T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 710 leaked by FCC

That special event that T-Mobile and Nokia were planning for next week? It's for the Nokia's first Windows Phone in the U.S., the Lumia 710.

Nokia's Lumia 710, a lower-end, lower-cost Windows Phone sibling to the Lumia 800, has less flash memory at 8GB but will ship in more colors when it arrives in early 2012.
The Lumia 710 will almost certainly show up at T-Mobile and Nokia's event next week. Stephen Shankland/CNET

That "something exciting" T-Mobile and Nokia teased yesterday? It's the Lumia 710.

A Federal Communications Commission manual for the Lumia 710 was found by WPCentral today. It essentially confirms that T-Mobile and Nokia will be introducing the device at an event held in New York next week .

The invite to next week's event. T-Mobile USA

Representatives from both companies weren't immediately available for comment.

The Lumia 710 will be the first Nokia Windows Phone to hit the U.S. The phone, as well as its higher end brother, the Lumia 810, are already available in Europe.

Nokia and T-Mobile have traditionally been strong partners, with the carrier selling a number of Nokia phones in the past even as other carriers focused elsewhere. T-Mobile also needs another potential spark; it's the only national carrier in the U.S. without the iPhone, and its deal to be acquired by AT&T looks to be in serious jeopardy .

Nokia, meanwhile, is looking for a way to bust into the U.S. market again and interest new consumers.

The Lumia 710, however, may not be the trick. The phone is designed to be a more affordable version of the Lumia 810--a decent phone with no real extra bells and whistles. As such, there's nothing inherently flashy about it, and it's unclear whether customers will take a gamble on the device when other eye-catching devices--running on either Android or Windows Phone--are sitting next to it.

More details will be revealed on how the phone will be marketed and the support behind the device next week when both companies formally unveil it. Stayed tuned at CNET for full coverage.

 

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