Nokia Lumia 930 goes on sale in US (unofficially) for $699.99

Pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 930 opened in the UK this week, ahead of the new Windows Phone 8.1 flagship's availability there on July 17. At the UK launch in London, Microsoft confirmed that the 930 will not be going on sale in the US - but while there are no official plans to launch it there, the opportunity remains open to third-party retailers to satisfy demand. 

Expansys USA is now selling the Lumia 930 for $699.99, with all four color options available - black, white, green and orange - although delivery times differ between them. The handsets are unlocked, so you can use them on whichever carrier you choose, but be sure to check that the device will support the 3G/4G bands used by your carrier before you buy. 

The 930 features a 5-inch Full HD (1920x1080px) display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, along with a 20MP PureView camera. 


Do not make the mistake of underestimating how orange the orange Lumia 930 is. It's really orange.

The Lumia 930 is, in a sense, already available in the United States officially, albeit under a different name. It is sold exclusively on Verizon in the US as the Lumia Icon, but that handset is virtually identical to the 930, although the 930 comes with Windows Phone 8.1 and the latest 'Cyan' firmware pre-installed. 

Like the Icon, the 930 fills a 'sweet spot' between the 4.5-inch Lumia 92x family, and the gigantic 6-inch Lumia 1520 sold on AT&T. Growing demand for larger screens has left the 92x range looking and feeling a bit small in the face of its competition, but the massive 1520 is perhaps a bit too big for many users. The 5-inch 930 fills the gap between them nicely, but unless you're willing to buy the Icon on Verizon, your only other option in the United States is to purchase the 930 at full price via a retailer like Expansys. 

Source: Expansys USA via WinBeta | upper image via Nokia

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People are still on the replacing battery kick? It's called a battery pack that is more commonly used since it provides more juice for a lot less than OEM spare batteries.

Expanded memory for what? I don't know the last time I heard someone say damn I ran out of space. Even with 16GB phones. Maybe I don't know anyone who knows :)

Local Sync? Really? You still do this? I haven't local synced to Mail for......it's been that long I forgot..

Nokia Lumia 930 is not intetresting, because:
1) No possible to replace battery.
2) No expand memory with memory card.
3) No local sync over USB cable to Outlook 2013.

Want one, but there's no way I'm spending 700.00 for a damn phone. I know it's an un official price, but still...

uxo22 said,
Want one, but there's no way I'm spending 700.00 for a damn phone. I know it's an un official price, but still...

Well, if you want an Unlocked, Unbranded, high end devices... prices are not much lower. Yes Expansys is usually higher, especially whit new devices but, for example, I paid my 920 Euro 599 when it launched, nowadays you can find it in the low Euro 200.

ACTIONpack said,
Not very impressive with 930 at all

Quad microphone array for video recording doesn't impress?

Guess it takes all sorts of people in this world.

deadonthefloor said,

Quad microphone array for video recording doesn't impress?

Guess it takes all sorts of people in this world.


To each his own.... For me personally no, it is irrelevant; I do not like the mix of metal and polycarbonate, the lack of Glance and a SD card; most important of all I do not buy devices depending on carriers for updates. I was holding on my 920 waiting to see what McLaren will offer but yesterday my screen broke and I found out that the cost of repair would have been around $250 so I ordered a 1520. Hopefully I will be able to handle its size which is the only concern I have about the device.

deadonthefloor said,

Quad microphone array for video recording doesn't impress?

Guess it takes all sorts of people in this world.


Lack of Glance, SD slot, snapdragon is not the latest, heavier, very blah in design.

ACTIONpack said,

Lack of Glance, SD slot, snapdragon is not the latest, heavier, very blah in design.

Well it's an 8 month old phone (rebranded Icon) so I wouldn't expect the latest specs. You're going to have to wait for the next cycle of phones post-acquisition of Nokia.

Enron said,

Well it's an 8 month old phone (rebranded Icon) so I wouldn't expect the latest specs. You're going to have to wait for the next cycle of phones post-acquisition of Nokia.


True, technically speaking.... but it is priced as a latest model; in comparison I paid the 1520, Unbranded, $490 all included.

i dont see how is color important, i like the black and white devices, because they look more business-y and the green and orange ones, because they are more happy-go-lucky

dark green would be an awesome color, i dont know why havent anyone thought of that... or dark red, those two would be the bomb

Keep in mind that the version on Expansys DOES NOT have the LTE bands for AT&T (not sure about T-Mobile).

They DO have the RM-938 version of the 1520, however (currently, only yellow).

[quote=They DO have the RM-938 version of the 1520, however (currently, only yellow).[/quote]

newegg.com shows all three colors of the 1520.3 in stock.

Buy it from Verizon as it is unlocked if you aren't too particular for a color outside of black :) They are unlocked and work perfectly fine on the LTE networks for AT&T and I haven't verified other networks so i can't speak for them.

Hell you can find slightly used ones for $200-250 bucks

Stokkolm said,
How would voice calls work? Does the Icon also support GSM?

Network
•WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 (1,2,5,8)
•GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (2,3,5,8)
•LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 (1,3,7,8,20)

Verizon Windows Phones won't do MMS on other carriers. They have some weird proprietary MMS config. But if you don't mind not having that then it's an option, especially for T-Mobile users living in areas where 3G is refarmed onto 1900MHz.

mrmomoman said,
Think the question was answered :) Works on GSM 3G/4G and LTE for ATT.

If it has band 4 LTE enabled (I'm not sure if it did at launch) then it will only partially (barely) support AT&T LTE. AT&T doesn't use band 4 LTE in many places at all. T-Mobile on the other hand exclusively uses band 4 for LTE.

mrp04 said,

If it has band 4 LTE enabled (I'm not sure if it did at launch) then it will only partially (barely) support AT&T LTE. AT&T doesn't use band 4 LTE in many places at all. T-Mobile on the other hand exclusively uses band 4 for LTE.

I am speaking from actually using the ICON on AT&T since it came out for Verizon. It was unlocked. MMS was not an issue. Sent back and forth pictures and text. Don't do videos so I can't speak on that part. Everything else was fine. 3G when LTE wasn't available.

mrmomoman said,

I am speaking from actually using the ICON on AT&T since it came out for Verizon. It was unlocked. MMS was not an issue. Sent back and forth pictures and text. Don't do videos so I can't speak on that part. Everything else was fine. 3G when LTE wasn't available.

Well you're lucky that AT&T runs band 4 LTE in your area. According to Nokia's site the ICON supports band 4 and 13. You need band 17 (or 12 which is a superset of 17) to connect to AT&T LTE in most of the USA.

And that's great to hear that MMS works now with Verizon WP phones on other carriers. I personally tried an HTC 8X, Lumia 822, and Lumia 928 from VZW and none of them could do MMS on AT&T or T-Mobile. No one online could get them to work.