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".