Nokia Canada promises new Lumia devices for later this year

Daniel Bader

July 22, 2014 8:58 am

Nokia Canada has promised to release new Lumia devices besides the already-announced Lumia 635 this year, reassuring loyal fans that it is still very much involved in the country’s smartphone ecosystem.

Nokia hasn’t released a high-end device in Canada since the Lumia 1020 last summer while big launches like the Lumia 1520, Icon and 930 have come and gone without a peep from the Canadian offices. The company confirmed to its Twitter followers that it would not be releasing the Lumia 1520 at all (though it’s contesting one off), but says others are coming soon.

Windows Phone 8.1 was announced earlier this year, and Nokia plans to bring the update to all of its current WP8 devices, including the 520, 620, 625, 920 and 1020. Carriers had a good track record of releasing the previous major update, Lumia Black, so expect a good turnaround time on Lumia Cyan.

Nokia will likely unveil a bevy of new devices, for both the entry and high-end markets, in the coming months, so the Lumia 930 may also be an intermediary phone before the next big Windows Phone 8.1 product push.

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  • Petephone

    Welcome back, you SOB!

    • 5Gs

      Well said.

  • villain

    Wonder if Bell will finally get a Lumia? crazy to think Bell hasn’t had a single Lumia ever. unless it’s bad blood between companies.

    • Cormang

      Yes, they will. They were supposed to have a Lumia earlier this year. No idea what happened to those plans.

  • Jonah Emery

    I’m going to wait until Microsoft has a clear predictable strategy when it comes to its Windows Phone OS and devices. I got burned by getting the Lumia 700 a couple of months before it was announced it couldn’t be upgraded to Windows 8. Left a real bad taste in my mouth. A Surface phone?

    • Harley22x

      That was due to the required core switch. The hardware that Windows Phone 7 came on would not have preformed well with the new kernel. Windows Phone was changed to share a core with Windows 8, to pave the way to a unification of OS’s. Since it has been changed, the core doesn’t need to switch again. It was a technological necessary shift, not just a sudden decision.

    • Jonah Emery

      I know, but I’m still waiting until the Threshold transition is over.

  • Rinedog

    The Canadian Windows Phone market has been handled so poorly up to this point. They have a lot of work to do to make any headway north of the border. A start would be to begin bringing their high end devices to CDN and not just the budget line of 520 and 620 type phones.

    • Benny X

      the sad thing is that even the low-end Lumia’s are obscenely overpriced in Canada. that probably doesn’t help sales any. A Lumia 625 for $200? Come on.. who are they trying to kid… the Moto G is $150.

    • silver_arrow

      Agreed a 520/521 in the US is $50-$60 and here it is $125 ish. Over double the price

    • Cormang

      The carriers are to blame.

    • Rinedog

      Oh, I agree. But Nokia Canada has not been trying too hard either.

  • mopar44o

    Right after I order a 930 from omega cell

    • Marc Palumbo

      Right now, the 930 doesn’t have an LTE enabled phone for Canada. At least the 1520 has the 1520.3 that’ll work here

    • skinnypig

      930 has band 7 2600 MHz, which in theory should work with Rogers and Bell. I ordered one from omegacell too.

    • Marc Palumbo

      in theory. I would love to test one out before I make the purchase

    • mopar44o

      I I talked to someone doing it. It worked. I recieved it today. Ill post update tomorrow

    • Marc Palumbo

      awesome. Let me know you lucky SOB

    • mopar44o

      So far so good. I tested my speed on my lumia 900 prior and was get 5.7mb download on lte. I did it again on my 930 and getting 8.7mb! So definetly LTE

      Only thing that sucks was that going from 900 to 930 theres no easy way to transfer everything. 900 is 7.8 windows and 930 is 8.1. I was able to get contacts and the stuff on my calender but had to redownload all my apps again and stuff.

      Phone is nice, smooth, and quick.

    • Shimoner01

      I made that mistake with a 1520. The connectivity is woefully inconsistent. I get 4G sometimes, but mostly H+. This is on Rogers. It works, but I’d only warn that it probably won’t be as good as what you’re used to.

    • Don Sod

      Doesn’t rogers offer LTE 2100 and 2600 in most markets? You’re right it should work no problem. 700Mhz would be nice to ‘future proof’ though. Personally I’m perfectly happy with HSPA+ anyways.

