It looks like Nokia will be continuing its carrier exclusive strategy and broadening that approach to other markets. In the U.S., Nokia has historically partnered with U.S. carrier ATT for its latest two flagship Windows Phone launches, the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 920, and that strategy may be coming to the U.K. as well.
Mobile Today is reporting that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be looking for preferential U.K. operators to partner with for an undisclosed hero device.
Speaking to analysts after the results, Elop said it was looking to partner with an US operator for exclusivity on a forthcoming hero device. He did not mention other markets, but Mobile understands Nokia is looking for a preferential UK operator to also launch the device. EE originally had exclusivity on the Lumia 920 when it launched last year and it also signed a deal with O2 for the Lumia 720 in red.
The hero device being referenced here may be the Lumia 928, which is widely expected to launch in the U.S. with carrier partner Verizon Wireless this month.