AT&T lowers price of Nokia Lumia 1020 to $199.99 in some US markets

Nokia started selling the Nokia Lumia 1020 in the US, via AT&T, just three weeks ago on July 26th. Since then, third party reports have claimed that sales of the Windows Phone 8 device have been "modest", despite solid reviews for the smartphone and its 41 megapixel PureView camera.

One of the biggest obstacles for the Lumia 1020 is its high price. AT&T is currently selling the phone for $299.99 with a new two year contract in most parts of the US. However, Boy Genius Report has revealed today that AT&T has lowered the price of the Lumia 1020 to $199.99 in some portions of the country.

The report claims the lower price can be found in some parts of Florida along with a few other markets in the Southeastern US. AT&T has confirmed the price cut but adds that it is part of a small promotion that will only last for a limited time. The promotion also includes a $60 mail in rebate when the phone is purchased with the optional camera grip that doubles as an extra battery, effectively making the accessory a free purchase.

It's possible that AT&T is offering this $100 price cut in a limited promotion in an attempt to gauge if such a decrease will help sales of the new smartphone. If it does, we would think that the wireless carrier would extend the promotion to the rest of the US.

Source: BGR | Image via Nokia

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I would definitely buy a 1020 if I could get it for $199.00. I've been thinking about buying one anyway. My iPhone 4s is good but aging and I do use the camera a lot with it and having good camera is high on my list of wants, when buying a phone.

I didn't have a great experience when I went a looked at the phone. The ATT sales associate kept trying to steer me away and towards Android or iPhone because of the apps. He even said to me that its not worth my time if I want to share my pictures on Instagram

wv@gt said,
I didn't have a great experience when I went a looked at the phone. The ATT sales associate kept trying to steer me away and towards Android or iPhone because of the apps. He even said to me that its not worth my time if I want to share my pictures on Instagram

Allegedly that's been a long term problem for the platform. The app situation is better than before, but its still not ideal. Also, I'm sure some of them were burned when WP7 couldn't upgrade to WP8.

I honestly believe that AT&T made a mistake of selling this device for $299. I was going to jump ship from another provider, and purchase 2 (1 for me and my wife), but at the price, I had to look somewhere else.

RommelS said,
I honestly believe that AT&T made a mistake of selling this device for $299. I was going to jump ship from another provider, and purchase 2 (1 for me and my wife), but at the price, I had to look somewhere else.

Totally agree. Honestly, its not like Nokia has a lot of clout for negotiating price, so they couldn't pull anApple and say, "no."

doh said,
What can they do? Nobody is buying them except Neowin members.
Would if I could; no one in my part of Canada seems to be selling them...

Went to a "fashion party" the other day in Beijing. EVERY model and EVERY fashionista was sporting a Nokia phone. Apple? That was so yesterday. Now the 920 is the hottest fashion accessory.

Major_Plonquer said,
Went to a "fashion party" the other day in Beijing. EVERY model and EVERY fashionista was sporting a Nokia phone. Apple? That was so yesterday. Now the 920 is the hottest fashion accessory.
Pics or it never happened. Apple and Android are still very much today!

COKid said,
Price reductions after only 3 weeks? Ugh! That's an awful sign for Nokia/Microsoft.


Samsung launches their phones with 100-200 dollar price reductions at launch. Of what a horrible sign for Samsung the S4 is obviously failing since stores all over various times has ridiculous offers on the phone for far below market value...

TsarNikky said,
How many non-deletable applications are pre-loaded on it--taking up valuable memory and screen real estate?

there are zero apps of that nature on this phone or any other windows phone

TsarNikky said,
How many non-deletable applications are pre-loaded on it--taking up valuable memory and screen real estate?

That question was asked and answered before Windows Phone 7 went RTM.

TsarNikky said,
How many non-deletable applications are pre-loaded on it--taking up valuable memory and screen real estate?

Zero.

TsarNikky said,
How many non-deletable applications are pre-loaded on it--taking up valuable memory and screen real estate?
First thing I did when getting mine was remove all ATT apps. Sadly, it's an opportunity missed. Their apps are horrible and the services they talk about all add to your monthly bill.

TsarNikky said,
How many non-deletable applications are pre-loaded on it--taking up valuable memory and screen real estate?

The problem is not non removable apps, you can remove all, but what apps or functionalies the carriers may have removed...

Fritzly said,

The problem is not non removable apps, you can remove all, but what apps or functionalies the carriers may have removed...
I haven't seen any that they haven't removed. There are some that aren't implemented w/o payment or at all... like tracking data, visual voice mail, wifi hotspot. But, I've only used WP on ATT so I don't know how other carriers are doing it.

MrHumpty said,
I haven't seen any that they haven't removed. There are some that aren't implemented w/o payment or at all... like tracking data, visual voice mail, wifi hotspot. But, I've only used WP on ATT so I don't know how other carriers are doing it.

Do you have datasense? My 920 is unbranded and, waiting for Nokia to put its acts together and release Amber for it, I flashed the leaked French one and it is there but I read that AT&T will not; also I read that the Verizon 928 GDR2 does not have FM radio and BT4. Again not positive though.

Fritzly said,

Do you have datasense? My 920 is unbranded and, waiting for Nokia to put its acts together and release Amber for it, I flashed the leaked French one and it is there but I read that AT&T will not; also I read that the Verizon 928 GDR2 does not have FM radio and BT4. Again not positive though.
Yea, I knew DataSense was a service that could or couldn't be supported. That and visual voicemail both require services active at the carrier... so I understand why. It would be nice for you to be able to give the phone your contract info and track if manually. However, that wouldn't work for me with my wife and I on a shared data bucket. I think it's obvious why the wifi hotspot is turned on and off.

The Radio is a new one for me. I can't imagine why a carrier would care.

MrHumpty said,
Yea, I knew DataSense was a service that could or couldn't be supported. That and visual voicemail both require services active at the carrier... so I understand why. It would be nice for you to be able to give the phone your contract info and track if manually. However, that wouldn't work for me with my wife and I on a shared data bucket. I think it's obvious why the wifi hotspot is turned on and off.

The Radio is a new one for me. I can't imagine why a carrier would care.


My understanding of Datasense is that carriers can compress the data sent and received and therefore decreasing the use of it but, in the phone, it allows you to set the total amount of GB you have, the date your billing cycle begins and monitor your consumption. If towards the end of the cycle you are running low the app can be set to restrict your background data usage, similar to the option you have for your battery. Also it shows how much you have used, both the total and per app. So yes, having the carrier onboard is better but even as a standalone app is very useful.

Fritzly said,

Do you have datasense? My 920 is unbranded and, waiting for Nokia to put its acts together and release Amber for it, .

Tooo bad your not in OZ, we got it on the 16th

Why didn't AT&T follow the same philosophy with their low-end LG A340 phone? Its a great piece of hardware, defeated by a whole boatload of "crapware" that one cannot delete. How stupid is that?