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Nokia Brings Updated Windows Phone, the $99 Lumia 928, to Verizon

Nokia on Friday announced its long-rumored Lumia 928, a high-end Windows Phone model for Verizon.


The phone will go on sale May 16 for $99 (after a $50 rebate).

It’s a new take on the Lumia 920 that debuted last year. Though generally similar, it features a different screen technology, improved flash and audio recording, and is a bit thinner than the model that has long been on sale at AT&T.

The timing is a bit odd, coming on a Friday and ahead of an event Nokia has next week to talk about what’s next for the Lumia line.

Nokia and Windows Phone as a whole have been slower to bring models to CDMA carriers, focusing much of their time and energy on the more globally used GSM technology at the core of T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks.

Verizon has been selling the Lumia 822, a more midrange model, as well as Windows Phones from Samsung and HTC.

Sprint has said it will offer its first Windows Phone 8 devices this summer.

Meanwhile, two other Nokia models — on sale elsewhere — are just making their way to the U.S. T-Mobile is selling the entry-level Lumia 521 for $150 without subsidies, while AT&T’s new Aio prepaid brand is carrying the Lumia 620.

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