Lumia 800 bundle now available in Microsoft Stores

If you live in the US and really, really want to get a Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone but don't want to import it, you can now walk into one of Microsoft's retail store locations and purchase the Windows Phone device. Confirming previous rumors, the official Windows Phone blog has announced that the Lumia 800 is available for sale in all 15 Microsoft Stores.

Apparently the official launch of the Lumia 800 in these stores was scheduled for February 26 but Microsoft's blog gives consumers the OK to ask one of the store reps to get the phone from the back storage room. This version is unlocked and is not tied into any wireless carrier.

In addition to the phone itself, which was first launched in November in parts of Europe, people who purchase the Lumia 800 at the Microsoft Store locations will also get some hardware extras: the Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster, the Luna Bluetooth headset, and the Play 360° wireless speaker. The phone itself comes in either black or magenta and some of the accessories have matching colors.

So far there are no announced plans for Microsoft to sell the Lumia 800 as a stand alone product in its stores. The Lumia 800 bundle, with all of the included hardware extras, is now on sale for $899.

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Lumia 800 could be a competitive phone if it came out a year ago. Windows Phone's limitations prevent it from being competitive to Android devices. A ridiculous example is that 1.4 GHz CPU-equipped Windows Phones can't record video at 1080p. This is all Microsoft's fault and Nokia can't do anything about this because they are Microsoft-dependent now, after the marriage.

Hello,

I have only visited the Microsoft Store in San Diego a handful of times, but it seems built to give Microsoft's consumer brand a certain kind of premium experience or cachet, for lack oif a better term. Given that Microsoft has a huge OEM business, I am not surprised that Microsoft would offer a "premium experience" in all respects, including pricing at or near full retail. This allows them to craft a premium service that they can highlight and use for marketing, advertising and public relations purposes, while not offending or cutting into their partners' lines of business. It's kind of like the Microsoft Signature PC business, where they offer a few computers from their partners.

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Aryeh Goretsky

It still bothers me that they chose such a steep price point. I understand that the hardware and software that goes into these phones are expensive to make, but how can they expect sales to take off when people are shelling out more money than what a new laptop costs. Even when bought as an upgrade or with a new plan, upwards of four hundred dollars is still a commitment over the course of two years.

As others have pointed out, you aren't buying just the phone and this is a contract free phone.

There are no carrier subsidies on this. The reason a phone on contract only costs $200 is because carriers take on a loss when selling the phone to you and make up for it over the length of your contract.

/- Razorfold said,
As others have pointed out, you aren't buying just the phone and this is a contract free phone.

There are no carrier subsidies on this. The reason a phone on contract only costs $200 is because carriers take on a loss when selling the phone to you and make up for it over the length of your contract.

Is the phone available unbundled?

S3P€hR said,
why they keep emphasizing on Lumia 800 while 900 is announced?

lol because people like to have choices.. this isnt apple that tell you the 1 product to buy that month.. you have a choice between the 2

ExchangeAdm said,
$899 for a cell phone? What a waste.

It's more than just a cell phone, it's a Purity HD Stereo Headset (around $100), a Luna Bluetooth Headset (about $90) ,and a Nokia Play 360° Bluetooth Speaker ($170), plus the phone unlocked and out of contract Which is normally about $550

ExchangeAdm said,
$899 for a cell phone? What a waste.

I hate idiotic posts like yours.. If you think that 900 dollars is alot for the bundle then thats one thing.. but when you dont even know what the 900 dollars is for and complain that 900 dollars is a lot then its just stupid..