Originally posted on Gigaom:
Starting Sunday, AT&T(s t) is offering Nokia’s(s nok) Lumia 900 smartphone in a new color and a lower price for all models. The Lumia 900, debuting just three months ago for $99.99, is now available for $49 .99 with contract. A pink version is added to the lineup but a new color and relatively large price cut may not be enough to boost sales.
Late last week, Horace Dediu closely inspected the smartphone sales numbers from both comScore and Neilsen and deduced that Nokia has only sold around 330,000 Nokia Lumia devices in the U.S. last quarter. His math and logic appear reasonable to me, although we’re dealing with estimates.
Still, even if Nokia sold 500,000 Lumias — what I think is an extremely generous rounding up on my part — compared to the number of iOS(s aapl) and Android(s goog) devices, that’s a drop in the bucket. It’s not good for Nokia nor for Microsoft(s msft), when a large carrier such as AT&T isn’t building the Windows Phone user base in a meaningful way. And I can think of at least three reasons why the $49 price drop isn’t likely to change the situation.