site?

    • Taron19119

      Whats the name of the site

      • Jonathan

    • DaBoss

      The Tmobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note will be coming to Tmobile in September of this year. The name for the Tmobile version has not been decided yet. They want to release the Samsung Galaxy S3 first to make sure its not overshadowed by the screen size and full HD display of the Tmobile Samsung Galaxy Note version. This information is legit and was given to me by a Samsung Sales Rep who visited my local Tmobile store about 2 weeks ago. He was there to have a meeting with the retail store manager and retail team to explain upcoming devices, prices, and promotions available to instore employees to win a trip to whom ever sells more Samsung Galaxy S3s once they release. I asked about the release date for the S3 and he just laughed saying if I told you that I wouldn’t have a job, he just said very soon. We have to compete with HTC and the One X.

  • Buttons

    I had a DM tell me that it was coming. As a WP7 user I hope so, I like my HD7 but it would be nice for some kind of upgrade…

  • With the HTC One S and this (if true), TMo is getting some nice phones.

  • abdiasq

    A manager from a store also told me that the Galaxy Nexus is also coming! Lets wait and see what happens. 

    • If that is true, I will have to buy it! I need to replace my Nexus One. Even if there is another Nexus phone coming out at the end of the year (if Google stays on the same release timeline), I just don’t want to wait that long.

      • abdiasq

        I want to replace my Nexus One too! Lol. I’ve been waiting waaaay too long.

        • Robert

           I’m assuming you guys are waiting for it on t-mobile to get it at a discounted rate? Because galaxy nexus is already compatible with t-mobile’s 4g. It’s super fast too, I would always get 8mbs down.

        • abdiasq

          No I’m not. But I have seen the Galaxy Nexus drop price like crazy in the last weeks.

        • I’ve thought about buying an imported GSM version but I decided not to. There is no warranty on them, and I don’t want to bother with flashing the yakju version of Android onto it.

  • Dean

    wHO cares about Nokia. Their ceo is a douche that thinks multiple cores are stupid. And why would we want their trash they cant sell in Europe?

    • I wish I could “like” this 100 times lol. I couldn’t agree more.

    •  Multiple cores are bad for battery life. AND Ballmer was correct in saying that Android is a puppy gone wild. I mean why do I have to root an Android device to get it to function how it should? I have had 2 android devices, paid a lot of money for them and they are ultimately garbage. I am moving to WIN OS ASAP.

      • Justamazing87

        Anyone that says multiple cores are bad for battery life is an uninformed. Seriously you just have no idea what ur talking about. The android is is far more customizable than Windows or ios . You sir are a baboon

        • inwoodguy

          Multiple cores *are* bad for battery life.  They consume more power — even in idle mode — than comparable single-core processors in the same family.  It’s undeniable.

  • Tward291

    dame i wish this was true tmobile needs to boost there windows line up f*ck android

  • Paul Thurrott

    Um. :) I had nothing to do with this.

    • Mloudt

       hey dumbass your not funny acting like your the guy from the article dave mentioned his last name only has one r not 2 get the hell out of here jackoff

  • terryjohnson16

    It’s not out of the question for T-Mobile to carry it. The device is a Penta-band HSPA+ device, and it supports T-Mobile’s upcoming LTE AWS network.

    So, its not a “if T-Mobile carries it, it will blow my mind” kinda thing. I can see T-Mobile carrying the Lumia 900, before they carry the iPhone.

    • BallaOnnaBudget

      Its not a penta-band device. The S2 qualcomm chipset doesn’t support pentaband.

    • Hamster

       The Lumia 900 is not pentaband HSPA+ in its current form. Not sure where you got that from. Its 3G/”4G” radio is tri-band both in American and international variants.

  • chumlee

    Who cares? Let Windows fail, just use Android. 

    • jay_max

       I care.  On my phone (a MyTouch 4G), Gingerbread runs horrible, apps crash, tells me to reboot weekly, slows down.  It’s why I’ve started characterizing Android/Gingerbread as the Windows 95 of phone OS’es.

    • So I can be like you?  

      No one cares.

      • Justamazing87

        The whole anti android just for the sake of being against something. I thought people stopped doing that …. Clown smh

        • Philosoraptor

           But isn’t Android just the anti-iphone?

