Nokia's Elop: Lumia 920 causing sales frustration due to limited supply

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he is pleased with the progress of the company's flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphone, but admitted that the limited supply of the smartphone is causing frustration within the company's sales force. Despite this issue, Elop told CNET that the company is looking to broaden its distribution channels and launch the smartphone in many more countries. Elop said that the exclusive deal Nokia had struck with AT&T Mobility for the Lumia 920 was "aimed at encouraging them to promote it as a 'hero product', and use the subsidy to drive down the pricing to a competitive point." Elop added that there might be a similar 'hero' exercise with another operator. He noted that rebuilding the relationship with Verizon Wireless was going well, and that Nokia was "planning a lot of exciting things" with the operator. Elsewhere, the Chinese newspaper Sohu speculated that Nokia's production plant in Beijing is only capable of manufacturing 600,000 Lumia 920s a month, and has been thrown off balance by the high demand for the device. Article