Nokia posted the preliminary information on certain aspects of its first quarter 2012 financial performance, including a lowered first quarter 2012 outlook for Devices & Services. Nokia currently estimates that its non-IFRS Devices & Services operating margin in the Q1 of 2012 was approximately -3 percent, compared to the previously expected range of "around breakeven, ranging either above or below by approximately 2 percentage points."
Nokia notes, that in the Q1 of 2012, company has "sold more than 2 million Lumia devices at an average selling price of approximately EUR 220."
Furthermore, Nokia has seen sequential growth in Lumia device activations every month since starting sales of Lumia devices in November 2011 and that the Lumia has gained market share with both distribution partners and consumers.
The Windows Phone ecosystem is also attracting developers and has expanded rapidly with more than 80,000 applications available.
Also, the Finish company announced the first even NFC version of the Windows Phone the Nokia Lumia 610.
"Orange will be the first operator to range the Lumia 610 NFC, which can pair with NFC accessories and read NFC tags. The Lumia 610 NFC also has the hardware and software enablers for the implementation of NFC payment and ticketing solutions, and has been certified for contactless payments both with MasterCard PayPass technology, and with Visa's mobile application for payments at the point of sale, Visa payWave," Nokia said.
"We're bringing NFC right across our portfolio, and together with our ever-growing range of NFC accessories we're making it easy for people to connect via a single tap," said Ilari Nurmi, head of product marketing for Nokia's Smart Devices business unit. "We're also enabling operators and other service providers to build NFC payment and ticketing solutions on top of our smartphones."
The Lumia 610 NFC is expected to be available early in the third quarter of 2012.
For more information about the Lumia 610 NFC, visit here.