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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.
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.
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.
I know this post is a little dated, but I must express how disappointed I am in Nokia and T-Mobile's US launch of the 925. I'm not sure who to blame more. The T-Mobile website doesn't even mention WP anywhere on the home page, except in the footer sitemap. No attempt to market the phone at all. And then to just offer the white 16 GB version? Seems strange to me...did the 1020 exclusive launch on AT&T tick T-Mobile off? Also, how lucrative are these exclusive contracts? It's such a bizarre circumstance with these wireless carriers.
Anyways, I'd still like to purchase the black 32 GB version that UK Vodafone customers have been enjoying. Anyone know if it's feasible to wait it out, or should I move on? Much thanks for any info. -T.
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OK, hopped over to TMobile's site and they still believe the only WP they sell is the 521, and it's out of stock. It'll be interesting to see if they have a buy-it-now price of $529.99, and plenty in stock next Wednesday.
@Zartan: Thanks for calling attention to that--more good news!
US Cellular also began selling the Samsung Ativ Odyssey.