Nokia Lumia 800 available February 14th through Microsoft?
Both Nokia and Microsoft revealed during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show that the Lumia 800 Windows Phone would become available through Microsoft retail stores early this year. No specifics were mentioned during CES but rumors have popped up on the radar showing the Lumia 800 will be available on February 14th. The price? $899.
Now before you go into sticker shock, the rumors have Microsoft offering the 800 bundled with the Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth Speaker (opens in new tab), the Nokia Purity HD headphones (opens in new tab), and a Bluetooth headset. The accessories tip the scales at about $400 so the overall price is in the ballpark and would price the Lumia at around $500ish.
No word if this is an "in store" only item or if the Lumia 800 bundle will be offered online through Microsoft. You also have the question whether or not Microsoft will be offering the Lumia 800 outside the bundle. One would hope this bundle is targeted at the Valentine's Day shopper and we'll see the Lumia 800 offered all by its lonesome shortly after the initial release..
source: Verge (opens in new tab); Thanks, darin25b, for the tip!
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Nokia's MSRP on their devices, and accessories, are a bit higher than the going market rates for similar devices. They make some affordable phones too, but their high end phones and accessories are much higher. Take a look on Amazon at some of their Symbian devices - the E7, for example, had a MSRP of $679; $679! For THAT phone?). Oh well, I think that if the bundle price is $900, that it is probably a little lower than purchasing each piece individually together.
I personally think that the Lumia 800 is going to go for around $649 unlocked, maybe higher; but I hope it's lower :)
Back to the phone anyway. I am actually speechless. I would really prefer to have the 800 over the 900 model but I'm not throwing that kind of money down.
For the person who has an 800 here in the US. How are your Internet connection speeds? Only having the 1900 frequency for 3G bothers me a little. I do not steam videos but I do stream music from Zune and Tune-In pretty often.
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Contract is more expensive - I currently pay around $20 / month for pre-paid and data ($5 per month for data, $30 per 60 days for pre-paid calls/text), but I would've had to pay a bare-minimum of $70/month (plan + phone repay) on contract. So after 24 months lock-in the contract is $1680, but I will pay only around $980 which is a $700 saving. Even if I'd paid RRP it still only comes in at $1248 overall ($432 saving).
I prefer having the flexibility to change mobile carriers if I want to... but hey, each to their own.