AT&T confirms that it's in talks to launch Nokia Windows Phone devices next year

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| November 16, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800

We're still waiting to hear official word on when we can expect to begin seeing Nokia's Windows Phone invade the U.S., but it sounds like AT&T may be one of the carriers that the devices ultimately call home in the States. Glenn Lurie, head of AT&T's tablets unit in Dallas, confirmed to Bloomberg that the operator is in talks with Nokia to begin selling its Windows Phone devices sometime next year. Lurie said that the two companies are currently busy working on the details of an agreement but that there's nothing to announce just yet. There was no mention of specifically which handsets AT&T might offer.

Of course, being that Glenn Lurie is the head of AT&T's tablet unit, he couldn't end the interview without touching a bit on the carrier's future tablet plans. Lurie revealed that AT&T intends to lower the prices on its tablets, offering discounts on slates from the likes of Samsung and Acer for customers willing to sign on the dotted line of a two-year contract.

At one point said AT&T said that it would be "the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7" here in the U.S., so it would make sense for the carrier to offer some of the most anticipated Windows Phone hardware we've ever seen. As far as what devices AT&T may get, we've heard that an LTE-capable Lumia 800 may be in the cards and that it could be unveiled at CES in January. We'll keep you updated as we learn more. In the mean time, if you're a U.S. Windows Phone fan aching for a crack at a Nokia-made handset, Aaron did just post a two-part video review of the Lumia 800 that can be found here and here. Just sayin'.

Via Engadget, Bloomberg Businessweek