Windows phone to challenge iPhone and Android?

nokia lumia 900

Is Nokia’s Lumia Windows phone series out to challenge the cutthroat competition between the Apple iPhone and Android-powered devices?

Looks like it as we have word from Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, that the Windows-enabled Nokia Lumia 900 currently occupies the top spot in the site’s smartphone rankings, surpassing sales from other popular handsets such as the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX 4G, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G, and the BlackBerry Torch 4G.

Maybe this is attributed to Amazon’s affordable pricing, which effectively makes the Lumia 900 more affordable than when purchased through its official carrier in the US.

In the Philippines, the leading telcos have announced that they will be the exclusive carrier of the much-awaited Nokia Lumia phone series. Globe for the Nokia Lumia 800 and Smart for the Nokia Lumia 900 and the entry-level Nokia Lumia 610.

According to Smart, he Nokia Lumia 900 is by far the most advanced smartphone running on Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

Inside its attractive one-piece polycarbonate shell beats a 1.4GHz processor—one of the most powerful ever installed in a smartphone, a large 4.3-inch AMOLED multi-touchscreen, and high speed dual-band connectivity via High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+).

HSPA+ is a fourth generation (4G) technology which allows for download speeds of up to 84Mbps. Smart is the only telco in the Philippines that carries HSPA+ in two bands—850MHz and 2100MHz.

“Our dual-band HSPA+ network gives us the best reach, resilience, and reliability the likes of which other company could only wish for,” said Smart Broadband Internet and Data Services Head Lloyd Manaloto.

Touted as the “best smartphone plan ever”, Smart’s Special Edition Plan 1000 comes with 500 all-network texts, 500 minutes of calls to Smart and Talk ‘N Text, and 1GB of mobile data. For a minimum price on top of the monthly service fee, Filipinos can avail of the latest smartphones at amortized (24 months) and discounted price.

Available for only P900 a month through Smart plans are the other Android phones in the line up like the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (the first Google phone which features Android version 4 “Ice Cream Sandwich”).

The rest of the line-up: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 (P800/month), the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio (P900/month), the HTC Evo 3D (P900/month), the Nokia N9 (P900/month), the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (P500/month), and soon the latest Windows Phone in the market, the Nokia Lumia 710 (P450/month).

BlackBerry fans, meanwhile, can also get their very own BlackBerry Curve 9360 (P700/month*), BlackBerry Bold 9790 (P900/month*), BlackBerry Bold 9900 (P1,300/month*).

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