          I like my WP7 because it’s WP7.

  • TMoFan

    A lot of rumors to live up to. G4x, Lumia 900, GN, Note. I’d be happy just to get one of those on Magenta particularly the G4x.

  • jay_max

    It’s not inconceivable.  Supposedly, AT&T’s exclusive on the Lumia 900 is only 45 days.

  • Bulletban

    none of my friends ever talk about Nokia or Window Phone, really dont c the significant of Lumia 900 coming to Tmo or not. face the facts, 90% of people really dont care about them

    • Because you and your circle of friends represents 90% of the population?  Silly self centered commenter, come join the real world.

      • Bulletban

        what is nokia stock price at?how much has it sink? window phone is at what ?3 percent of the market share. if.u cant face the facts, just dont make a fool out of urself in the public. silly

  • We needs the Note!!

    • Wilma Flintstone

       I second this notion!!!  TMO GIVE UP THAT NOTE!!!

      • I want a white 64GB N9….

    • Chris


  • Tomnewtn

    I was told the same thing in Feb by a TMO store employee. My wife loves her 710, and I was also impressed with hit. 

  • Tomnewtn

    Let me add that my wife hasn’t had any issues with her 710. It just works. I haven’t had any issues with my unlocked iPhone software. It just works. My Android devices….well I love them but they are a bit twitchy here and there. 

  • With Tmobile’s track record, they’ll get the 900 in Summer of 2013 when all the other carriers have Apollo already.  Not holding my breath on this at all.

  • OK, I’m not sure i can buy this.  AT&T have exclusivity on the product. 
    However, I can but that T-Mo might get a modified variant in the same way that every phone that is released on multiple US carriers is a bit different – Samsung Galaxy S II for example.  I think this comes dwn to exclusivity deals, and then hardware mods needed to get around them (plus to some extent, i’m sure carriers feel these mods/tweaks make it more “exclusive”.

    I would like to see t-mobile get more windows phones though.  It can’t be good for competition to have only AT&T getting high end WP7 devices right now,  If T-mobile can bee a good partner for WP7 and nokia, hope they can get first in line for apollo devices this fall and the rumored Nokia PureView windows phones that might show up then.

    • smiley

       The AT&T only has exclusive rights for 45 days . After that anyone who wants it can get it . I hope TMO gets it .

      • The RUMOR is that AT&T only has 45 days, that’s not been proven.

  • well if anyone is in Dallas, i’ll be hosting an exclusive invite only Lumia 900 event with Best Buy and Microsoft on April 30 .. feel free to let me know if you want to stop by.  i’ll email the invitation :)

    • Philosoraptor

      I’m in DFW.  What kind of event is this?

      • It’s an exclusive invite event for the launch fo the Lumia 900 .. it’s like a class really to get your eyes on the Lumia . i’ll be hosting a hand’s on session with the phone and others will have different sessions as well .. email me and i’ll forward the invite to ya :)

  • YaddaYaddaSomething

    I was invited to a Nokia/Windows gathering back in Feb. because I sold a ton of Windows phone starting with the HD7. At that meeting I got to see the “New Phone” coming out soon, it was the Lumia 900. The lumia there had AT&T branding. We weren’t allowed to take pictures or anything. Someone asked, “When is the next Nokia/Windows phone coming out for T-Mobile?” and the Windows/Nokia reps said they didn’t know. We then went bowling for the rest of the night (I won a Lumia 710 in a best sales pitch competition. I really love the phone!)

    Nokia and Windows reps that retail people such as myself get to meet work for 3rd party corporations. I can’t remember the names of those companies at the moment. An analogy would be like… you are hired by a temp agency to work at Wells Fargo. You work at Wells, but really the temp agency is who you would report to ultimately. Same deal going on with these corporations. So I don’t take their word as 100% fact. Like the time the HTC rep told me we were going to get the HTC Titan (I’m still waiting, and there’s been two Titans now!). They’re a great bunch of guys who give reps training who aren’t quite sure on how to use their products, but I wouldn’t go to them for leaked information.

