/// Nokia Smartphone Chief Jo Harlow on Why Carrier Exclusives Still Make Sense

July 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital


While the same iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S and HTC One models are typically made available across a wide range of carriers, Nokia has been taking a different approach in the U.S. market. Since reentering the U.S. market with its first Windows Phone models a couple of years ago, the company has chosen to give exclusivity for each model to one of the major carriers. With Nokia’s new 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 cameraphone, for example, AT&T will have the exclusive. Verizon, meanwhile has the Lumia 928, while T-Mobile is stocking the new Lumia 925, along with the low-end Lumia 521. Though not without its downsides, smartphone business head Jo Harlow said doing so gives carriers more reason to promote the Windows Phones than it might if the same phone were available at a rival. “Giving something exclusive or unique has been more of an incentive to support the devices in market,” Harlow told AllThingsD in an interview after Thursday’s launch of the Lumia 1020. Getting support from carriers — from subsidies, to advertising, to interest from in-store sales representatives — is critical in the U.S

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