    • mopar44o

      Rogers 2600 hand is covered. I read from someone who has one he was getting faster speeds than his old iPhone. It won’t say lte because it’s called 4g in Europe.

  • skinnypig

    I’ll believe it when it really happens. It’s frustrating that we are just an afterthought for them. And oh, remember to bring more colours this time.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Too bad I can only increase your vote by 1

  • bblairt

    The Icon and 1520 have been out for a while now, the 930 while some consider the first real 920 replacement is really just a carbon copy of the Icon (just HSPA+ instead of CDMA and coming with WP8.1 out of the box).

    While it sucks Canada has yet to see any of the Snapdragon 800 devices from Nokia yet I think something even higher end is coming soon. Likely using Snapdragon 801/805 SoC instead. Rumors of the 1525 (with a 801) are already surfacing.

    I’m hoping for a 1020 replacement with a Snapdragon 805. The 805 SoC supports cameras officially up to 55MP (800/801 only support 21MP officially). I say officially as the 1020 is using an even older SoC and uses a 41MP camera but anyone who’s used one knows while it takes great pictures it’s not the quickest. The same or improved sensor with a Snapdragon 805 just makes sense. Here’s for hoping.

  • Brian Callacabbage

    Since Nokia has snubbed wind I will snub them! I and my 15,000 facebook friends will boycott them! Wind will also do the same!!! who are they to say he network is not good? I have 0 issues! 5 bars everywhere! EXCEPT when the rogers stooges knock over the wind towers!!! I know who you are rootybooty!

    • 5Gs

      Well said.

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      You do realise that is an imposter right?

    • Shimoner01

      Wind just released a WP8 app. Possible that’s changing, or do they have other WP8 models?

    • Brian Callacabbage

      They have all the phones coming out! My friend Sherri has the inside track!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Bull. Crap. Stop making claims such as that in my name.

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      clearly that person’s name is jason and they’re impersonating somebody.

    • Philosoraptor

      Yeah, that’ll show ‘em ;)

    • Brian Callacabbage

      You know it will start a revolution! The best phones on the best network!!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Thats what rodgers claims. Are you working for them? Keep on impersonating me and it is going to backfire. lol

    • Cormang

      If a carrier doesn’t carry a device, it’s not the OEM’s fault. It’s the carriers. Bell refused to carry Nokia for a very long time…

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      You can tell that this person knows squat about what they’re talking about and also, they’re impersonating my facebook.

    • Brian Callacabbage

      well all of my friend are friends! I can call them anytime and they will help me out of a jam unless I am getting my signal blocked by a rogers stooge!

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Bull crap. Stop posing as me and get a life. Making such quotes/claims as what you just said there is complete rubbish.

    • The Rooty’s Tweeties

      Jason/Angelos, I wish you would just give up impersonating my facebook and focus on life. Do you have too much time on your hands? All of those claims are distorted.

  • Russell Porter

    By the time they release anything a newer phone will be out and then they won’t sell because people will want what’s new. I don’t understand why they won’t launch new devices in Canada at the same time as everywhere else.

    • Shimoner01

      It’s likely that the carriers here don’t want to take the phones, rather than Nokia not wanting to sell them here.

  • Sam Wiggans

    If the 930 was here I would have already owned it ..

  • beyond

    finally some good news

  • Chris Dunphy

    It is so hard to be a Windows Phone enthusiast in Canada right now. I have been pleading with Microsoft/Nokia for months to just sell their phones unlocked on the Microsoft Store website, like Google and Apple are already doing. It is obvious that the carriers up here prefer to push Android for various reasons. I have theories about this of course… carrier bloatware cannot be easily removed on Android phones, and the support for updates is generally much worse for Android so that’s cheaper for the carriers to operate. Rogers is gearing up to push Lumia cyan to cheap phones like the 520, and my 920 which is 1.5 years old. This probably annoys them.

    It’s too bad. Windows Phone really is amazing in many ways, reminds me of the Commodore Amiga back in the day. Superior in some ways, but unappreciated. Still, the way Nokia has given Canadians limited choice in carriers, models, and colors has been a really losing strategy from the start. Sadly, I don’t see this changing anytime soon.

    Another thought, is the fact that Blackberry is still strong here in Canada part of the reason why the Windows Phone market here is ignored? WP is probably #4 here, instead of #3 like it is in other places?

