Nokia 900 hitting the US in March, but what's next for Europe?

Nokia 900 hitting the US in March, but what's next for Europe?Even at the height of its powers Nokia wasn't much of a force in the US, but it's looking to change that in the Windows Phone era and last week unveiled the 4G-friendly Lumia 900 at CES.

And the good news – for US punters anyway – is that Nokia has revealed the 4.3-inch Lumia flagship will be on sale as soon as March.

That came via the Nokia Developer Blog, and continues the Finns' recent record of tightening up its announcement-to-on-sale window to around 60 days – not bad when you think back to the bad old days of the Nokia N97.

The Nokia Developer Blog repeats the line that for now the Lumia 900 is an AT&T exclusive, but according to a WinSupersite rumour that exclusivity last for just 45 days and the Lumia 900 will be offered by the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon by mid-year.

That would make a lot of sense given how much ground Nokia have to make up across the Atlantic. Right or wrong, the partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone unquestionably aligns Nokia with a more US-centred focus going forward, and the company has quietly been building its 4G infrastructure in the US behind the scenes.

Whether it'll get anywhere remains to be seen, of course, but the Lumia 900 is far more than just a global device being debuted in the States – it's a smartphone built for the US.

And while there's been plenty of speculation that it's just a matter of time until the flagship Windows Phone handset gets a global release, we're not so sure. Everything Nokia has done over the past year has been geared towards releasing specific handsets in specific markets.

We've seen it everywhere from the entry-level Touch and Type handsets, through the debut Symbian Belle phones, the elusive Nokia N9 and most recently the Asha range that debuted for developing markets at the same time as the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 were announced at Nokia World.

It's only about six weeks to go till Mobile World Congress, and Nokia will be present in Barcelona in a big way. At this stage the Windows Phone range in Europe has its low- and mid-range contenders (the 710 and the 800) and things are all set for the announcement of a flagship device at MWC – it's the obvious thing to do.

But will it simply be a Lumia 900 without LTE networking? Somehow we have our doubts.

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