AT&T Wireless has announced the pricing and availability for the Windows Phone 8 handsets that it will sell starting this month. And as with previous-generation devices, new Nokia Lumia handsets will be bargain priced to attract consumers to the struggling company’s products.
“Our Windows Phone portfolio features the best designs for the fantastic experience of Windows Phone 8," said AT&T Senior VP Jeff Bradley. "Combine that with very exciting prices, and our customers have lots of good reasons to choose Windows Phone this holiday season."
Microsoft previously announced the carrier availability and pricing for all handsets heading to the United States at the Windows Phone 8 launch last week in San Francisco. Well, except for AT&T: For some reason, Microsoft’s premier carrier partner declined to let the software giant reveal when Windows Phone 8 handsets would appear on its network, or how much they would cost.
Now we know.
AT&T will allow customers to begin preordering three new Windows Phone 8 handsets tomorrow, on November 7. These include the HTC Windows Phone 8X (in two storage configurations), the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Nokia Lumia 820. The HTC will be available “before Thanksgiving,” AT&T says, and the Lumia devices will become available November 9.
Pricing is all over the map. The HTC 8X will cost $199.99 for a model with 16GB of non-expandable storage, and a cut-rate 8GB version will cost $99.99. AT&T will offer the devices in California blue and Limelight yellow, the latter of which is an AT&T exclusive and will be offered only on the 8GB version.
The flagship Lumia 920 will sell for just $99.99 and comes in black, white, red, yellow, and cyan versions. It features 32GB of non-expandable storage. Meanwhile, the Lumia 820 will cost just $49.99. This phone comes only in black but supports color shells, including versions with wireless charging capabilities.
AT&T will also begin selling two Windows tablets in the coming weeks.
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC features an 11.6" screen, 64GB of storage, and a 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor. It runs Windows 8 and will cost $799.99 when it hits stores on November 9. The ASUS VivoTab RT has a 10.1" display and runs Windows RT, but AT&T hasn’t released pricing or availability yet.
Meanwhile, users of other carriers in the United States have a lot to look forward to, as well. Verizon customers are getting three Windows Phone 8 handsets: the HTC 8X, the Lumia 822 (basically a rebranded 820), and, in December, a Samsung ATIV Odyssey. And T-Mobile users will get the HTC 8X and Lumia 810 (another 820 rebrand). Aside from the Odyssey, all these devices are shipping in mid-November.