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Nokia has jumped the gun a bit by releasing details of the T-Mobile Nokia 710 before their actual event in USA today, but then it is likely quite late in the day in Espoo.
The handset is basically stock and only comes with a black battery cover and will be pre-loaded with Nokia Drive,Â The Weather Channel, ESPN, Netflix, App Highlights, T-Mobile TV, My Account, Slacker Radio, and TeleNav GPS. Â It will of course support HSDPA on the AWS bands and also AT&T’s 850 mHZ band.
The handset will have HSDPA + and will be labelled 4G, and will cost $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The data sheet can be seen at Nokia here.
Update: Â Here is the press release via BGR.com.
T-Mobile Brings Nokia Lumia 710 to the U.S. Â
Nokia and T-Mobile deliver a leading entry-level Windows Phone experience to the nearly 150 million Americans still to make the transition to smartphones.Â
BELLEVUE, Wash., and SUNNYVALE, Calif. â€” Dec. 14, 2011 â€”Â T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Nokia today announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia in the United States. Targeted at the nearly 150 million Americans who havenâ€™t purchased their first smartphones, the 4G-capable Nokia Lumia 710 delivers high-performance hardware, Nokiaâ€™s best social and Internet experience, and access to popular smartphone applications and services from Windows Phone Marketplace.
Running on Americaâ€™s Largest 4G Networkâ„¢, the Nokia Lumia 710 benefits from the unique people-first approach of Windows Phone, bringing together all interactions with family and friends in People Hub. The Nokia Lumia 710 also provides one-click access to popular services, such as Netflix, T-Mobile TV with mobile HD1Â and a leading mobile Web experience with Internet ExplorerÂ® Mobile, Bingâ„¢Â Search with voice activation and Local Scout for locally relevant search results. The smartphone also brings access to signature Nokia experiences, such as Nokia Drive for voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and ESPN for exclusive sports content.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to team with Nokia in bringing its first Windows Phone to the U.S. with the elegantly designed Nokia Lumia 710,â€ said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. â€œWindows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends.Â We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012.â€
Today, people are increasingly upgrading to smartphones, and many are doing so for the first time. According to the NPD Group, U.S. smartphone sales reached 59 percent in the third quarter 2011, an increase of 13 percent since third quarter 2010. With an increasing demand for smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 710 offers a compelling experience aimed at addressing the needs of the nearly 150 million people in the U.S. who have yet to upgrade to their first smartphones.
â€œOur research shows nearly everybody in the U.S. wants a smartphone, but many believe they canâ€™t afford it,â€ Brodman said. â€œThatâ€™s where T-Mobile shines. Our Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans make it more affordable than ever to step up to mobile data on our 4G network.â€
â€The Nokia Lumia 710 is the perfect first-time smartphone: a well-designed product that delivers the most compelling Windows Phone experience in its price range and with access to great content and thousands of applications,â€ said Chris Weber, president, Nokia Americas. â€œThis is the perfect first Nokia Lumia experience and the start of our re-entry into the U.S. smartphone market.â€
Available in a black or white finish, the Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA scratch-resistant display for outstanding outdoor viewing and a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragonâ„¢ processor providing speedy access to entertainment and information on-the-go. It also features a 5-megapixel camera with Nokiaâ€™s leading camera technology, enabling people to take pictures in almost any light condition and share on social networks in seconds. With the most integrated work-life solution of any mobile platform via the Windows Phone Office Hub and an interactive mobile gaming experience via Xbox LIVEÂ®, the Nokia Lumia 710 is the complete all-round first-time smartphone experience.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide, and online atÂ http://www.t-mobile.comÂ starting Jan. 11. The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to cost $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.Â For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com/lumia.