    • Benny X

      carrier bloatware can indeed be easily removed on Android phones. *if you’re willing to root the phone. support for updates is fine if you don’t buy some garbage Android phone from a Chinese company. Stick with HTC, Sony, Samsung, LG, etc. and you’ll get at least one update and possibly two. Realistically, most phones are not supported beyond one year, year.5 if lucky. Most users of midrange phones replace them every 2 years if not sooner, so support for updates is kind of a pointless argument to make. (and expecting 3 years of update support even for a flagship phone is never going to happen). Hell, even Blackberry phones get decent update support, as long as you’re not on AT&T.

      * – i’m done with the rooting hassles and potential security risks of Android, thus my interest in Windows Phone. I’ve done Android and Blackberry phones and i’ll never buy Apple. So WP is all there is left.

    • Chris Dunphy

      I used to have a Galaxy SII. Sadly the Exynos processor made running CyanogenMod difficult. It wasn’t a fun experience for me. Windows Phone was a breath of fresh air. The elegance and simplicity of iOS at a much more affordable price :-)

    • Cormang

      I truly believe Windows Phone has been ignored because of BlackBerry. I think behind the scenes the carriers are doing it on purpose to show respect for BlackBerry even though they’re not pushing BlackBerry either. There are a lot of loyal BlackBerry users out there because it’s a Canadian company and they have invested interest. Unfortunately I just don’t see that loyalty lasting much longer… which should be a good thing for Windows Phone.

    • Chris Dunphy

      I dunno, Blackberry seems to be hanging on in Canada. People are still buying them. There is a fair amount of buzz about the Passport. The thing I can’t get is why Microsoft won’t sell their flagship phones unlocked, especially considering almost all of the models have pentaband variants that will run on any carrier in the country, including Wind/Videotron.
      I hope Windows Phone can get a foothold here, maybe then we’d get Cortana and some other goodies.

    • Harley22x

      Cortana is available in Update 1 in Canada now.

  • Doug Bolster

    Too bad they can’t figure this out, I’m hesitant to buy a Windows phone because I don’t trust that they won’t abandon the market

    • Cormang

      Microsoft is a Mobile First, Cloud First company. It’s there new mission statement. Windows Phone isn’t going anywhere… I can’t say the same for Canadian carriers…

    • Doug Bolster

      Yes I know about windows mobile, I know the previous OS had been around for a long time and I didn’t mention anything about apple. I’m lamenting the fact that the latest Lumia devices are slow to arrive in Canada, which means MS may be hesitant toward the Canadian market if the carriers don’t think they can sell WP8. I’m not talking about MS exiting the smartphone market.

  • 5Gs

    Right after they lay off $18000 people and then they come out with this phone by slaving 100 people they have left lol. Sorry i am not buying any MS products because you slave my humanity.

    • Benny X

      that is the nature of capitalism.

      heck we’re all slaves, in one way or another.

    • 5Gs

      Indeed. Sadly. Slavery never ended. It actually got better. Why slave one race when you can slave the whole humanity without them realizing.

    • Cormang

      To be fair, the majority of the lay offs are of Nokia’s feature phone business in which was going to be killed off regardless if Microsoft acquired them or not…

    • 5Gs

      I totally agree but there could have been a little hope but it was a shock to me that MS mole was inside nokia to let it die sooner.

  • Shimoner01

    So, this is obviously just a personal opinion, and it may not be popular here; but if I were Microsoft, I’d wait until I had several new, attractive products before releasing new phones in Canada.
    The method of releasing one model at a time in Canada, with virtually no advertising to go along with it, has not done them any favours. If you walk into a Rogers store, they’ll have the 1020 and 625 sitting off in a corner in the store collecting dust; the presence of those phones is hardly noticeable. One way I think they might avoid that fate, is to release 4 or 5 models at once, including a legitimate flagship (i.e. 530, 630, 830, 1030, 1530) all at once, work with (i.e. pay) carriers to carry and prominently display the phones, and run a media blitz. I know that this sounds like a bad case of wishful thinking, but I don’t know how else Microsoft is going to get any mindshare in Canada.
    I have a 1520 and, though people comment on it alot (given the size), no one has the first clue that it’s a Nokia, let alone that it runs Windows Phone. When they ask what it is and I say a Windows Phone, people have literally said “is that some kind of Android.” I can only take from that that they don’t even know that Windows Phone exists. Further, despite Nokia’s pretty original and consistent design, the only guess anyone anyone has ever made in the make of the phone is Samsung.
    Microsoft just needs to do a much better job marketing their phones here. If that means paying carriers through the teeth to do that, then that’s what they should do if they want to have any chance of success here. So far as releasing the 930 goes, I don’t necessarily see the harm, but I also don’t think it will do anything for the platform. A few diehard users will buy it, but the 930 is a 6-month old model with no real standout features, camera aside. If anything, poor sales figures might give carriers one more reason not to support the Windows Phone platform.

