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Nokia’s New Lumia 920 Selling Well; Germans Especially Gung Ho

Looks like Nokia may have found a sweet spot in the smartphone market with its latest Lumia 920 handset.

Early indications are that the 920 is selling well. It has already cracked Amazon’s list of the Top 10 best-selling cellphones with service plans; it’s ranked ninth as I write this, but on Monday morning it occupied the No. 2 spot. Some models are also back-ordered for one to two weeks. Meanwhile, reports coming out of Europe suggest that the Lumia 920 is also selling quite well abroad — particularly in Germany, where it’s very tough to come by.

According to a statement posted to Facebook by Nokia Deutschland, a number of the company’s German retail partners have experienced Lumia 920 stock-outs since the device first became available earlier this month.

“Because of the high demand, we are aware of the reports the Lumia 920 is sold out in many shops,” Nokia explained. “Please be assured that we are working hard on having all models and all colors available in Germany for you.”

Reached for comment, a Nokia representative said that the company is seeing “a lot of interest” in its new Lumia phones, but declined to provide any details on sales.

Assuming the situation in Germany is strictly a case of strong demand and not one of average demand aided and abetted by modest supply, this is encouraging news for Nokia, which is looking to the Lumia to revive its otherwise moribund smartphone sales. Certainly, investors are viewing it that way. Nokia shares closed up more than 6 percent Monday, the biggest gain they’ve seen in weeks.


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