Rumor: Lumia 800 to be released in US Feb. 14

In January, Microsoft announced at CES 2012 that it would start selling unlocked versions of Nokia's Lumia 800 smartphones at its Microsoft Stores at some point. Now The Verge claims, via unnamed sources, that it has more information about these plans. According to the story, the Lumia 800 will start showing up at the 15 Microsoft Store retail locations in the US on Feb. 14. This will apparently be the only official way that US residents will be able to purchase the Lumia 800.

As previously announced, the version of the Lumia 800 that will be sold in Microsoft Stores will be unlocked and not tied into one wireless carrier. What's more interesting is that, according to the story, Microsoft plans to sell the Windows Phone-based device for a whopping $899. For that price, Microsoft is throwing in a number of hardware extras, including a Nokia Play 360 wireless speaker, a Purity HD stereo headset, and an unnamed in-ear Bluetooth headset.

This will be the second phone in the Lumia series of smartphones to officially be sold in the US. T-Mobile started selling the Lumia 710 in January and AT&T is expected to begin selling the Lumia 900 smartphone sometime in mid-March.

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