Analyst: Nokia is Keeping U.S. Supplies of the Nokia Lumia 920 Low

Nokia Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 certainly seems to be selling quite well globally, making it one of the most successful handsets sold by Nokia in recent years. That being said, the company seems to be struggling to keep up with the heavy demand for the device, especially in the United States. So what gives?

According to mobile industry analyst Tero Kuittinen, Nokia likely anticipated higher demand in Europe, where the brand is more popular. He further suggests that, due to an expected lower consumer demand, less Nokia Lumia 920 handsets were targeted for the North American launch.

Basically Tero Kuittinen says that reports of phones being sold out in the United States are actually because of restricted supply in the first place, and not necessarily a sign of huge demand. Is he right about Nokia having limited stock in the U.S.? Very possibly, but honestly that doesn’t mean demand for the phone isn’t out there.

Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920 seem to have people talking in a way we have never seen with a Windows-based mobile device before. Sure, past Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices generated some hype as well, but it doesn’t seem to equal up to the same magnitude we are seeing with Nokia’s latest flagship phone. People are curious about the phone and are looking up articles about it, trying to learn more.

The big question is whether the hype for the Lumia 920 will result in long-term success. At the moment, it’s probably to hard to say for sure.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a solid piece of hardware (despite a few small flaws), but the competition from the iPhone and Android handsets is strong. Next year RIM will attempt a comeback with BB10 and Firefox will roll out its own mobile OS, adding even more competition to the market.

Do you think that Windows Phone 8 and Nokia Lumia 920 will win consumers away from these future offerings, or is the Lumia 920′s current success only temporary?

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15 Comments

  1. Kznrocks says:

    Doesn’t sound like many have been used the phone. I also come from an Android / iPhone space, but find the Lumia 920 better. Try it before dissing the product.

  2. VasyaPupkinsan says:

    nobody is “curious” about this fugly piece of junk phone. Stop this nonsense.

  3. Sudheer says:

    Tell me one thing.

    Whether Microsoft depend on only one hardware manufacture for its OS products ?

    No, never. Why, any software company needs to have as many h/w partners as possible. With only one h/w partner, it can sell little and continue to exist.

    Similarly, it is foolish thing that Nokia, being purely a hardware company now, use only one OS in their phones. Even that OS is unproven, ugly and keep on rejected by people. Then, how can it succeed ? It can sell some WP phones but that is not going to change anything in the world, neither for Nokia fans/investors.

    The whole world knows how dirty Microsoft injected its virus Elop into Nokia and killed off Nokia’s best OSes (Symbian and MeeGO), and forced it to use only their OS which has hardly 3% market share.

    No hardware company in the world can survive with only one software partner. It needs to offer as many OSes as possible to crab marketshare, just like how every other guy doing except Nokia.

    • kyrifles says:

      NOK gets $1b a year from MSFT in exchange for not going with Android. It continues to make Symbian-based smartphones.

    • silicon_v says:

      Disclaimer: sorry for my written English.

      My friend, think a little. It is possible today to create software monopolies? Yep, it is very possible. They are called ecosystem. If ecosystem is very big, it is very difficult to be put down. I.E.: Windows-desktop or Android-mobile.

      There is any “hardware” monopoly in the word? Nope. None. I,E,.there is any monopoly in car industry? None.

      It is not wrong at all for Nokia. They realize they will be not able to create and maintain such ecosystem as Apple, Google and Microsoft are able to do it. They have two options: MS or Google. That’s all. It’s not about OS. Take a look at Intel or HP. They are done. No ecosystems. BB will be next victim. FF will be next victim and so on. It’s not about OS to succeed: it’s about OS AND applications, maps solution, browser, cloud computing, games portals, search engine, development tools, etc etc etc.

      “No hardware company in the world can survive with only one software partner” Entire PC hardware industry survive very well with one software partner: Microsoft.

      But, you are right in one point:

      “any software company needs to have as many h/w partners as possible”

      Tell this to Apple :) They don’t believe this. And I think they are wrong. So bizarre, they made the same mistake 20 years ago.

  4. Zac Taylor says:

    hi Andrew, good article. Been a Nokia fan for years, they know how to make hardware. Been using win phone for 2 plus yrs. This version is awesome. Have had iOS and android as well. I think people want something new. Also the idea Nokia would deliberately hold back supply is ridiculous. That sounds more like something Apple marketing would do to create hype. I think there are some iphone diehards who are threatened by a viable 3rd OS. Nokia needs to cell every phone they can. I love my Lumia 920. My android friends are blown away by the speed and camera.

  5. back to reality says:

    Yet Tero Kuittinen has no proof of anything.. why is this a story?

  6. Bruno Valente says:

    my galaxy s3 is on sale on eBay, and have had my 920 for 1 week. I went from apple to android and because of Nokia am giving windows a chance. I’m sure others are doing the same

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