All Lumia smartphones pulled from Verizon’s webstore (Updated)
- On January 8, 2015
HTC One M8 and Samsung ATIV SE are the only options
Update: Verizon explained that the phones are ‘temporarily’ out of stock online but still available at the retail stores.
The original story follows below:
Soon after rolling out the Denim software update to Lumia 928 & Lumia 922, and after the promise to update the Lumia Icon, Verizon has apparently stopped selling all Lumia smartphones. If you head to Verizon’s webpage now, you will see only two Windows smartphones available for purchase and both of them are non-Lumia devices – HTC One M8 and Samsung ATIV S.
This looks like a bad sign for all Lumia Icon owners who are still waiting for official Cyan and Denim updates to come to their flagship smartphones. Nokia Lumia Icon, which is the US version of Lumia 930, is still running the outdated Windows Phone 8.0 unless you’ve installed the Developer Preview for early access to updates directly from Redmond.
Verizon was an exclusive carrier for Lumia 930/Icon in the States and by pulling the phone from its store the carrier leaves many people wondering whether their smartphones will be updated after all.
At the same time, the Windows Phone markeshare in the US has dropped once again, from 4.3% in November 2013 to 3.0% in November 2014, according to Kantar’s latest report. Unfortunately, without attractive new smartphones available across all carriers, the US market of Windows Phones is likely to continue its down trend.