Nokia Lumia 900 US price cut permanently to $49.99

The Nokia Lumia 900 is cheaper to buy starting this week. The Windows Phone 7.5-powered smartphone is now priced at $49.99, a 50 percent price cut, via its exclusive wireless carrier AT&T; that price is based on signing a two year contract.

The announcement was made in a post on Nokia's blog, along with the announcement that the previously revealed pink color version of the Lumia 900 is now available for sale at AT&T stores.

The Lumia 900 launched on Easter Sunday in April for $99.99, although some savvy shoppers could have bought the phone for $49.99 or $19.99 at launch. The launch was reportedly solid at first, with AT&T saying that demand for the phone had exceeded its expectations; the phone has also generally received positive reviews.

Reuters reported that, according to a quote from a Nokia spokesperson, it is not unusual to cut the price of a smartphone at this stage of a product's life, adding that the price reduction for the Lumia 900 " ... is part of our ongoing lifecycle management, which is jointly done between Nokia and carrier customers."

A few weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed that the Lumia 900, along with all current Windows Phone devices, would not get an upgrade to the upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS, but it will get a intermediate update to Windows Phone 7.8.

Source: Nokia blog

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This phone was DOA. To get them moving they will need to give them away. Maybe at Starbucks with a coffee? Maybe as a hand out on a street corner?

The price cut is because people are scared to buy.

My girlfriend needs a new phone. I won't recommend a WP7 phone simply because next year all the new apps made for WP8 won't work on a WP7 phone, and she won't be one bit happy when she discovers that.

lunarworks said,
The price cut is because people are scared to buy.

My girlfriend needs a new phone. I won't recommend a WP7 phone simply because next year all the new apps made for WP8 won't work on a WP7 phone, and she won't be one bit happy when she discovers that.

Just like apps developed and tested on later versions of Android don't work properly or at all on previous versions, and apps developed and tested for iOS 5 don't work properly or at all on earlier iPhones locked to older iOS versions. What's the difference? Most iOS apps I see these days have a minimum version number.

Besides, that's hypothetical at this point. Windows Phone 8 hasn't been released yet. It's a couple of months off at least. And even then, it's going to take months after that for there to be a substantial number of apps available that are of any quality. Windows Phone 7 has (as of April 2012) 80,000 apps (think they said it has 100,000 now, but can't immediately find a source to confirm). If I was buying a new phone now, I know which I'd choose. One that's going to get lots of the UI features of WP8 in 7.8 and has 80-100k apps already available. I'd get WP8 the next time around.

Edited by Ryster, Jul 16 2012, 10:22pm :

TCLN Ryster said,

Just like apps developed and tested on later versions of Android don't work properly or at all on previous versions, and apps developed and tested for iOS 5 don't work properly or at all on earlier iPhones locked to older iOS versions. What's the difference? Most iOS apps I see these days have a minimum version number.

Besides, that's hypothetical at this point. Windows Phone 8 hasn't been released yet. It's a couple of months off at least. And even then, it's going to take months after that for there to be a substantial number of apps available that are of any quality. Windows Phone 7 has (as of April 2012) 80,000 apps (think they said it has 100,000 now, but can't immediately find a source to confirm). If I was buying a new phone now, I know which I'd choose. One that's going to get lots of the UI features of WP8 in 7.8 and has 80-100k apps already available. I'd get WP8 the next time around.

Yeah that's right you can either hold out till WP8 and have it for ages or go with WP7.8 and still get access to all the apps that are already there as well as a rock solid OS. BTW they hit 100K the other day.

Its so useless that doesnt even serve to wipe your ass. Anyways why would you pay SOMETHING for this **** when you cant even update the OS to the new WP8 (and thats another brand of ****)

ThePitt said,
Its so useless that doesnt even serve to wipe your ass. Anyways why would you pay SOMETHING for this **** when you cant even update the OS to the new WP8 (and thats another brand of ****)

Unless there is something WP8 will do which you need that WP7.8 won't do then why pay for a more expensive device?

Just like most people are practical buying a washing machine to wash clothes, and an oven to cook food, many people buy a phone for their needs, not everyone buys one for bragging rights.

ThePitt said,
Its so useless that doesnt even serve to wipe your ass.

