Recap: This week’s Windows Phone news from T-Mobile, Sprint, and Nokia

It’s another busy week in the world of Windows Phone. If you’re just tuning in, let me bring you up to speed. 

First, T-Mobile and Sprint both provided more detail about new Windows Phone 8 models hitting their networks in the coming days.

T-Mobile announced a few moments ago that Nokia’s sleek Lumia 925, which I wrote about in May, would be available starting July 17—next Wednesday. The phone is the first Lumia model to incorporate metal into the design and also the first Windows Phone for T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, which the uncarrier also said was expanding fast.

T-Mobile plans to offer the phone for $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $20. Hit the carrier’s site for more details. And if you’re curious what reviewers have been saying about the Lumia 925, head over to the Nokia Conversations blog for a nice sampling of expert reviews. Nokia Lumia 925

Next week is also when Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8—the HTC 8XT—will go on sale, the company said this week. Starting July 19, you’ll be able to pick up the phone for $99.99 (after a $50 rebate and with a two-year contract). As I wrote when it was announced, HTC’s award-winning design team has created a great Windows Phone for shutterbugs and music lovers that’s also compatible with Sprint’s 4G LTE network. Check out my post or Sprint’s for a full rundown of the 8XT’s features.

HTC 8XT

Finally, as some of you probably know, our friends at Nokia are making final preparations for their big press event in New York City tomorrow morning. Watch for coverage here and on the Nokia Conversations Blog, which plans to live stream the event starting at 11 am Eastern. You won’t want to miss it.