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Nokia Lumia 929 Verizon release date delay caused by Microsoft deal

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Verizon’s exclusive Nokia Lumia 929 smartphone is experiencing a delay due to Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division. As Ubergizmo reports (Dec.18), the Lumia 929 is held up in red tape as Verizon waits for the deal between Nokia and Microsoft to be finalized.

The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2014 since it already cleared approval from Nokia stockholders, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. It was first rumored that the Verizon branded Nokia Lumia 929 would launch on January 16, new reports are now pointing to a possible February release.

Once the deal is is closed, Verizon will proceed to work directly with Microsoft for all matters involving the upcoming Lumia 928 follow-up flagship device. Recent reports also suggest that the Lumia 929 will be named the “Lumia Icon” instead, doing away with the numerical moniker.

According to PhoneArena, a February Lumia 929 aka "Lumia Icon" release date coincides with Mobile World Congress 2014. Rumor has is that Microsoft could unveil the first set of its own branded Lumia devices at the conference in Barcelona during the week of February 24. The new 5-inch Verizon brand Lumia 929 phone is expected to be a smaller version of its AT&T exclusive sibling, the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520.


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