AT&T permanently cuts price of Nokia Lumia 1020 to $199.99

AT&T has now cut the price of its Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone to $199.99 permanently, after previously selling the Windows Phone 8 smartphone with the 41 megapixel camera for $299.99 with a new two year contract.

AT&T launched the Lumia 1020 just a few weeks ago on July 26th, and both AT&T and Microsoft have been hyping up the smartphone's camera features in their own TV commercials. However, early reports claim that sales of the smartphone have been modest, In mid-August, AT&T cut the price of the Lumia 1020 to $199.99 in a few US markets for a limited time. It would now appear that the wireless carrier believes that the lower price will help sales across the country.

If you want to buy the Nokia Lumia 1020 outright, that cost has been reduced as well, although not by much. AT&T is now listing the smartphone's no contract price as $609, which is $50 less that its previous cost of $659.

The Microsoft Store is still offering people who purchase the Lumia 1020 from their site a way to get the phone's $74.99 Camera Grip accessory, which also doubles as an extra battery, for free with a new two year AT&T contract.

Source: AT&T | Image via Nokia

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I don't think it's a huge surprise since they will be coming out with the 1520, which will probably take the $300 mark.

I have yet to see a single person with a Windows phone. I am sure they are out there, but not very common here in the mid-west.

This is Apple/Google advertising that want everybody think phone is touch screen with rows of icons and any alternative to rows of icons is what we don't understand( such as metro or live tiles). really ???

oliver182 said,
Question, how much do you pay monthly with this 2 year contract?

That really depends on what you get on your plan. With the bare minimum 450/5000 minute plan and 2GB data usage cap, it's probably around $80-90 a month. My company pays for mine, so it's been awhile since I've seen the rates.

oliver182 said,
So if I get this right, the $199,99 is a fixed price independent of the plan you get?

Right. You pay it upfront to get the phone, but the monthly price will vary.

oliver182 said,
So if I get this right, the $199,99 is a fixed price independent of the plan you get?

But you're forced to pay for a bare minimum of data and such. You can't totally cheap out.

NeoTrunks said,

That really depends on what you get on your plan. With the bare minimum 450/5000 minute plan and 2GB data usage cap, it's probably around $80-90 a month. My company pays for mine, so it's been awhile since I've seen the rates.


At $80 x 24 months + $200 = $2,120 final price. Wow erm, are you sure? That's like over double what I expect to see in the UK.

SK[ said,]
At $80 x 24 months + $200 = $2,120 final price. Wow erm, are you sure? That's like over double what I expect to see in the UK.

Try checking out the price in Canada...

Thanks everyone, I'm from México, here we are allowed to buy a cheaper plan from 1 to 2 years, but we have to pay more for the phone (a lot more), that´s why I was wondering how much you pay to get the Lumia at $199.99.
For example:
Samsung Galaxy S4:
1.- Prepaid: $930
2.- 1 year contract: data 1gb, 1200 min, 100 sms: $22/month+$670.
3.- 2 year contract: data 2 gb, 2000 min, 400 sms, $97/month+$75.
Still not Lumia 1020 over here

SK[ said,]
At $80 x 24 months + $200 = $2,120 final price. Wow erm, are you sure? That's like over double what I expect to see in the UK.

Our mobile carriers love to bend us over in the States .

They charge us per minute for incoming calls and charge us for incoming SMS as well.

oliver182 said,
For incoming sms and calls? that's bad

In Canada they charge for caller display so often you don't know who is calling.
Then they charge you for incoming calls from different area codes...which you can't know in advance as you don't have caller display.

So I said FK that and moved to a quality provider who give me unlimited everything for $30/month.

In mid-August, AT&T cut the price of the Lunua 1020 to $199.99 in a few US markets for a limited time

I'm sure nobody is buying the Lunua because nobody knows what that is.

#Michael said,
Not selling my ass. Amazon best selling list for AT&T has the 1020 at the 4/6/8 spots: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sel...f_rd_r=0T3E7Z1STB0JNYKP1JES

On the top rated list the 1020 is listed at the 1/2 spot: http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-r...22313011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_tr

On hot new releases the 1020 takes the 1/2/3 spots: http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-r...313011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr

This article is not accurate at all. The phone is doing quite well.

But ATT is reporting sales based on THEIR sales numbers, not Amazon. If Amazon sales an ATT phone, ATT simply gets another customer and the monthly payment. Amazon gets the money paid up front and the sales credit.

#Michael said,
Not selling my ass. Amazon best selling list for AT&T has the 1020 at the 4/6/8 spots: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sel...f_rd_r=0T3E7Z1STB0JNYKP1JES

On the top rated list the 1020 is listed at the 1/2 spot: http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-r...22313011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_tr

On hot new releases the 1020 takes the 1/2/3 spots: http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-r...313011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr

This article is not accurate at all. The phone is doing quite well.

Position alone doesn't specify good sales unless you have an absolute figure to compare against, just because it's a high position could easily imply that the other products are performing worse, unless you have absolute figures then the only thing we can go on is what we're fed by the companies.

Ronnet said,

While I'm a fan of Windows Phone and have high expectations for its future, 3th place doesn't mean much. I mean Windows Phone is in a distant third place as well. I mean the Lumia 1020 could be behind Galaxy S3and the iPhone 5 with a 70/25/5 ratio.

Sure it could, but while the ratio might be low being in the top listing does give you awareness. It's always going to be a uphill battle for sure but this smartphone market is going to be huge in a few years, something like 1 billion units in 2015 or 2016?

When the overall number is that high does having a small % actually mean it's bad? Like IDC is projecting WP to have 10% of the global market by 2016? And that the market will be 1.5billion units for the year. So sure, 10% sounds like a distant 3rd place but when you break it down by actual real numbers and not a percent we're talking 150million units for the year. It's all relative in the end.

I'd have to see some actual numbers for a simple quote of "the Nokia 1020 is a top 3 selling smartphone at AT&T" to mean anything. That's the kind of statement that can hold true when it's in the top 3 for a week or even for a day. The phone is new, so of course it's got it's largest sales right now. Everyone who wants one and has been waiting is getting one now. Let's see long term top 3 numbers, not in the past week or two numbers. They wouldn't drop the price $100 if it were solid in a top 3 spot and there to stay. More than likely it jumped out in the top 3 when launched, and in the 2 or 3 weeks it's been out sales have dropped sharply after the early adopters got what they wanted.

Though, on a side note, it's looking like wireless companies are starting to sell phones at a default of $300 to sucker in all the people who really want the phone when it first comes out, then quickly dropping prices to $200 within a month or so. It's almost like a slap in the face to the most loyal of customers. So dropping the price could possibly mean less in terms of "bad" sales than it may sound like.