Eight Microsoft retail stores offer free Nokia Lumia 1020 with contract

Neowin recently gave the Nokia Lumia 1020 a very favorable review, but we have also noted there is evidence that the company's impressive $199.99 smartphone with its 41-megapixel camera is perhaps not catching on in terms of sales since it launched in July. Now Microsoft is running a highly limited promotion designed to get more people to check out the Lumia 1020.

According to Geekwire, some people have received emails alerting them to the promotion. It basically reduces the price of the Lumia 1020 down to zero (again with a two-year contract) but the deal is only if the person comes into a Microsoft Store to get the smartphone. Not only that, but only eight Microsoft Stores across the U.S. are offering this special deal.

The full list of Microsoft Store locations participating in the promotion is as follows:

  • Fashion Valley Mall - San Diego, CA
  • Valley Fair Mall - San Jose, CA
  • Christiana Mall - Newark, Delaware
  • Stanford Shopping Center - San Jose, CA
  • Mall at Rockingham - Salem, NH
  • Westchester - Whiteplains, NY
  • Village at Corte Madera - Corte Madera, CA
  • Natick Mall - Natick, MA

So basically if your are in California or in the Northeastern part of the U.S., you have a shot at getting a smartphone that's normally priced at $199.99 for free. The offer officially ends on Nov. 3. There's no word on why these eight specific Microsoft Store locations were picked for this Lumia 1020 promotion.

Source: Geekwire

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Gonna call technicality on this one....

Valley Fair Mall is Santa Clara, CA, NOT San Jose
Stanford Mall is Palo Alto, CA NOT San Jose

Also, killer phone, but waiting for it to hit Verizon before I buy one.

webdev511 said,
Gonna call technicality on this one....

Valley Fair Mall is Santa Clara, CA, NOT San Jose
Stanford Mall is Palo Alto, CA NOT San Jose

Also, killer phone, but waiting for it to hit Verizon before I buy one.

Same here. Can't wait for the Lumia 1028 (?).

Although, I assume that once they announce the Lumia 1028, they'll be announcing a Lumia 1030 for AT&T.

And the cycle starts again. Might just be better to switch to AT&T.

I heard that some stores were doing this special promotion and checked every store in Illinois.
Sadly, none of them were participating. At least now I know which ones are.

I'm sick of this BS "free with two year contract" news, without giving any further details. Is this journalism for kids?
What kind of contract? Is it 400$/month? Is it 30$/month?

If it's the former, I'll give you a Lumia 1020 and also pay you a difference just to sign it.

Mortis said,
I'm sick of this BS "free with two year contract" news, without giving any further details. Is this journalism for kids?
What kind of contract? Is it 400$/month? Is it 30$/month?

If it's the former, I'll give you a Lumia 1020 and also pay you a difference just to sign it.

Standard contract. Must include at least the smallest data plan.

It's not poor journalism. This is so commonplace that it would be silly to give any further details. It's standard.

rfirth said,

Standard contract. Must include at least the smallest data plan.

It's not poor journalism. This is so commonplace that it would be silly to give any further details. It's standard.


Well, yes and not: my guess is that the contract is with AT&T; more details about which carriers is involved would have been more exhaustive.

I want this phone, but at the rate Nokia is releasing new phones, I might just wait for the new 9XX instead.

Enron said,
I want this phone, but at the rate Nokia is releasing new phones, I might just wait for the new 9XX instead.

Just a few more days to see if they have anything like that but I don't expect it tbh. I think a true updated version of the 92x will come next year with Windows Phone 8.1 and be the first to market with it.

GP007 said,

Just a few more days to see if they have anything like that but I don't expect it tbh. I think a true updated version of the 92x will come next year with Windows Phone 8.1 and be the first to market with it.


It could be, I hope not though, in order to push the 6" one they will reveal on Tuesday. It is a risky strategy though because it means, assuming that WP8.1 will be available by May or June, one year and a half between the two.
If it will happen will be interesting to see if the device will have the "back" button or not.

GP007 said,

Just a few more days to see if they have anything like that but I don't expect it tbh. I think a true updated version of the 92x will come next year with Windows Phone 8.1 and be the first to market with it.


It could be, I hope not though, in order to push the 6" one they will reveal on Tuesday. It is a risky strategy though because it means, assuming that WP8.1 will be available by May or June, one year and a half between the two.

Fritzly said,

It could be, I hope not though, in order to push the 6" one they will reveal on Tuesday. It is a risky strategy though because it means, assuming that WP8.1 will be available by May or June, one year and a half between the two.

True that the delay is big but we could see newer updates to the other ones, 8xx/7xx for now.

It's definitely an amazing deal... I don't know how anyone looking for a sweet feature-rich new phone wouldn't take advantage of that! I hope the Toronto Microsoft Store gets a similar deal for Rogers or even better Bell (highly doubt it though).

j2006 said,
It's definitely an amazing deal... I don't know how anyone looking for a sweet feature-rich new phone wouldn't take advantage of that! I hope the Toronto Microsoft Store gets a similar deal for Rogers or even better Bell (highly doubt it though).

To each his own....

Misleading headline. It's like saying that estate agents are offering "free" houses with a monthly mortgage payment. What it should say is that some stores are offering the phone without an upfront fee or that the phone has been discounted by $200, neither of which would imply it is "free".

So you have two scenarios:

$199 + two-year contract
$0 + the same two-year contract

Would you say the phone is free to the customers who sign up on the contract? From the customer's standpoint, the phone is free since you get it for $0 with the same two-year contract. It's also how contract phones are advertised in the US.

theyarecomingforyou said,

And it's misleading, which is the point I was making.


(apologies if they changed the title by the time I commented)
the title says "with contract," making it really clear what it means. Anyone who's ever shopped for a phone in the US knows that "with contract" means a $60/month plan for 2 years, it's not really that misleading.

Matthew_Thepc said,

(apologies if they changed the title by the time I commented)
the title says "with contract," making it really clear what it means. Anyone who's ever shopped for a phone in the US knows that "with contract" means a $60/month plan for 2 years, it's not really that misleading.

The problem in the US is that thanks to the carriers racket and the "People representatives" the same racket push elected average consumers do not have alternatives.