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Nokia rumored to work with AT&T on LTE version of Lumia 800

Rumors by Dan Seifert on Thursday November 10, 2011.

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Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800

Here's some good news for those of us who desperately want the Nokia Lumia 800 to come to the U.S.: According to The Verge, Nokia is working with AT&T to bring LTE to the "first real Windows Phone," and that is the reason for delaying the U.S. launch of the Lumia 800.

According to The Verge's sources, Nokia wants to "attack" LTE in the U.S. The only catch is Windows Phone 7.5 doesn't support LTE - yet. Nokia could wait until the "Tango" update to the platform - which is said to bring LTE functionality - to launch the Lumia 800 in the U.S. Other reports suggest that there will be software updates to the current version of Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) that will enable LTE service. AT&T is supposedly very interested in a Lumia 800 with LTE, so it is said to be Nokia's partner on this. Verizon Wireless, the "other" LTE carrier currently in the U.S., has not been brought up in talks, but it is very likely that Nokia is speaking to them too.

Nokia has promised to bring a "portfolio" of Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. in 2012. What would be a better flagship than an LTE-equipped Lumia 800? I can't think of any.

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