AT&T Windows Phone 8 launch; lines and shortages at some stores

As promised, AT&T began selling the first Windows Phone 8 devices in the US today, with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X devices. However, there are reports that some retail stores didn't have any of the new units available in their locations.

WPCentral.com reports that other stores only had a limited supply of the phones available for sale. One store in Dallas, Texas reported that their store just had one Nokia Lumia 920 unit available for purchase. Meanwhile, other stores actually had lines of people waiting to get the phones, such as the above picture taken in Irving, Texas.

The AT&T website does have a way to check in-store availability for its various smartphones. Our own check of local AT&T stores in the Greenville, South Carolina area shows that most of the colors available for the Nokia 920 were out of stock, except for the black version which was available in one store. The Nokia Lumia 820 was available for sale, but there were no HTC Windows Phone 8X units available in our neck of the woods.

As always, it's best to contact your own local AT&T store to make sure they have the smartphone model you want before you drive over to their location.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via WPCentral.com

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i managed to snag one on friday and what a disappointment this phone was.

screen is beautiful.
camera is only good at low lighting. i took several pics out in the sun light and it came out hazy/tint.
video recording is excellent.
window 8 ui is new to me and i liked it.
battery also sucks big time. compared to the iphone at least. i hardly used it and it couldn't last me a saturday ( my phone doesn't get much action on weekends).
recharging seems to take forever as well compared to the iphone.

i can live with everything above.

this phone reminded me as to why i went from window to mac in the first place.
i've had this phone for 2 days now and so far, it's froze on me twice. the screen goes blank and you cant turn the phone on or off. i cant even remember the last time my iphone or even my apple computer froze on me. the pictures within the tile disappears and the only way to get it back is to turn the phone off. and the damn auto brightness setting is not working all the time.

i'm hoping this is just my phone. i'm going to give the lumia another shot because i'm tire of the iphone. returning the damn thing monday. fingers crossed...

I went to my local AT&T store (Anchorage Alaska) and there was a slight line (I went at 1:30 in the after noon, on the residential side of town) all the at&t guys had on Windows 8 Phone shirts, they were out of all colors but black (Lucky thats the one I wanted) and had 2 920s on display a black one and a white one. Although I'll have to wait like 2 weeks for my wireless charger to arrival...

I went to three different stores in Seattle and all were sold out of yellow, red and white. I wanted the white one. I was told the MS store had it. I headed over there and they only had a few left but I was able to get white 920. I was also told that Nokia will give a free wireless charger just like AT&T when the website opens next week. So I didn't have to get my phone at horrible AT&T stores. It's phone is a long way from my 3GS I had. Time to keep playing with it. Bye

I've been pondering getting a windows phone but I'm wondering if I'm better off just getting a 7.8 one. Hoping they start going for cheapo prices.

I was in a line at my store of about 20 people. 11 were looking for an iPhone, myself and 3 others were there for the galaxy note 2 and the rest had issues with there account and needed customer service.

ACTIONpack said,
Funny if Microsoft paid all those people to be inline.

Yup. We were definitely missing your typical retarded comment.

Yep, I got two delivered this morning.

Question, do I need an InvisibleShield on the 920? I've kept them on my Focus for the last two years and my phone looks brand new now that I've removed them. Does the screen not need one on the 920?

The store closest to me only had two black 920s on display. But everyone in the store was wearing bright blue Windows 8 shirts. There were little post-it notes marking where they were going to be laying out the 820, 8X and whatnot.

While I was in there, one person did buy a 920 and there was a steady stream of folks looking at it.

The store downtown Houston near my office had no line on pre-order day, no lines today ... the pre-order device is on backorder and the store has zero inventory. Meanwhile the employees are sporting blue Windows Phone 8 t-shirts. The 920 and 820 demo units on the store floor are gorgeous.

techfreak said,
The store downtown Houston near my office had no line on pre-order day, no lines today ... the pre-order device is on backorder and the store has zero inventory. Meanwhile the employees are sporting blue Windows Phone 8 t-shirts. The 920 and 820 demo units on the store floor are gorgeous.

I think I know the one you're talking about - near Main I think. Will definitely check out the demos even though I'm on T-Mobile

That's crazy. AT@T needs to start showing some respect and try to se as much Lumia as any other devices out there.

It's kinda sad that they have so few of them in stock. Speaks about low faith in the product on the part of the carriers. Based on past performance, who can blame them, I guess.

saposmak said,
It's kinda sad that they have so few of them in stock. Speaks about low faith in the product on the part of the carriers. Based on past performance, who can blame them, I guess.

I don't think it's about faith, it's about how many retail stores AT&T has, which I bet are a lot, and also how much of the initial shipment did they keep for the online orders? Do you know how many phones they get for other models? I bet the majority of the phones in any given retail AT&T shop have a low stock number.

GP007 said,

I don't think it's about faith, it's about how many retail stores AT&T has, which I bet are a lot, and also how much of the initial shipment did they keep for the online orders? Do you know how many phones they get for other models? I bet the majority of the phones in any given retail AT&T shop have a low stock number.

All these speculations are useless.... Just let us wait to hear the announcement about how many devices were sold, simple as that.

I went to two ATT stores and I was told they lines picked up all the lumias. had to drive 1hr to a back of the woods small town to find a lumia 920.

neonspark said,
I went to two ATT stores and I was told they lines picked up all the lumias. had to drive 1hr to a back of the woods small town to find a lumia 920.

Extremely dodgy all round.

efjay said,
You forgot to add the fact that you cant buy a 920 off contract as well....

You should have just bought a new line and canceled it, then paid ETF. At least you would have the phone today.

jr.flynn said,

You should have just bought a new line and canceled it, then paid ETF. At least you would have the phone today.

Dodgy suggestion, too much hassle!

neonspark said,

lol who gets in line for a Samsung anything...

You might want to check the latest Samsung financial report; I guess you will be surprised.

neonspark said,

lol who gets in line for a Samsung anything...

The Galaxy SIII has sold over 30 million, thats only one of their phones.

aviator189 said,

what does that have anything to do with windows phone 8??

People lining up could be for the Galaxy Note 2 and not the Lumia or HTCs

Rumor has it ~50% of those people are buying them so they can drop them, shoot them, submerge them or otherwise torture test them using purely scientific testing methodologies then put up a lame video that conclusively proves item xxx is better than yyy...

ir0nw0lf said,
Rumor has it ~50% of those people are buying them so they can drop them, shoot them, submerge them or otherwise torture test them using purely scientific testing methodologies then put up a lame video that conclusively proves item xxx is better than yyy...

Thanks for sarcasm.. but I doubt they're getting them on contract price! Which is better for AT&T & Nokia then..

PoohGQ said,

Thanks for sarcasm.. but I doubt they're getting them on contract price! Which is better for AT&T & Nokia then..


The 50% number might have been a tad high ;-)

red hook said,
The grey color is awesome. I would step over a naked Selma Hayek to get one.

You are either in a committed relationship or DEAD! I was going to say below the waist, but she's actually smart too which is even hotter than her looks to me. I like tech as much as the next person but that's just crazy talk.

Drewidian said,

You are either in a committed relationship or DEAD! I was going to say below the waist, but she's actually smart too which is even hotter than her looks to me. I like tech as much as the next person but that's just crazy talk.

lol

red hook said,
The grey color is awesome. I would step over a naked Selma Hayek to get one.

Are you saying the 920 is available in grey? I thought they dropped this color!