How Nokia hobbled itself with an AT&T-exclusive Lumia 920
Nokia executive vice president of smart devices, Jo Harlow, holds up the Lumia 920.
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Nokia just shut its coolest phone out of more than half the U.S. market.
The Finnish handset manufacturer’s decision to strike an exclusivity agreement with AT&T for its flagship Lumia 920 means much of its hopes of breaking into the U.S. market rides on just the one carrier, which isn’t the smartest decision when said carrier has a huge wave of other smartphones coming out this holiday.
While exclusivity deals were in vogue a few years ago, they’ve grown increasingly passé as…