Nokia 'Monarch' identified as T-Mobile's Lumia 635

Earlier this month, Nokia unveiled its first handsets designed for Windows Phone 8.1. Alongside the new flagship Lumia 930, a trio of more affordable devices was also unveiled.

The Lumia 630 comes in two flavours – single-SIM and dual-SIM variants – and offers 3G connectivity, but for those wanting to live life in the fast lane, the Lumia 635 includes 4G LTE support.

Nokia already revealed that the 635 would make its way to T-Mobile US; ever-reliable leaker @evleaks has now joined some dots for us by revealing that the specific T-Mo variant of the device is the 'Monarch' - a Nokia device codename that has been floating around for several weeks. It remains unclear, however, whether the carrier has made any significant changes to the device’s spec sheet. 

Nokia announced that the Lumia 635 will be priced at around $189 (off-contract and before taxes and subsidies) when sales begin next month. It will likely be a few more weeks before T-Mobile announces exact pricing details for the device on its network. The handset will also be sold on AT&T and Boost in the US. 

While T-Mobile has sold a range of Windows Phones over the years, its support of those devices has been mixed. The carrier’s exclusive mid-range Lumia 810 is no longer on sale and no longer supported, despite being just 18 months old, meaning that owners of the handset will not get the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 updateSimilarly, T-Mobile refused to update the Lumia 710 to Windows Phone 7.8 last year, leaving users stuck on version 7.5. 

Source: @evleaks via MyNokiaBlog | image via Nokia

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I'll take the yearly flagship and lower prices. ;) Heck, I can use the thousands of dollars I'm saving on TMo over AT&T and go and buy me a TMo compatible flagship from elsewhere.

Wyn6 said,
I'll take the yearly flagship and lower prices. ;) Heck, I can use the thousands of dollars I'm saving on TMo over AT&T and go and buy me a TMo compatible flagship from elsewhere.

Exactly. Paying higher fees to get phone updates when everyone is changing phones like every year or two makes absolutely no sense.

While T-Mobile has sold a range of Windows Phones over the years, its support of those devices has been mixed. The carrier's exclusive mid-range Lumia 810 is no longer on sale and no longer supported, despite being just 18 months old, meaning that owners of the handset will not get the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. Similarly, T-Mobile refused to update the Lumia 710 to Windows Phone 7.8 last year, leaving users stuck on version 7.5.

All the more reason to stick with AT&T.


Fuuuu...

Figure 8 Dash said,
Fuuuu...

Uh-huh. My wife got burned by her old Android that way, then she got the 710 just to get burned again with lack up updates from TMo, put a custom 7.8 ROM on it instead.. wasn't terribly impressed with the lifespan of the support.

Android support is terrible unless you buy from the higher end usually.

Especially samsung, if you don't get Galaxy S or Galaxy Note lines don't expect updates.