Windows Phone goes pre-paid on AT&T for just $99

Microsoft’s Windows Phone has been off to a slow start but that’s to be expected when you start over from scratch and send Windows Mobile to the big recycling bin in the sky. Despite the slow start, Windows Phone has been gaining momentum recently and a new pre-paid offering from AT&T could be the ticket to help Microsoft increase its footprint in the mobile space.

To help increase that footprint, AT&T will now be selling a pre-paid Windows Phone, the Lumia 520, for $99; that’s $99 to get a Windows Phone 8 device without a contract.

Seeing that AT&T is one of the largest cell-phone carriers in the US, having an affordable option in the pre-paid category is a big win for Microsoft. While T-Mobile has been offering the Lumia 521 for $149, the $99 option on AT&T is a huge win as AT&T provides service for many more consumers than T-Mobile.

For Nokia and Microsoft, if they can move a considerable number of these devices, it will help increase the footprint of Microsoft’s mobile platform and should help to increase the developer adoption of the OS. One of the largest complaints about Windows Phone is that the apps on the platform typically lag behind iOS and Android. By increasing the number of users of the OS, it becomes a more lucrative option for developers to target Windows Phone with the expectation that they should be able to capitalize on their efforts

Source: AllthingsD

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It's an awesome device. I got one to hold me over till i could afford a higher-tier 8.1 device next year... honestly not sure i'm going to bother upgrading until something wows me. Compleatly happy with the 500 series.

This is a good place for WP8 to go. We saw how android mopped up when it went for the lower end of the market.

This is a great way to get someone to just try Windows Phone. $99 (and sometimes $79 on sales) will be cheap enough to attract the curious android and ios user.

Pretty damn well, the TMobile variant of this device is killing it, and in all likelihood it will do the same on ATT. Comparable Droids just don't stack up in terms of usability to low end Nokia devices.

I wish it was still available I'll grab one immediately for my wife - she needs a new phone and this will be perfect. Hope they make it available again soon.

I got the lumia 521 thru t-mobile for 100 bucks. I pay 30 bucks a month for unlimited text and data and 100 hours of minutes.