When they’re paired with exclusive carrier deals, smartphone release cycles can present a challenge, particularly if you want the latest and greatest handset.
Take the Lumia 930,(s msft) for example. It launched in February as a Verizon(s vz) exclusive dubbed the Lumia Icon and is just now becoming available in the U.K. on July 17, says Engadget. Nokia had said as much back in April, saying the Lumia 930 would arrive overseas in June for around $599 off-contract, but that hasn’t made the long wait any easier to digest. Since then and now, several flagship phones have launched, which could leave Microsoft with fewer Lumia 930 sales than originally planned.
There’s little difference between the 930 and the Icon, which is actually a great handset — the best Windows Phone to date, per our review in February. I also used one to test Windows Phone 8.1, which…
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