I have to agree. I'd rather wipe my ass with an iPhone or Android.

ThePitt said,
Its so useless that doesnt even serve to wipe your ass.

You wipe your a** with your Android-based phone? You've got problems.


Anyways why would you pay SOMETHING for this **** when you cant even update the OS to the new WP8 (and thats another brand of ****)

You sound mad. If you don't like it, don't buy it. If you're cursing about WP8 being garbage, you won't be able to appreciate that the Lumia 900 is a good phone even with only WP7.8.

It's $50... it's a nice phone and it doesn't cost very much on contract.

ThePitt said,
Its so useless that doesnt even serve to wipe your ass. Anyways why would you pay SOMETHING for this **** when you cant even update the OS to the new WP8 (and thats another brand of ****)

Same reason someone paid $50 for a 1ghz Android phone running 2.2 that will never see the 4.0 light of day and runs like absolute crap. At least here, they're paying 50$ for a phone that doesn't need to see 8.0 light of day to run like a champ.

It's all about perspective.

Kimleng said,

Same reason someone paid $50 for a 1ghz Android phone running 2.2 that will never see the 4.0 light of day and runs like absolute crap. At least here, they're paying 50$ for a phone that doesn't need to see 8.0 light of day to run like a champ.

It's all about perspective.

The Nexus S has a 1GHz CPU and runs like a champ.

Admitedly though that one got ICS and is getting JB, but the notable difference is that besides a few exceptions pretty much every app in the Android store is compatible with Froyo (and more than 75% of current activated Android devices are on 2.3.3 or higher anyway).

That's not because of any Android virtue, just the fact that Android's marketshare is spread through several versions so most devs just target the lowest common denominator.

The problem with WP7 is that it's marketshare is so small that I don't see devs caring about it as soon as they can target both WP8 and W8 users.

rfirth said,

It's $50... it's a nice phone and it doesn't cost very much on contract.

It makes me laugh that people think the phone is "only" costing them $50. It's not, It's costing you $550. Just because the cost of the phone is included in your contract's monthly payments, doesn't mean you aren't paying for it. This is why "Sim Only" plans are a lot cheaper, because you're not paying for a phone.

TCLN Ryster said,

It makes me laugh that people think the phone is "only" costing them $50. It's not, It's costing you $550. Just because the cost of the phone is included in your contract's monthly payments, doesn't mean you aren't paying for it. This is why "Sim Only" plans are a lot cheaper, because you're not paying for a phone.

Yes but the truth is SIM only plans aren't giving you as much credit and data etc. so for people who are using their phones frequently for work or are teenage girls going on a plan like this and only having to pay $50 up front is a bargain.

oh the US, they almost only use contrat selling.

But, hey... can I import Lumia900 from US ? ..here in Portugal is about 500€. lol
US lucky guys...

Fayker said,
oh the US, they almost only use contrat selling.

But, hey... can I import Lumia900 from US ? ..here in Portugal is about 500€. lol
US lucky guys...

Naah man I wish, not only is it carrier locked (isn't a problem for hackers) but the cellular radio is not very likely to work in your area you can check on wikipedia or something though

Okay this is f*()*@(#@ing ridiculous...

howcome they can sell that phone, that isnt state of the art and isnt going to be ugraded to WP8 either.

But 50USD ????? ITS 464EUROS TO BUY ME LUMIA900 IN THE NETHERLANDS.

And with a contact, its still 50euros a month for phoneless contract thats 10euros a month, 2 years contract, 20*30ish euros, is even more.

This is just so frigging ridiculous

Shadowzz said,
Okay this is f*()*@(#@ing ridiculous...

howcome they can sell that phone, that isnt state of the art and isnt going to be ugraded to WP8 either.

But 50USD ????? ITS 464EUROS TO BUY ME LUMIA900 IN THE NETHERLANDS.

And with a contact, its still 50euros a month for phoneless contract thats 10euros a month, 2 years contract, 20*30ish euros, is even more.

This is just so frigging ridiculous

I paid $449 for my Lumia 900, but got a $100 credit back, so $349.. The $50 price is with a contract. But the dumb thing is I pay the same amount monthly whether I buy the phone outright or get subsidized through a contract.

