Well, we all know that the Nokia Lumia 900 is expected to be the Finnish manufacturer and Microsoft’s flagship release for American customers. It was a star at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show and is expected to be sold through AT&T starting March 18, 2012.
But what many consumers don’t realize is at that very same CES, Microsoft announced it would soon be releasing an unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 for American consumers. If the Verge’s unnamed source is on the level, the Lumia 800 will finally make its American debut on February 14.
There’s a bit of a catch, though. Yes, unlocked phones cost a pretty penny compared to contract phones, but the Lumia 800, according to the Verge, may cost a whopping $899 once available. So much for Nokia and Microsoft’s Valentine’s Day treat for US customers, right?
The $899 price may be a small fortune no matter how you look at it, but aside from the Lumia 800 handset, this price would also cover a Purity HD Stereo Headset, another headset with Bluetooth capability and a Nokia Play 360 Wireless Speaker.
Then again, $900 is a good deal more expensive than your usual unlocked phone. While Nokia may be targeting Valentine’s Day shoppers with the release of a new handset (at least for Americans), analysts believe the steep price tag won’t justify itself considering the other options available.
This would hold especially true for customers more interested in the Lumia 900 (only $99 with a two-year AT&T contract) and those who already own one or more of the peripherals that come with the Lumia 800 package.