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Nokia Lumia 900 software bug won't affect UK phones

A software bug is stopping Lumia 900 phones in the US from connecting to the Internet, but Nokia says it won't affect UK devices.

A software bug is stopping Lumia 900 phones in the US from connecting to the Internet. But Nokia says the glitch won't affect devices in the UK.

The Lumia 900 has just launched across the pond, but Stateside shoppers who splashed out for the 4.3-inch Windows Phone handset have been struck by a glitch that kills the phone's connectivity.

"In short," Nokia writes on its official blog, "a memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity".

"This issue is purely in the phone software, and is not related to either phone hardware or the network itself," the Finnish company claims. To say sorry, everyone who bought an affected mobile gets $100 worth of credit to their phone bill.

Nokia has promised a software update, due to hit the Lumia 900 on 16 April, to fix the embarrassing bug. But crucially, Nokia has stated that the UK iteration of the device won't be affected by the glitch.

Nokia told our sister site ZDNet UK, "this problem is specific to the Lumia 900 sold by [US network] AT&T. It does not affect any other Nokia Lumia device."

So that's a spot of good news for Blighty-based buyers. The Lumia 900 is out in the UK on 27 April, with pre-orders for Nokia's third Windows Phone effort opening yesterday.

The fact that only the US variant is affected suggests to me that the software glitch could be wrapped up in the Lumia 900's LTE 4G connectivity, which isn't a feature present in the UK version. Fingers crossed the model we get isn't blighted by any other bugs.

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