Nokia Lumia 900 Phone Free Until April 21

Thanks to a software glitch, those who buy the new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone by April 21 will get the smartphone free.

Nokia said it discovered a software bug that causes the Lumia 900 to occasionally drop its data connection. The disclosure comes just three days after Nokia began selling the phone through AT&T in the U.S.

The Lumia 900 was meant to signal Nokia’s emergence as a smartphone contender in America. "It's like they stalled their engine when everybody is looking at them at the start of their race," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi told Reuters.

A software fix to correct the problem will be released by April 16, Nokia said. The problem is not related to the phone’s hardware, the company added.

To compensate, Nokia is offering a $100 credit to anyone who has bought or will buy a Lumia 900 smartphone through April 21. The credit will automatically appear on the smartphone owner’s AT&T wireless bill, regardless of whether they experienced the problem. The phone costs $100 with a new AT&T contract.

The Nokia Lumia 900 has generally received good reviews


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