    • Philosoraptor

      See, I personally don’t care if the carriers carry it or not. I’ve been a Nokia user from 2000 to today and have been through 17 different phones theta ran on Symbian, MeeGo, WP7, and WP8. Currently I have a Lumia Icon.

      All I want is for Microsoft to start selling their flagship products directly through their store. Whatever they choose to do/not to do through carriers on top of that is of no concern to me.

      I just want to have my phone covered by warranty here.

    • Shimoner01

      I’m in the exact same boat as you on that; I’ve only ever used Nokias and I bought my current phone unlocked on eBay. That said, we are a dying breed. I was speaking more about how Windows Phone/Nokiasoft might gain more traction in the Canadian marketplace. While I would also buy an unlocked phone straight from Microsoft, I don’t think that the same holds true for the vast majority of Canadian smartphone users. Most people still buy phones through carriers; and thus, if the carriers are not selling the phones, then I can’t see Windows Phone gaining any of the aforementioned traction.

    • Philosoraptor

      I don’t disagree. But, not being a shareholder in MSFT I don’t really care about how well they do here. Their ecosystem is more than robust enough for my needs right now, and it can only get better over time.

      While they probably should work out a better carrier deal, their US online store should expand to Canada (even if they still operate is from the US). My Lumia 1020 Qi cover was shipped from the US – I ordered it from the Canadian MSFT store.

      Google is MSFT’s primary competitor, and while they do tend to ignore Canada, they still sell their devices outright. MSFT does it south of the border, they should do it here as well.

    • Shimoner01

      Agreed.

    • Shimoner01

      Yeah, I don’t disagree with you. I’m not saying that people think of, or care about, the carrier when they buy a phone; but the problem, as I see it, is that no carrier wants to sell Windows Phones in the first place. If I had to guess, the biggest reason that so many Windows Phones show-up as carrier exclusives is because exclusivity was the only way that the carrier would agree to sell the phone. Companies like Samsung and Apple have more bargaining power vis-à-vis carriers because everyone wants their phones; thus, the carriers will want to sell them to remain competitive with one another. The same can’t be said for Windows Phones. The number of people out there who would switch providers because another one has the “hottest new Windows Phone” is surely quite small; whereas the number of people who would switch to get the new iPhone, if we pretend their current carrier doesn’t have it, is presumably much larger. That’s where the bargaining power of companies like Samsung and Apple comes from; and Nokia/Microsoft do not have that kind of sway.

  • pomplamoose

    ugly phone – copied apple

    • Cormang

      lol. who copied who again? and really, who cares…

  • Billy

    Stopped by Microsoft store on many occasions asking for the Lumia 1520 but they kept saying they don’t know if or when it will be released. I still don’t understand why it is available in the US and Asia for so long and not in Canada. Is Canada not worth it or what? To me, this announcement seems like they’re trying to get rid of the leftovers from other markets, or trying to grab whatever it can before the iphone 6 launches. Now they shouldn’t complain if they sell like 100 phones in entire Canada because the consumers’ desire for their product is long gone.

    • beyond

      Canada = small population compared to Asia/US/India/Europe, so not enough for them to care about us.

  • GQDRU

    I would love to see a Lumia 1520 in Canada! While my Lumia is a sold secondary device, I need more screen real estate.

  • saqrkh

    Microsoft Canada should just sell their phones unlocked from their stores, at least the high-end ones, e.g. Lumia 1520 and 930. I don’t think carrier certification or approval is an issue, WP is such a lightweight player I’m sure ROBELUS would be ecstatic that Microsoft would manage all sales, maintenance, update, customer complaints, etc for them.
    Seriously, who the heck is running Microsoft? Seems so mismanaged.

  • The Rooty’s Tweeties

    Thats an imposter you responded to.

  • The Rooty’s Tweeties

    thats an imposter you responded to, who knows nothing really.

  • The Rooty’s Tweeties

    FYI, that isn’t me (on facebook), it’s jason hardt (who is trying to make a fool out of me). Don’t be fooled.