Microsoft Store now offering Nokia Lumia 920 for free on contract

Without a doubt, the current flagship device of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 family is the Nokia Lumia 920, thanks in part to its construction, its built in support for wireless charging and its camera. Indeed, Microsoft is using the camera of the Lumia 920 as the basis of its latest Windows Phone Challenge TV ad campaign.

Today, a way to get a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, which normally costs $99 for a two year contract with AT&T, just got easier. The official Microsoft Store website is now showing that you can get the Nokia Lumia 920 for free, again with a new two year plan from AT&T. The website is offering the black color version of the phone, along with the yellow and red color as well.

The Windows Store website has also lowered the price of the AT&T-based 8 GB HTC Windows Phone 8X to free with a new two year contract, with blue and "lime light" (i.e. yellow) colored versions available. AT&T recently lowered its own price for the 8 GB version down to $49. Both AT&T and Microsoft are still selling the 16 GB HTC Windows Phone 8X for $99.

Source: Microsoft Store | Image via Nokia
Via: WPCentral.com

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Next weeks headlines: "Microsoft gaining lots of traction, people are switching over like there's no tomorrow." Microsoft is on a roll giving away Windows 8 and now Windows Phone 8.

It's great but only if you know, for sure, that you'd still be with AT&T for 2 years. I'm glad I'm on the best contract-free plan in Canada ($40/month, unlimited everything).

Saying that a phone is "free" is absolutely meaningless without knowing the price of the contract.

You don't see houses being advertised as "free" if you pay $1,500 per month for 25 years. It's simply a way of masking the true price. Retailers should be required to prominently advertise the total price of the phone and be banned from using the term "free".

theyarecomingforyou said,

You don't see houses being advertised as "free" if you pay $1,500 per month for 25 years. It's simply a way of masking the true price. Retailers should be required to prominently advertise the total price of the phone and be banned from using the term "free".

The wireless carriers should be required to offer bring-your-own-device plans that are cheaper than the bundled-with-phone plans. Among the four national US carriers, only T-Mobile does this at present.

Paying developers for submissions, free phones...pretty soon they are going to start pay people to use their phones

Obvious trolling aside.... if "free" actually meant free, you might have a point. But that's not what it means at all. "Free" in this case simply means no upfront cost. You are still paying for the phone through your monthly contract payment. In fact you're probably going to end up paying more for the phone this way in the long run than a "sim-free" phone + "sim only" contract would cost you.

Also lets not forget that these phones are very highly rated by most anyone you ask. Windows Phone's issue is around public awareness (or lack of), and the range of apps. Something Microsoft are trying to remedy.... It's the whole chicken and the egg situation.

Customers shy away from the platform because their favourite apps are not on it, and app developers won't develop on it because the lack of customers doesn't make it worth their while. Somebody has to take a leap of faith, Microsoft is just incentivising the developers to make that leap.

Sonne said,
Paying developers for submissions, free phones...pretty soon they are going to start pay people to use their phones

While its true Microsoft is desperate, they aren't giving out the phone for free in this situation... they are making you sign up for a 2 year contract dude..

pmdci said,
"For free on contract"... like being slightly pregnant.

Exactly. "Free, if you pay $2000" isn't that cheap of a phone.

I'd rather have the Lumia 520 for $200 off-contract. Since I use prepaid, I make back the price of the phone in less than a year, compared to the on-contract people. The next year is pure savings.

TomJones said,

Exactly. "Free, if you pay $2000" isn't that cheap of a phone.

I'd rather have the Lumia 520 for $200 off-contract. Since I use prepaid, I make back the price of the phone in less than a year, compared to the on-contract people. The next year is pure savings.

Amen, brother. I got a HTC One and I paid the full price for it, then I subscribed to the cheapest contract available, adding a 10 EUR Internet pack on it. hat of course drives my mobile operator nuts. That brings a lot of satisfaction

Rogers/Costco has sort of a similar deal. Phone, wireless charger, car charger, plus $100 Costco card (used to pay $29 for the phone) BUT on a 3 year contract .