Nokia Lumia 900 Goes On Preorder In US

The Lumia 900, Nokia's forthcoming Windows Phone handset, has gone on preorder instore at any of Microsoft's fifteen retail stores scattered across the United States.

An upfront holding fee of $25 will be charged that will be discounted against the final price of the phone and, according to Cnet's Jessica Dolcourt, customers will have to physically pick up the phone when it is launched, with Microsoft activating the phone instore, hardly web 2.0.

The phone will come cost around $100 at launch on a two year contract and is set to be released on March 18th.

In the UK, no announcement has been made yet regarding the availability and pricing of the Windows Phone smartphone.

The Lumia 900 improves on the Lumia 800, which was released last year, by adding LTE capabilities, a front-facing camera and a bigger screen.

The rest of the configuration borrows from the Lumia 800; there's a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip clocked at 1.4GHz (an APQ8055 + MDM9200), an eight megapixel camera, WVGA screen resolution, 16GB onboard storage and a 1830mAh battery that can power the phone for up to seven hours.