AT&T lowers price on Quantum and Focus

On the fence about buying an LG Quantum or Samsung Focus and just can't justify spending $199 on the new Windows Phone?  We've learned of some good news from AT&T in that they have dropped the price for both these phones down to $99. Enough to knock you off that fence?

Not sure when it happened but AT&T dropped the contractually discounted price and out-of-contract price (now $399) one hundred bucks.  The phones do require a minimum data package of $15 a month and new activation (not sure if upgrades qualify).  If you order online, AT&T will throw in free shipping to boot.

Not a shabby deal if you're in the market for a new Windows Phone.  You can find all the details over at AT&T Wireless (opens in new tab).

Thanks goes out to Eli for tipping us on this!

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • has it on sale for a penny with a new contract regularly. including right now.
  • Does this mean that updated Windows Phones will be announced at CES?
  • Is this a bad sign? Does it mean that sales are low? It seems a little early for them to be dropping the price of their flagship WP7 phone. And the quantum just came out! I'm a little worried.
  • Nothing to fear, they just have a goal of getting these phones in as many hands as possible. I've recently had android defector come over wp7, didnt pay the $199.99 at Att but they sure ordered it from amazon for a penny. Lower prices are good. Get it to the people, let the awesomeness shine.
  • They most likely are trying to get as many as they can into peoples hands. I'm one of the said "Android defectors", but not really because I still have my Rooted Evo and Rooted Nook Color. I for sure didn't think much of WP7 until I actually got one in my hands. I was so impressed with the experience that I purchased one for my mother (focus), my son (surround), and myself (focus). Technically it's no where near Android at the moment, but Android was in a similar situation on launch also. I say in a couple of years, if MS keeps adding key features, WP7 should have a large share of the market. I don't think they should have lowered the price on their flagship model, but I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I about these things made the decision. Plus if you think about CES coming up, dual core phones, and what ever else being announced, maybe it makes a little more sense they'll be trying to push these out the door asap.
  • Good on them for lowering the contract free price, too.
  • I just checked on ATT my contract is npot up until November next year. The price for me now is 399. for upgrade on focus, quantum or 16gb iphone 4. Thats a quandry as my wife wanted to upgrade to the iphone 4 from her samsung eternity so that was her Bday and Christmas present so she and our daughter (on my family plan have iphones and I have the tilt2. I think I am probably going to stand pat with the tkilt2 but I am thinking harder (pun intended) about hardSPl and going to a replacement rom like illuminati with the att bloatware stripped out Or i could get a new phone and sell the ilt2 and the pure and hopefully only be out a hundred or so. I am also waiting to see whats announced at CES and bhope that HPalm is goming out with a slate w/o phiz kb that would give me pause!
  • I can verify that if you're eligible for an upgrade on an existing contract, this price applies to you too. I logged into our account and my wife is eligible for the $99 price as the subsidized price, (I'm not eligible until Feb 11th so I'd be shelling out full retail for now). I did notice that she does get an extra $50 off of any 2-yr price, so she'd get it for $49.99 with a waived activation fee and free shipping if we sign back up for 2 more years, (we've been with AT&T/Cingular/AmeriTech for 14 years with no problems, so we'll more than likely sign back up). Not bad at all, but if you can scoop it up on Amazon for a penny, do it up. Another way to look at the price drop is to consider that if you buy a Focus, you can use the extra cash you would've spent on the phone anyway to plunk down on a 32GB microSD card (WP7 compatible, of course).
  • ...gotta move them somehow... ;)
  • Realistically, AT&T needs to boost their subscriber base before the iPhone goes to Verizon, and before Verizon gets Windows Phone devices. It makes sense that they'll cut their hardware sales margins a little closer to gain subscribers, which generally won't cancel service unless it's been absolutely horrible for them.
  • I went into an at&t store today and they told me that the $99 price is for a limited time. Only a promotion...nothing to see here