AT&T to start selling Nokia’s Lumia smartphone on Friday

AT&T Inc. plans to start selling a Nokia Oyj smartphone with Microsoft Corp. software for half of what it charges for the iPhone, as the device’s makers seek to break Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s dominance of the U.S. market.

The Lumia 900, which runs on AT&T’s network using faster, so-called long-term-evolution technology, will start selling for $99.99 on April 8. The latest iPhone and newest handsets running Google’s Android software typically start at $199.

Nokia is counting on Microsoft’s Windows Phone software to reignite sales in the U.S., where the iPhone and Android makers such as Samsung Electronics Co. control 78 percent of the market. Microsoft is trying to increase its share of the mobile software market to expand beyond the slower-growing personal- computer market.

The Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch screen, larger than that of the iPhone, and an 8-megapixel camera. Customers can order it online starting March 30, AT&T said.