T-Mobile now selling the Nokia Lumia 925 in the US

While it's safe to say that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has received the most media attention in the past week or so, there is another new Nokia Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone 8 that is making its debut in the US today. T-Mobile is now selling the Nokia Lumia 925 in its stores as well as on its web site.

As promised, you can purchase the Lumia 925 from T-Mobile for $49.99 down and $20 a month for the next 24 months under the wireless carrier's different take at a two year contract plan. If you cancel your plan before the two year period ends, you have to pay off what is still owed on the phone itself.

T-Mobile has the exclusive in the US for the Nokia Lumia 925, which has already been released in parts of Europe. We have already given our thumbs up to the smartphone in our recent review. The phone is based on the Lumia 920 but with a thinner and lighter case that also has an aluminum rim. T-Mobile is selling the 16 GB version of the Lumia 925, which also has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 4.5 inch HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x768.

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99$ 920 at AT&T
99$ 928 at Verizon
$49.99 down and $20 a month for the next 24 months ($530) for the 925 at T-Mobile

I know that your bill on Verizon is independent of your phone. No matter what phone you have your bill is the same.

3 lines from T-Mobile ($50 + $30 + $10) = $90
+ $10 x 3 for data = $120
+ $20 x 3 for phone = $180
http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans

That's a little more expensive than my Verizon bill for 3 lines.

I've always heard T-Mobile was cheaper, but how does this break down to being a significantly cheaper deal (unless you get a really cheap phone)?

I think the biggest appeal of T-Mobile is that if I want to end my contract I can simply pay off the remaining balance on the phone's retail cost and I'm clean.

Verizon is a better deal than that, depending on when you end your contract.

If your contract term results from your purchase of an advanced device, your early termination fee will be $350 minus $10 for each full month of your contract term that you complete.

http://www.verizonwireless.com.../support/customer-agreement

So, say you quit after one year, the early termination fee would be $230. If you only paid $99 for the phone, that's actually a better deal than paying off the phone entirely.

If you quit after only 6 months, you basically get the phone for $290 + $99, which is even cheaper since you get the phone for less than $400.

I still don't see the advantage.

You must also remember. Tmo gives you unlimited everything, minutes, texts and data. Only way you get that with VZ is with a grandfathered plan. T-Mobile is also no contract AND if you pay off your phone(s), your bill drops.

Many people on Verizon with three lines are paying over $250. Whereas, you may have a grandfathered plan where you're paying a bit less.

Your upfront cost with comparable phone on Verizon is $99 + Tax (+ Activation for new customers).

For most customers, cost-wise, T-Mobile will be the better deal.

Upfront cost with T-Mobile is $49.99 + tax on the overall device.

Wyn6 said,
You must also remember. Tmo gives you unlimited everything, minutes, texts and data.

That isn't entirely true. Yes you will not be charged overage for data, but after 500MB you will be throttled to Edge speeds. You have to pay $10 per line to get that raised to 2.5GB, which thomastmc included in his breakdown. It works out better for me since I stagger when I get new phones so I'm not usually paying for more than a line at a time on my bill.

Got mine today... silky smooth and great feel in the hand.
only small complaint is the location of the camera, my hand sometimes hits it when I hold the phone. wish it were a bit higher.

wookietv said,
Got mine today... silky smooth and great feel in the hand.
only small complaint is the location of the camera, my hand sometimes hits it when I hold the phone. wish it were a bit higher.

I also didn't like the position of the camera, the 928's camera is higher up and seems to stay out of the way better.

When I was testing out the 925, I had access to a case that put enough distance from the lens that I stopped touching it. Now that it is released, you can find fitted gel 925 cases, I suggest one for a extra protection, and helping keep your fingers from hitting the lens. There are also lens 'rings' you can get (mainly made for HTC devices, but work), and they put a small bump around the lens so your finger is less likely to touch it if you want to remain case free.

Enjoy the phone, it really is well designed. Take lots of pictures, even when you think it is too dark, the phone will impress you.

wookietv said,
Got mine today... silky smooth and great feel in the hand.
only small complaint is the location of the camera, my hand sometimes hits it when I hold the phone. wish it were a bit higher.

comment on the weight?

it feels great in the hand, not heavy or too light... i'm actually exchanging it today though, i'm having an issue with the headphone jack already playing out of one side only.

Was going to switch over to T-Mobile but sadly they want a bit too much from me. $239 for the phone and $75 for the line for a down payment. The no credit-check option would require me to buy the phone completely first.

$239? I payed $83 up front, that is $50 for the phone and $33 tax. the $33 tax is a percentage of the full price of the phone which is $549.

Grinch said,
Was going to switch over to T-Mobile but sadly they want a bit too much from me. $239 for the phone and $75 for the line for a down payment. The no credit-check option would require me to buy the phone completely first.

So you're mad at Tmobile that you have bad credit. Makes total sense.

That means you either have no credit or not good enough credit. IF your bills are paid on time you will receive the 75.00 back.

daveyjones said,

So you're mad at Tmobile that you have bad credit. Makes total sense.


Who said I was mad? Don't make claims that are not valid.

Deihmos said,
That means you either have no credit or not good enough credit. IF your bills are paid on time you will receive the 75.00 back.
I have a thin file, been trying to get an actual score but so far nothing has populated for a credit report. I know I'll get the $75 back, I just don't want to drop so much at once.

If it's any help to you, I manage a T-Mobile and I have a way of lowering your deposit to $50. Saves you $25 anyway. If you want to PM me, we can discuss it if you're interested.

daveyjones said,

So you're mad at Tmobile that you have bad credit. Makes total sense.

So you never met this person and yet you assume that they have bad credit vs no credit. Makes perfect sense.

Picked up one this morning. Great Device. Very smooth and efficient, also comes with the GDR2 update, which gives it more features than previous lumias, of course some of the older lumias will get the update too.