The stories have been steady concerning the US release of the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone and the expected date it will be available here.  Dates have ranged from this past weekend to the third week of April and at least one date in between.

Ultimately the most valid source of when my next phone – I mean when the Nokia Lumia 900 comes to the US and AT&T is when the companies make a formal announcement. However, anyone got any idea when that might happen? I mean the announcement/confirmation of its availability not the rumored dates.

While out running errands this morning an AT&T retail store came into view and I decided to stick my head in and see if I could find out anything on the Nokia Lumia 900’s arrival date.  I mean if I walked in and asked a piece of info just might slip out right?

I mean I am an AT&T customer, have been for years, and was simply checking out when my next phone would be available for purchase.

However, the best laid plans are often thrown off by one small detail and unfortunately there was a small detail that caused my attempt to glean information unfruitful.  The AT&T store employees had vaguely heard of the Nokia Lumia 900 and had no idea when the release date would be.

We actually discussed the rumored dates that have been all over the Internet and they were operating off the same info.  They did know that some type of Nokia phone was coming and that it would be the first carried by AT&T but that was about it.

Now maybe they were playing very coy with the info but based on my interactions with them I honestly believe they did not know. 

This actually turns into a real shame on the part of AT&T though and reflects an overall apathy by AT&T when it comes to talking about Windows Phone.  You would think with a major handset release coming in the near future that they would have some info on the handset itself and be talking it up a bit from both a marketing and functionality perspective.

Zero – Zilch.  Missed opportunity across the board.

I will give the store employee credit though – he did know that the only Windows Phone handsets they had in store were the Titan and Focus Flash.