    We’ve all heard rumors of a 45 day exclusivity period, yadda yadda. It could very well be true and T-Mobile might pick up the phone, but I will tell you that we aren’t told squat at the retail level when it comes to phone releases. So the retail person who said this is just trying to spread rumors. I personally learn about phones being released on TMONews first before T-Mobile tells me, as do all the front line employees in my area.

    The Lumia 900 is a sexy windows phone. My wife and I would love to have it. But, it’s time to look to the future in hopes we get something better.

  • Vim

    Nokia needs to get this handset on as many carriers as possible.  Their financials are terrible and they’re running out of time.  Their market share continues to drop (from 5.6% in Sept  to 3.9% in Feb), they’re losing money, and at the current rate of spending, they’re expected to run out of cash by the end of 2013.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft bought Nokia, or at least their patents, to keep them afloat.  Microsoft needs Nokia more than Google does Motorola.

  • derverws

    i left T-mobile and took my two lines to At&t to get this

    • Philosoraptor

       i thought about doing it since I have would get a corporate discount with At&t but honestly I think I’m going to hold out until Fall.  Hoping a HD8 comes along.

      • derverws

         i had the hd7 i liked it but i was tired of the hardware and plus i wasnt getting service in many places with tmobile

  • Bklynman

    All I know about this phone what I read in the paper,was it was having softwear problems,until Nokia,and Mirosoft fix it,At&t and Nokia is giving the phone away for almost nothing. This was in last week news,in the business section.

    • inwoodguy

      There was a firmware bug that caused a small number of phones to lose connectivity.  Nokia has already fixed it with a push update to phones, just four days after it was discovered (and three days ahead of schedule).

      They also credited everyone who owned one — including the vast majority who had no problem — with $100 on their next bill as an apology.

      Pretty good service.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Waiting for that Note or Tizen devices.  Next month is the Tizen event and the GS3 event days between each other and I’ll be watching them both.

  • Blah

    I just want the nokia 800!

  • BahamasGeek242

    This is not the first time this has come up, a month ago rumor had it that T-mobile would get the phone after he 60 to 90 day exclusive that AT&T paid for and that the T-mobile version of the 900 would have a better camera

    • Vim

      The original rumor was more credible.  I’d be a very rich man right now if I had a dollar for every time someone claimed a Verizon employee told them that Verizon was about to get the iPhone very soon in 2009 or 2010.

      • BahamasGeek242

        Your right we will not know until an official statement is announced

  • Giraffe

    I’ve got the Lumia 710.  Same processor, but that larger screen and build quality would be absolutely amazing.  I’m sure we won’t get precisely the 900, but we will get something with AWS HSPA+ that has a better build quality (and perhaps one-up that S2 processor running on a single core?)

    • Vim

      Windows Phone is stuck with the S2 until Apollo is released. That won’t be until the 4th quarter of this year at the earliest, long after the leaked late summer release for a 900 variant for T-Mobile.

      On the other hand AWS HSPA+ is pretty much guaranteed for any 900 variant built for T-Mobile.  The 900’s version of the S2 doesn’t have an integrated radio. It’s a separate chip that can be swapped out as part of the design depending upon a carrier’s requirements.  And Qualcomm doesn’t just produce the S2, they also produce AWS HSPA+ radios.

  • Tomnewtn

    According to this article, current Mango phones will not be upgradeable to Apollo due to hardware limitations. I guess I won’t go for any Lumia that cannot upgrade.

  • James Lapierre

    The Lumia 900?? What about the Galaxy Nexus? I’d buy that in a contract has been up for 7 months and im just month to month.dont want to the other  big three but i see nothing I want in terms of phone line up..the HTC one S is nice but i rather the One X 

  • GeneralThade

    T-Mobile Retail Employee — you should have stopped there.  You shouldn’t even post this stuff…it degrades your entire website.

  • mantikos

    You dont know that no one knows that MS has gone on record saying everything out there is a lie…

    • Tomnewtn

      OK, I inserted commas where I “think” they go, and I “think” I agree with you….except- As I said…”according to this article….”. I didn’t say I know, but wouldn’t it be nice to know this possibility exists? If I learn that the 900/910 will upgrade (real upgrade), then I’m interested.