It appears that AT&T is about to a make a big 4G LTE splash early next year, with the introduction of a 4G Windows phone from Nokia.
Nokia introduced its Lumia phones last month but gave no firm U.S. launch dates. Now WinRumors reports that Nokia is in talks with several U.S. carriers to launch an LTE compatible handset and AT&T seems to be ahead of the pack. AT&T is well behind Verizon in its LTE launch and hopes to have service in 15 markets by year’s end.
An exclusive launch on a highly anticipated phone like the new Nokia would be a boon. Nokia, sources say, is planning to launch the U.S. phone at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Windows Phone Division boss Andy Lee was quoted in several published reports recently saying that his company was working on figuring out a way to do a 4G/LTE phone that wasn’t a huge battery hog. Current devices, even the latest ones, will suck hard on a battery when using the fast 4G speeds.
Nokia has two versions of the Lumia, the 800 and the 710. Both phones have 1.4 gig processors and a 3.7 inch screen. The 800 has a better screen and an 8-megapixel camera. The 800 goes for about $585 and 710 at $376 sans contract.