AT&T, Verizon on selling Windows 8 smartphones

AT&T has already started selling Windows 8 Phone — Lumia 920 and 820 on the 9th of November. Meanwhile Verizon made the smartphones available already for preorder.

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are the first Windows 8 smartphones to be run on the new OS and is available on the AT&T network. On that same day, Verizon also started to take Windows 8 smartphones’ preorders such as the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Samsung ATIV Odyssey, and Nokia 822.

Nokia was desperately needing the arrival of Windows Phone 8 so that the latest smartphones could start to go on sale. In the recent years, the company has been experiencing low sales share in the market, which precipitated its move to fade out support for Symbian in February of 2011. Nokia was also behind the Windows Phone of Microsoft.

According to the reports of Canalys, Nokia, which has been one of the leading companies did not make it to the top five list. Samsung has led the market with its 55.5 million smartphone sales and behind is Apple with 26.9 million iPhone sales. Sony, HTC and RIM followed next.

Last year’s third quarter, Nokia had managed to be in the third place just behind Apple and Samsung. They had 16.8 million units in sales.

According to IDC, Nokia led by a considerable margin during 2010’s third quarter, with a sale of 32 percent market share.