AT&T Windows Phone 8 handsets launching Nov 9, from $49.99

For those hoping to grab a new Windows Phone in the US, the drip-drip of information regarding pricing and availability has been pretty frustrating. Both Nokia and HTC had launch announcements for their new Windows Phone 8 handsets weeks and weeks ago; a few weeks later, AT&T confirmed that it would carry the Lumia 820, as well as exclusively offering the Lumia 920 flagship in the US, but still failed to spill the beans on pricing and launch date.

Now, finally, the information that customers have been awaiting for so long has been released.

The Nokia Lumia 920 will launch for just $99.99 on contract. "For a limited time and while supplies last", AT&T will also throw in a free wireless charging plate. While the press release does not state exactly how long that offer will last, once it ends, customers hoping to take advantage of the 920's built-in wireless charging capabilities will have to purchase the charging plate separately.

The Lumia 820 will be offered at an even lower price of just $49.99. Although the handset itself is black, the 820 features colourful interchangeable shells which can be purchased separately; a wireless charging shell will also be available for purchase. Both of the two Lumias will be available this Friday, November 9, but you can pre-order yours from tomorrow.

AT&T also announced that it will offer two versions of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC: the 16GB model will be priced at $199.99, and will be offered solely in 'California Blue' (shown above); an 8GB version will be offered in both California Blue and 'Limelight' (bright yellow) for $99.99 (the yellow version is exclusive to AT&T). No release date has been given for the 8X yet, with AT&T stating only that it will be available "before Thanksgiving".

Source: AT&T ( Lumia 920 | Lumia 820 | HTC 8X ) | Images via Nokia and HTC press offices

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here on the west coast pre orders opened at 9 pm. I ordered mine. was debating between the 920 and S3. but at $99 plus free charging plate its just too good to pass up.

Chris - the one and only time that happened with early upgrade within that kind of time frame was when Apple forced that to happen when they were like 90% Apple devices sold through AT&T. That won't happen again that I can foresee in the future. The price at $99.00 is like taking $100 off your ETF. I have to pay $199.00 in real dollars to get one of my phones to the Lumia 920.

I wonder if At&t will offer early upgrade pricing. I'm not due for an upgrade until May, so it would probably be cheaper to get a new line and pay the ETF.

FalseAgent said,
That is even cheaper than the nexus!

Not really, this phone is subsided by the network but they'll get it all back and then some over the two years. If you bought the Nexus sim-free and went on a sim-only plan you'd save several $100 dollars.

thealexweb said,

Not really, this phone is subsided by the network but they'll get it all back and then some over the two years. If you bought the Nexus sim-free and went on a sim-only plan you'd save several $100 dollars.

maybe where you are, but in the US cell phone plans pretty much cost the same whether you buy the phone outright or take advantage of this. I could go pre-paid but most discount pre-paid plans run on Sprint's network which SUCKS

spudtrooper said,

maybe where you are, but in the US cell phone plans pretty much cost the same whether you buy the phone outright or take advantage of this. I could go pre-paid but most discount pre-paid plans run on Sprint's network which SUCKS

Do the big providers offer no PAYG options at all? 0.,o If so they need to be broken up immediately to make some competition.

For those who say this thing is a tank. Let's remember that an iPhone 4S weighs in at 4.9 ounces. Most people but a simple case on it that averages around 1.2 - 2.00 ounces which also increases its dimensions to about 11mm's thickness. So with an iPhone 4S(4.9 ounces) and lets say a Speck Candy Shell(1.8 ounces) - you are talking about almost an 7 ounce phone compared to a 6.5 ounce Lumia 920. You really don't need a case for it. The one they provide is very light weight which would make it about 7 ounces. So the size should be the only gripe for most not the weight.

I love how many critics complain about the weight when most of those phones made from cheap plastic or glass recommends a case for them and makes them just as heavy.

It's all about how they want to spin it. I am leaning towards the HTC 8X due to the size in the screen. I like a smaller form factor. 4-4.3" Although the Lumia is very close overall.

mrmomoman said,
For those who say this thing is a tank.

It is a tank (in both weight and thickness). Especially so when compared to an iPhone 5.

Elliott said,

It is a tank (in both weight and thickness). Especially so when compared to an iPhone 5.

I am sorry did I compare it to the iPhone 5? I don't see that anywhere in my comments..

Elliott said,

It is a tank (in both weight and thickness). Especially so when compared to an iPhone 5.

Except that you need a case for it

FoxieFoxie said,
Except that you need a case for it

Why? I use mine without a case. I never used a case on any of my iPhones (3G, 4, 4S, or 5) and have never had a problem with cracked casing or shattered screens/back panels.

Leaving Sprint... New to ATT

Big Questions..... What time does this usually hit online, Midnight or Early Morning?

I may have to stay up late.

MikadoWu said,
Leaving Sprint... New to ATT

Big Questions..... What time does this usually hit online, Midnight or Early Morning?

I may have to stay up late.

At about 3:50

Not bad? Is is practically free. With that price point what they are hoping people would do is break their contract and spend just a little more to get a new phone. It would make sense.

It would only cost me to $95.00 to break one of my AT&T contracts so with this it would make sense. I was hoping for an HTC 8X in black but that would seem to be a Verizon Exclusive for now. Not a fan of the Blue..