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Lumia 920 sent into space, 1,000 Euros reward for locating it

Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa has sent a Lumia 920 into space attached to a balloon. The company decided to see how far the device could reach until the balloon burst for it to then travel back down to Earth. The Windows Phone managed to achieve a height of 30km, spending more than 27 minutes in sub-zero temperatures. 

Encased in a special container, the device made it back to sea level and was recovered by the launch team. However, it has been revealed that numerous Lumia 920s were sent up into the air. Unfortunately the team hasn't had much luck locating a second Lumia 920. This is where a 1,000 Euros offer comes into play. Whoever can find the missing Windows Phone and contacts the company will receive the reward.

According to a Facebook post, the handset's last known co-ordinates were:

  • Latitude: 61.324573
  • Longitude: 27.734175

Using Google Bing Maps, this location is in Finland (we do not recommend the use of Maps in iOS6) where the Lumia 920 is likely situated on water. Should you happen to locate the missing device, be sure to contact the number on the container, or take a photo and send it to

The Lumia 800 was previously sent up into space by a team of UK scientists at the University of Southampton, which reached 32km and was airborne for 2 hours and 22 minutes. It seems Nokia Windows Phones are sturdy machines when it comes to being fired up into orbit. Perhaps we'll see a HTC device replace the unmanned space exploration robots? At least -should we meet any unknown life forms- they'll have a decent smartphone to play with.

Soure: Facebook (Verkkokauppa); thanks, Jukka Rautanen, for tipping us!



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willied says:

"Using Google Maps, this location is in Finland"
You should be using Bing or Nokia Maps!

NIST says:

Thank you. My thoughts exactly.

WinFan1 says:

They don't recommend ios6 maps

Now it says "Google Bing Maps" which confuses me even more :)

endacrowley says:

Totally!!! Agreed with willied

Jf.Vigor says:

Gah if only I had a private jet and then an private boat to go find that sucker. But then in that case I wouldn't need the 1000 euros lol
*troll meme*

NIST says:

Why can't they just use the "Find my phone" feature on the site when they log into their Microsoft account?

XboxOmac says:

Didn't you just hear? Its probably submerged in water. It won't be on for that long and its wouldn't be connected, either. Not in the sea at least.

DanBB1 says:

Unless the Lumia 920 can float. I haven't seen any video yet proving that Lumia 920 isn't able float above the water :D

Cellus13 says:

I hope they won't fall on anyone.

blackfire says:

Sorry for my ignorance, but can I ask what is the lab of sending encased phones to space be useful for? Anyone have an idea on what theories are they testing or what are they trying to find out by doing this?

It is an honest question. Thanks!

voosham says:

The comment about the IOS6 Maps made me chortle heartily

MajickmanW says:

So...what did they learn from throwing a 920 into space? How does that advance science?

Mark Wright1 says:

I would probably say an infinite amount more
then the people writing fart apps and the people using them

laserfloyd says:

Its akin to model rocketry. You don't really do it other than enjoying it and doing something cool. It requires planning and know how. The imagery we get back can be amazing too. Its just our nature to explore. :)

jddumawa says:

if they can throw it into space, why not? Sometimes, that's just how science works, doing things just for the heck of doing it.

MarkAllett says:

I think they misunderstood when they were advised to backup their phone in the cloud.

blackfire says:


ddabiz says:

pfffff hahahahaha

Bushybro says:

Still trying to trick ATT into giving me an early upgrade -_-  They're dropping the phone out the sky and I can't get my hands on one, bs.

johaas says:

I thought PhoneBuff was done with their Lumia 920 torture test...

ddabiz says:

Oh so the phone was found then. I can imagine some iOS users still searching ... badam pum pshhhhhh

GreenScrew says:

Given the many comments related to the weight of the Lumia 920 isn't this experiment rather dangerous? Such an impact could cause a crater that starts a second ice age!

Rowell Suyat says:

why the heck HTC was mentioned?!  i get the feeling someone's being paid by HTC. oh please.

Rich Edmonds says:

We mention other Windows Phones so we're not branded "NOKIACENTRAL", but when we mention other hardware we're accused of being funded by said companies. 

I give up.

willied says:

Don't worry about fools like Rowell. We can't all be intelligent.

akar33 says:

And it's not even the 21st of December. Eager to end the world, are we?

Xaphoon148 says:

Yeah, SkyDrive is ok, but why try to connect via NFC...

ihavewp8 says:

It probably landed at Gilligan"s Island lol....

Rockartisten says:

The Lumia 920 survives another drop-test.

Vvillegas134 says:

where can we go and watch the video recording?