11-15-2012, 11:58 AM #1
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(I can't believe I just said that!) But I really am. I walked into the the store during a "quick" ten minute break from work and was greeted by a rather large display for WP8 highlighting the 822 and 8X in an area of the store that has been reserved for iphone in the past which is on the main wall of the store. I was also greeted by reps that actually seemed interested in the devices. They had the black and white 822 on display but the store did not have the 8X on display. After talking to the reps they said the store had not received them yet but hoped they would by the end of the day. The store also had a black JBL Powerup charging speaker on display. Because of the anti-theft devices hooked to the 822's I couldn't try out the wireless charging or NFC features. But one of the reps pulled out his iphone and and paired it up via Bluetooth and played some music on it. It sounded awesome with plenty of bass and no distortion even at higher volume levels (he actually turned it up quite loud). Looks like a nice Christmas present for me!
The store also had the MS Surface on display but the bezel was covered by the display (only the screen could be seen). I asked the rep about it and he said it was definitely the Surface and told me that there is a good chance that they would be stocking them in their stores. I told him "no way, are you sure"? He said he was surprised as well since he knew that it was supposed to be available only at MS stores. I will still take that with a grain of salt though. I will believe that when I see it.
Overall 2 thumbs up for Big Red! :)
- 11-15-2012, 12:27 PM #3
I went to mine as well. The 822 is actually nicer than I thought it would be. Very snappy. They need a demo account on them, though, so you can actually use all its features. Like you said, there was no 8X, which is what I really wanted to check out. I did see one guy after me check the 822 out, but I wasn't there for very long to see if there was any other WP excitement going on.
- 11-15-2012, 12:48 PM #4
- 11-15-2012, 04:48 PM #8
:@ Even though the Nokia and Verizon web pages state that the Lumia 822 has wireless charging, it does not! See below:
Thank you for emailing Nokia Care.
We at Nokia would like to thank you for your continuous support in our products.
We would like to clarify that for the Nokia Lumia 822 from Verizon Wireless, you need to purchase a separate wireless charging shell and a charging a plate for wireless charging. Please note that the availability of the said accessories are dependent from your network provider. However, please be advised that a wall/USB charger is included in the sales package.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us again. To ensure proper handling of your case, kindly continue using the current subject line.
You may also call Nokia Careline at 1-888-665-4228 from Mondays to Fridays at 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST for immediate assistance.
Last edited by radioage54; 11-15-2012 at 06:54 PM.
- 11-16-2012, 11:33 PM #11
11-17-2012, 01:07 AM #13
- 265 Posts
JBL Power Up speaker and wireless charger combo now shipping, whimsically priced around $250 -- Engadget
so they are $250 but for some reason they're $300 on AT&T. TBH $250 is not that bad. (or is it?) lol
11-17-2012, 01:27 AM #14
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- 11-17-2012, 01:56 AM #15
The Verizon store in my area also did proud. Corporate store in a BIG market area (Chicago near west suburbs which is where most of the people with income are). They likewise have the Windows Phones prominently displayed where the iPhones used to be - in fact the entire store has been made over and I find the layout of the devices way more logical now. For example all of the tablets are grouped together.
The reps on duty know what Windows Phone 8 is and have a couple set up with accounts so that they can walk people through what it offers.
As to the 8X, can we stop the FUD already? It is a high end phone. Display is top of the line, so is camera and so is the CPU. Build quality is outstanding. And remember Verizon's version has twice the memory of the others and also built in wireless charging.
Also, Verizon has VERY clever ads running on local TV using their "so advanced it's simple" tagline. So for now at least kudos to Big Red!
- 11-17-2012, 02:24 AM #16
If I had saw this thread before I made mine I wouldn't have made it, anyways I have the same sentiments. My experience:
So I went to VZW to get a case for my L22.
To my surprise they had a big WP poster up that said "Amazingly Simple Is Here" with a picture of the 8X. Inside there was no WP stuff except for the kisok that had the WP phones and a little LCD screen that demo'd what WP was all about. All of the employees were wearing blue "Windows Phone" shirts and their ID tags all had little avatars on it with the WP logo.
The guy who sold me the case for my L22 wasn't very talkative though so I didn't ask how WP was doing or anything. Just got my case and left.
I didn't expect "so much" WP stuff around the store though.
11-17-2012, 03:14 AM #18
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Adding my own proud Verizon Wireless moment, I was in the store on launch day and witnessed a very nice salesperson selling an 822 to a nice older gentleman. He wanted a smartphone, but he didn't like the 'other versions.'
He saw the 822, played around with it, and liked that it was like Windows 8.
The sales lady was very patient, answered all questions, and was very knowledgeable. It was very plesant to see.
- 11-17-2012, 04:03 AM #19
Unfortunaly my store is in shambles. The sales people are 100% in with the Iphone or Droid. I went in on launch day during my lunch break. The 822 was on a display next to a window with Droids on eaither side. (kinda of clever actually) The sad thing was they had 3 working 822's with a dummy phone above each one. The only problem was all the operable phones were all dark. There was no demo app running, no live tiles, nothing but black screens. To make things worse the Surface in the middle of the display was broken, the screen said "Surface was unable to repair hard drive" so I powered it down. There were no 8X's anywhere nor any place where they might go. In talking to 3 different sales reps asking when they would get the 8X they all said we have them right over there(pointing to the 822) One sales person asked why I even like Windows Phone 8 anyway, just get what everyone else gets....... Not good! On a posative note the 822 is much, much better looking in person. I'm torn between getting it or the 8X now or holding out 3 months in hopes a better phone is released.
- 11-17-2012, 04:18 AM #20
- 11-17-2012, 05:53 AM #22
My Verizon store had the WP8 display and it looked good, but it was kind of in the back of the store. I played with the phones and tried to make the screens look a little better, but there wasn't an account to be able to download any apps so I couldn't do a lot. Then, after I left, I realized that I should have set the screens to never turn off so that they wouldn't go black when they shut down. Will need to do that Monday, haha.
11-18-2012, 01:46 PM #24
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I just went to my local Verizon Wireless store yesterday, and I saw the same thing as the OP. The Lumia 822 and HTC 8X right between the Droids and other phones, and a working Surface tablet above them. I don't know if the salespeople hate Windows Phone, but last year I asked to get a Trophy to replace my android the guy said "Is there something wrong with the droid device". That's all I know.
- 11-18-2012, 01:50 PM #25
Went to my local VZW store Friday night. Walked in and was asked if I needed any assistance. I said do you have the Lumia 822 on display anywhere. She replied, sure it's right over there in the Windows Phone section. Sure enough, there was a white and black 822 over there along with the 8X. Went back the next morning and was first in line. Told them I wanted to buy the 822 in black off contract. No problems at all. He even showed me all the accessories they had for it. He turned it on and set it up so I could get into my Microsoft account and sync my Google account with all my contacts too. Very easy process. Took 30 min.