Cricket Wireless announced today that it will price the Lumia 640 at $129.99 when it goes on sale this Friday, May 15. While we first caught wind that the device was coming to the carrier yesterday, this is the first official mention of how much the device will set prospective buyers back.
To run down the spec list again, for the $129.99 price tag, users will nab a 5-inch 720p device with a1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1MP front-facing shooter. Additionally, Cricket notes that the device will also come with one free year of Skype calling and Office 365 Personal, and up to 30GB of OneDrive storage for those who purchase the device between May 15 and June 30.
Though we've seen mentions of a T-Mobile variant on the Microsoft store, Cricket Wireless' Lumia 640 marks the first official rollout of the device on a U.S. carrier.
Cricket Wireless Is First to Deliver Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE to U.S. Market
WHO: Cricket Wireless and Microsoft make balancing your work life and personal life a whole lot easier with the Lumia 640, featuring 4G LTE technology. Cricket will be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer consumers the powerful smartphone with free services like Office 365 Personal and Skype calling, provided by Microsoft – available to consumers who purchase from Cricket between May 15 and June 30.
WHAT: The Lumia 640 provides value at an affordable price – making it a great gift idea for Dads, Grads or small business entrepreneurs. This fully-loaded smartphone is designed with features that help you: Stay connected: Free year of Skype calling with 60 minutes per month, and up to 30GB of OneDrive storage – giving you instant access to your photos, music and files, wherever you are – available to consumers who purchase from Cricket between April 15 and June 30. Get entertained: 8 MP rear camera with flash and advanced features for pictures and HD video recording, wide-angle front camera for video chat and selfies. Be productive: Free year of Office 365 Personal subscription including the latest full desktop version of Microsoft Office so you can access and edit files from wherever you are.
WHERE & WHEN: The Lumia 640 is available Friday, May 15 at participating Cricket Wireless stores and online for $129.99.
WHY: With Cricket's built-in international calling features, generous high-speed data access allotments, and affordable service plans with Auto Pay credit, the Lumia 640 is a great idea or business tool.
ADDITIONAL CONTEXT: "Savvy consumers want value, affordability and simplicity – in addition to all the bells and whistles – and that's what Cricket delivers," said Andy Smoak, head of devices for Cricket Wireless. "From day one, our mission has been to redefine what people expect from a no-contract carrier and we're delivering. We were first to offer unlimited U.S. long distance . . . first to give unlimited text and picture messaging . . . first to provide unlimited music . . . and now we're first to bring the Microsoft Lumia 640 to the U.S."