AT&T offering Lumia 900 for free

As we reported earlier today, pre-orders for the Lumia 900 smartphone from Nokia have now begun. We thought that Walmart had the best price point where you could get the Windows Phone-based device for just $49.99, a $50 price cut from its normal $99.99 price tag (with a new two year contract).

As it turns out, there looks to be an even better deal for anyone who wants to check it out: free. AT&T currently has a page on its website that offers customers up to $100 off some of its smartphones.

Our forum readers have already spotted the deal and they report that the website offer does indeed work with the pre-order of the Lumia 900. We are not sure if AT&T meant for that to happen but it if you really want the Lumia 900, this is perhaps the best deal you could possibly get.

Officially, the Lumia 900 goes on sale April 8. However, it's possible that pre-orders for the smartphone could arrive a day or two before that date. In any case, we would recommend getting on board the free deal as it's possible that AT&T and Nokia might decide to close this big loophole.

Thanks to spudtrooper for the tip!

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I actually just added a new line just to get the cyan version for $.01 from AmazonWireless. I think I have issues.

In all likelihood, the current phones will get WP8, but will only support some of the features due to hardware differences. I believe that the Lumia 900 has a gyroscope that would be necessary for Photosynth for example, but there isn't a magnetometer or barometer that may be part of the requirements for the unified sensor API designated for Apollo devices. I may be wrong, but this would be an example of devices which don't have that capability so will only have a subset of Apollo features.

Pretty sure it does have a magnetometer (aka compass) lol.

Also I think the way the unified sensor API works is that you can have a bunch of sensors but apps will only need to make one API call to get the info they need as opposed to one for each sensor.

It has an accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope. I think that is all that is required for the unified sensor API. Also has the FFC. It doesn't have NFC, though.

The lack of an official answer is what will give people pause. I personally find the lack of an official answer on upgrade to Apollo troubling.

downhillrider said,
The lack of an official answer is what will give people pause. I personally find the lack of an official answer on upgrade to Apollo troubling.

MS doesn't want to talk about WP8 so far out from it's release like it did with Mango and then lose any surprise/edge on features it might have coming. I'm sure they'll answer the upgrade question as one of the first ones since it's so important but I expect no WP8 info officially until after they have tango out and done with.

If I had to make a guess I expect some sort of event in May or early June, maybe around the time we will get Windows 8 RC. I'm pretty sure MS said that WIn8 and WP8 development is moving together hand in hand.

downhillrider said,
The lack of an official answer is what will give people pause. I personally find the lack of an official answer on upgrade to Apollo troubling.

Microsoft doesn't want to talk about Apollo until they're ready.

very nice and this phones, aka this lumia series would support windows phone 8? or not?. I bet that nokia would do the same they do always.

ThePitt said,
very nice and this phones, aka this lumia series would support windows phone 8? or not?. I bet that nokia would do the same they do always.

prolly yes..it will support WP8

ThePitt said,
very nice and this phones, aka this lumia series would support windows phone 8? or not?. I bet that nokia would do the same they do always.

I'm sure it will. Microsoft will be committing suicide in today's market if they don't upgrade all of their Windows Phone handsets to Windows 8. Since they have a very strict hardware specification to date that should be easy for them to do whenever Windows 8 and Windows Phone merges.

Simon- said,

How can it be probable when WP8 upgradability is only a rumour?

Because it would be stupid for Microsoft to drop support for the Lumia 900 less than a year (about 6-8 months) after it's release?

CMG_90 said,
Desperate much?

If Microsoft were associated with an premium device, the would be called greedy, M$, people are being forced into paying the Microsoft tax, and all they care about is the bottom line.

But when they are associated with a premium device at a low cost, it is desperate.

Sad when people are offered a quality product at a value price they are attacked for it.

KomaWeiss said,
I'd get one, if it didn't have AT&T attached to the phone.

Yea that bothers me too. Its AT&T branded including an AT&T animation when you boot and turn off the phone.

The unlocked version is not LTE capable, in my opinion is not worth to get the unlocked device and sacrifice the 4G speeds. In the other hand if you want to have the LTE you must deal with the branded version.

No matter what, the Lumia 900 is really awesome branded or not ;-)