With the launch of Lumia 900, we thought Windows Phone in China is rapidly catching up with the rest of the world. But according to WPDang, this may not be entirely the case. Earlier it was revealed that Samsung will produce a CDMA version of Omnia M for China Telecom, the sole CDMA carrier in China, and Nokia is certainly expected to assemble a full Lumia family for the same carrier. But no more. This comes as quite a surprise. The CDMA variation of Lumia 710 is rebranded “Lumia 719c”, and has got government approval for production and sales earlier this year.
Considering Nokia is having such a great relationship with China Telecom, the vanishing of Lumia 719c might be a planned move. After all, China Telecom has already got both Lumia 800c and Lumia 610c, and 719c will have quite some difficulty finding a proper position between the two.
But Samsung is a very different story. It’s the only one among the three major Windows Phone OEMs that has absolutely no legal presence in China yet, and its first shot is now held back. Samsung is THAT cautious about Windows Phone?
Anyway, with Windows Phone 8 and a whole wave of next-gen devices on the horizon, WPDang doesn’t believe these two devices are ever coming back. We agree with that very much.