Has the Nokia Lumia 920 been delayed?

Has the Nokia Lumia 920 been delayed?With Nokia UK remaining steadfastly resolute in its silence over when the Lumia 920 Windows Phone will officially go on sale, we've been forced to scout around Europe for scraps of info that might reveal a little more.

Which is how we stumbled across a worrying tweet from Swisscom stating the Lumia 920 would only be available at the end of November – and not mid-month as it was saying until just recently. So has Nokia's flagship WinPho warrior been delayed?

Let's be clear: the Lumia 920 (and to a lesser extent the lesser Lumia 820) is a massively important release for Nokia – to put it simply, if it isn't a success Nokia might as well throw in the towel altogether.

The company already took plenty of heat for announcing its Windows Phone 8 duo early last month without having any clear info on when they would actually go on sale – which (we learned soon after) was mainly because Microsoft hadn't actually finished WP8 and so couldn't deliver a fixed launch date itself.

Not ideal, obviously, but not a deal-breaker: so long as work on Windows Phone 8 was wrapped up close to or on time (on time being at the end of October) we'd see the Lumia 920 early in November – which is the info most of us have been going on.

But in answering a subscriber query over the weekend, Swisscom said the handset would only land in “late November” (not the mid-November time frame it has promised in the past), and that there remains “no information on ordering”.

So has Nokia's great hope been hit by delays, or are we reading too much into Swisscom's choice of words? We certainly hope so, because we've seen a massive array of powerful new mobile hardware unleashed since Nokia's new handsets were announced at Nokia World, and if the late-November theory is true, just about all of it will already be on the shelves tempting Christmas buyers before Nokia even gets out of the starting blocks.

Via WMPowerUser

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 8, 2012 at 18:09

Well...
It appears Microsoft is still fiddling with WP8. So I've been wondering how Nokia (or HTC etc) were to ship finished devices a week after the WP8 unveil.
Lets hope Nokia can sustain the relatively positive vibe.
Risky for the Xmas trade, though. With the 'economy' the way it is, a lot of folks are buying early this year - or at least start early to spread out the misery. If people wanna wait til 5 to 12 when there's already the SGS3, Note 2 and iPhone 5???

eddie54  Oct. 8, 2012 at 18:44

This sucks!!!
It won't deter me from ordering my Lumia. Expansys.com has pre-order but no pricing available yet...
If you are int he UK or Ireland, digital-phone .co .uk has it for 469Pounds about $760 US...And available for pre-order in yellow or black only...
They have their stock due on Nov 5th..

I've pre-ordered mine in yellow on expansys.com for the UK site...But if you order from expansys.com and use Japan or China site you could get in any of gray white red yellow or black, and not just black or yellow on UK expansys site, or just Black on USA or Canada epansys site...

Pondlife  Oct. 8, 2012 at 19:23

Thought I'd read a while back that wp8 had been released to the manufacturers though.
Could just be that Nokia isn't interested in the swiss market..

Pondlife  Oct. 8, 2012 at 20:09

If not even knowing what the OS you are buying is like will deter you then I wouldn't expect a rumoured delay to. Can it really be a delay when they've never confirmed a release date anyway?

satchef1  Oct. 8, 2012 at 20:14

It's not launching in all territories at once. Most likely scenario here is that Switzerland isn't a launch territory (especially given the Swisscom tweet would contradict countless other operators and retailers who are touting 'late October', 'early November' or specific dates early in November (AT&T, 4/11; TeliaSonera, 12/11; Phone House, 'late October').

And yes, Windows Phone has gone RTM:

http://www.mobot.net/windows-phone-8-reportedly-hits-rtm-47563

Pondlife  Oct. 8, 2012 at 20:25

I wouldn't trust that source though ;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2012 at 09:28

satchef could be on to something. Nokia actually confirmed that the Lumia 920 would only be launched in select markets, initially, and then worldwide. So, most likely, the Swiss were just a bit eager - doing an 'expansys', so to speak ;)
I had forgotten all about that LOL

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 10, 2012 at 09:12

satchef could be on to something. Nokia actually confirmed that the Lumia 920 would only be launched in select markets, initially, and then worldwide. So, most likely, the Swiss were just a bit eager - doing an 'expansys', so to speak ;)
I had forgotten all about that LOL

...oh, and not only 'select markets' - they are also gonna try the old network-exclusive trick. You know, the one that saved Palm when things got rocky.

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