AT&T’s stock of Lumia 920 extremely limited–charging plate included
We reported yesterday that the stock of the Lumia 920 showing on AT&T’s website was extremely limited. Having just spent some time in a midtown NYC AT&T store I can tell you how limited it is. They have 3 black Lumia 920’s. One is the demo phone that was still charging. One was sold immediately and the third was held for me. I’m waiting for the cyan so my phone went to the next guy in line. And yes, there were multiple people coming in inquiring about the 920’s availability while I was there and the other guy literally took the phone and held it until I left. Online may be the way to go until stores supplies get hire. This feels like a soft launch to me. No marketing yet and no general availability.
Also, the wireless charging plate is definitely included. I took a picture to prove it.
They had to order the charging plate for me… Black only.
Similar experience to my in-store visit today. A couple people came in for the Lumia 920 and wouldn’t let go of it. The store I was in actually had a couple Lumia 920s set up as demo units at each end of the store so that was good to see. What wasn’t good was that it was only Black available.
I told the guys at the store i’d be back next Friday and they said that’ll be good because by then they’ll have the store cleaned up and all the marketing materials out and more colors in stock.
That black Lumia 920 looks like a premium device made for CEOs, people of “status” and exclusive. That black is sweet!!! The color of the buttons is what adds to that distinguished looks. That and the iPhone 5 black model jump out for their amazing look from every other smartphone. The lumia 920 does feel alot heavier than the Lumia 900 which is only 20grams lighter. I joked that if my wife through the 920 at me i’d be more worried about me than the phone.
Overall the other guys who were playing with the lumia 920 made the same comments I did. There is definitely some weight to the phone but not a deal breaker. It does feel like an indispensable device, not a phone. Not sure that’s an inherently bad thing. One of the guys was making the switch from BlackBerry so he’s used to a lighter phone. Overall I felt the form factor wasn’t nearly as big as reviewers made it out to be. The same for the 900 when I first played with that. Again, i’m coming from a 4.7″ HTC Titan so phone height and width is nothing new to me. In contrast to the old HTC Touch Pro 2 I used to own the Lumia 920 definitely feels lighter than that.
Funny note, I took the opportunity to rearrange the start screens of the Windows Phones to show off different screen configurations.
I had a blast at the local att store this morning. Went in to see if by any chance they had a cyan, no dice. But they had the display setup with 2 920s, one black and one white, thought the white was charging so you could only use it for 30 seconds and it would pwr off to reboot. They also had an 820 there to look at.
So when I asked if they had any blue, the agent went into the back and returned to say, “No only black, white and orange.” Orange?, I asked to see it…Red! “Lady your walls are orange, this is red.” anyway, no blue to buy so they ordered it for me. Then I thought I’d stay and play with the display for a bit, 920 was in use by a guy trying to test the camera, unfortunately they had placed the security device on the back and blocked the camera, so what does he do? Rip it off! and while it’s sirens wail he takes a picture. On of the agents comes over and nixes the siren and replaces the security device on the phone. “Sir you can’t remove the security device”. His response, “Then don’t put it where it blocks the camera, this is ridiculous, take my name of your list” and he walked out. My only guess is he’d been there a while waiting. But I was ok, now I got to play with the 920 to hold me over.
While playing I got overhear a couple who had ordered 920s online expecting to get them today, but no dice, so they came in to buy them in store and have them cancel the online order, which the manager said they don’t have that ability and the couple would have to wait for the phones to ship and then return them if they wanted to buy them in the store. OOOOHHH! I think I saw flames shoot from the woman’s eyes! She continued to complain how crazy this was that she has to wait when the store has devices. I kind of agree, but realize that while it is an att store, they are separate from online sales and the 2 don’t really work together.
Long story short, too late! People are entertaining and the 920 is a gorgeous device that I can’t wait to get!
Its the botched launch of WP and the 900 all over again, low stock, shoddy preorder process and the jewel in the crown, poor carrier store experience. Nokia deserve to fail for partnering with such an unprofessional carrier after all Elop’s bravado. With all the huge amounts these CEO’s make running their companies you would think they would be able to sort this out.
3rd ecosystem my arse!