10-05-2012, 10:37 AM #1
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Black will be the only colour in Canada according to Nokia's specs at:
Nokia Lumia 920 Specifications - Nokia - Canada
Also, a lot of features are not mentioned and bands are lacking compared to the US specs:
Nokia Lumia 920 Specifications - Nokia - USA
I was really hoping they'd offer Cyan at launch. The 900 launched in Black, but they did eventually offer Cyan months later, so maybe they will with the 920 3-4 months months later.
- 10-05-2012, 10:56 AM #4
I think the bands are still there, but they probably don't want people unlocking the phone and using it on another carrier. I bet it has to do with Rogers' exclusivity deal.
Other posters have pointed out that the Nokia global site is listing other bands not mentioned on the North American sites.
I have a feeling it will be a similar situation to when the 710 came out on Rogers. It initially did not list some of the bands, but when unlocked people got the phone to work with other carriers.
10-05-2012, 11:28 AM #7
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In any case this is fairly depressing news all round. Even if they will be releasing other colour options in a few months what's the point, especially if the HTC offerings make their way up here in all their glory. I still really want the Lumia 920, red or yellow would be nice, and unfortunately I'm stuck using Bell, not just on contract but because of better coverage in my location.
It looks like I may have to ship it from elsewhere. Does anyone have any links they would like to provide for buying a phone outright that will work on Bell Mobility's bands?
- 10-05-2012, 11:54 AM #8
Yeah, I doubt they changed manufacturing lines just to make a Canadian specific version. It is not economical for them to change hardware specs for different countries. The added cost of having separate lines doesn't make sense. It just simply isn't listed. I used my Rogers L900 on Vodafone in Italy with no problems back in May.
I dunno...the situation in Canada makes no sense. Why is it that no company has come forward to sell unsubsidized, unbranded phones in this damn country?? Is there some sort of CRTC red tape that prevents it? Anyone here have any insight on why this might be?
- 10-05-2012, 12:15 PM #9
Very disappointed that the Lumia 920 is exclusive to Rogers again. And even more disappointing is that it's annouced to be available only in black. I have never been more let down about a release for a phone. Nokia's has been hyping up this phone since it was announced all over the internet and media, showing off it's unique selection of beautiful colours and features all over Nokia Canada's Facebook page only to release it in the most conservative colour. Rogers or Nokia might want to know that a poll was done here and out 8,789 votes (so far) the #1 voted colour choice was cyan at 26% of votes followed by black at 18% and yellow at 17%.
I was waiting to buy this phone. I was even considering switching to Rogers from Telus just to be able to use tethering and MMS finally (because Nokia refuses to release the network setup app in Canada) and then hearing that black is the only option is a big let down. Almost as much as restricting this phone to one carrier.
So my choices are pray AT&T allow unlocking of their branded L920 (which I doubt), find another version that has compatible bands and more colour choices or buy the Ativ S or 8X. Neither of which I really care to buy as much as the 920.
Very disappointed with today's announcements.
- 10-05-2012, 12:30 PM #10
This color restriction BS is getting on my nerves. I do not know who's responsibility it is, Nokia or Rogers, but the variety of bold colors is one of the main signatures for the Lumia line.
Offer the phone in all colors for every carrier so people have a broader choice and happy. Restricting colors does absolutely nothing positive but ruins the Lumia's lively trait! I don't get companies sometimes at all!
NOKIA makes fun of Apple for only offering only black and white phones, and then only offers black with Rogers. I will be buying my 920 unlocked from overseas I guess.
- 10-05-2012, 12:40 PM #11
Rogers should have at least offered one more colour choice or have the option to order another colour online only.
- 10-05-2012, 12:45 PM #12
The choice to stock a particular colour is most likely on Rogers and not Nokia. Nokia would supply whatever colours that Rogers would order from them.
I think it's just a symptom of the Canadian wireless industry. The big 3 have been selling phones under 2 and 3 year contracts for so long that many average consumers would be unwilling to buy unsubsidized phones thinking that they would be too expensive.
There is a Microsoft store opening in Toronto sometime in the future so I'm hoping they will sell unlocked phones.
- 10-05-2012, 01:06 PM #16
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- 10-05-2012, 03:18 PM #21
Eaton Centre will be one of those pop up holiday shops opening on Oct 26th. Yorkdale will have the full store opening on November 16. Microsoft Store Locations - Store Lookup
I hope they will have unlocked 920s, but I wouldn't bet on it.
- 10-05-2012, 04:46 PM #22
Great about the holiday store, I can at least call them and check about the Lumias. I did look up the permanent store and it does appear to be opening on Nov 16th. Yorkdale is easier to get to anyways (and has free parking:P)
10-05-2012, 05:47 PM #23
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Just go to any Hong Kong style Asian mall and get them to order you an unlocked one or go through an online retailer like Negri. They are usually quite reliable.
Warning. Warranty is only valid in the country your phone was purchased usually. So you might want to buy warranty but I never do and haven't been burned yet.
If you are from Vancouver, check out Mobiledna. They are great.
- 10-05-2012, 08:01 PM #24
- 10-06-2012, 05:09 PM #25
Will an unlocked AT&T phone work on Rogers?
I am reasonable close to the border and would be willing to drive.
Moreover if the Microsoft store has them I will just get a friend to pick one up and mail it. Anything to give Rogers less money after this very poor decision.
Not a surprise at all, though :(