Shadowzz said,
Okay this is f*()*@(#@ing ridiculous...

how come they can sell that phone, that isn't state of the art and isn't going to be upgraded to WP8 either.

But 50USD ????? ITS 464EUROS TO BUY ME LUMIA900 IN THE NETHERLANDS.

And with a contact, its still 50euros a month for phone less contract that's 10euros a month, 2 years contract, 20*30ish euros, is even more.

This is just so frigging ridiculous

Um, because you don't have to have, how did you put it? "State of the Art Hardware" to have an excellent smartphone experience. Phone works or doesn't work. People are happy with their device or they're not. In the case of Windows Phones people who actually HAVE them are overwhelmingly happy or very happy with them.

You don't want a Lumia 900 with WP 7.8? Don't buy it. If the spec sheet is your deal then go buy a quad core android snack food of the month plus a desk charger for work, home, car and an extra battery or two and be content.

webdev511 said,

If the spec sheet is your deal then go buy a quad core android snack food of the month plus a desk charger for work, home, car and an extra battery or two and be content.

Wayyy overstating. I can go a full day without a problem on my Galaxy Nexus 4G

Brandon said,

Wayyy overstating. I can go a full day without a problem on my Galaxy Nexus 4G

You've obviously only had it for a couple of days, mines lucky to get 3 hours- using cellular and WiFi and 6 hours doing jack.

it is not unusual to cut the price of a smartphone at this stage of a product's life

Really? What other phone has had a noticeable price cut (let alone a 50% cut) three months after launch?

ichi said,

Really? What other phone has had a noticeable price cut (let alone a 50% cut) three months after launch?

Lots of Androids I suspect.

ichi said,

Really? What other phone has had a noticeable price cut (let alone a 50% cut) three months after launch?

It's 50% of the subsidized cost, not 50% of it's actual out-of-contract cost.

rfirth said,

It's 50% of the subsidized cost, not 50% of it's actual out-of-contract cost.

Nice spin; how many people in the US buy phones out of contract? Unfortunately very few.........
BTW they are cutting prices in Europe too........

rfirth said,

It's 50% of the subsidized cost, not 50% of it's actual out-of-contract cost.

Let's put it that way then: what other phone has had a noticeable subsidized price cut (let alone a 50% cut) three months after launch?

rfirth said,

It's 50% of the subsidized cost, not 50% of it's actual out-of-contract cost.


I was about to say the same thing. This isn't a 50% price cut ichi, not by a long shot. It's a $50 price cut. At the BestBuy site, the buy price is $549 currently. Assuming that includes the $50 price reduction and the cost was $600 before, that's just an 8.3% (approx.) price drop. NOT 50%. It's not "spin", it's simple math.

The $100 you are no doubt thinking of (which is now down to $50) is merely the subsidised price by locking yourself into a 2 year contract. The value of the phone is now $550... contract or not.

TCLN Ryster said,

I was about to say the same thing. This isn't a 50% price cut ichi, not by a long shot. It's a $50 price cut. At the BestBuy site, the buy price is $549 currently. Assuming that includes the $50 price reduction and the cost was $600 before, that's just an 8.3% (approx.) price drop. NOT 50%. It's not "spin", it's simple math.

The $100 you are no doubt thinking of (which is now down to $50) is merely the subsidised price by locking yourself into a 2 year contract. The value of the phone is now $550... contract or not.

I know it's subsidized price, and even though that's how most people get phones that's not the point anyway. They point is that the Nokia rep stated that "it is not unusual to cut the price of a smartphone at this stage of a product's life", and I don't see how that's not unusual in any way.

It's not in the piece of article posted here, but then he went to compare the price cut of a 3 months old device with the price cut in the galaxy S II, a phone that has been out for longer than a year.

ichi said,

I know it's subsidized price, and even though that's how most people get phones that's not the point anyway. They point is that the Nokia rep stated that "it is not unusual to cut the price of a smartphone at this stage of a product's life", and I don't see how that's not unusual in any way.

It's not in the piece of article posted here, but then he went to compare the price cut of a 3 months old device with the price cut in the galaxy S II, a phone that has been out for longer than a year.

Just stop posting.