T-Mobile US to launch the Microsoft Lumia 640 on June 17

T-Mobile (US) is gearing up to launch the Microsoft Lumia 640 finally for Wednesday, June 17. The information comes from two sources, including a representative of the company and a more conclusive internal document listing the launch date.

The bad news here is it looks like T-Mobile retails stores will not be stocking the phones on their shelves. Instead, the Lumia 640 is listed as a 'Ship to (direct fulfillment)' system. That means T-Mobile will order it for you online or via telesales, and then either ship it directly to you or your local store. Third-party retailers, however, like Best Buy or Walmart, may have them in their outlets.

For those in the United States getting their hands on the well-reviewed Lumia 640 or Lumia 640 XL has been a very long wait. Both devices were announced at Mobile World Congress back in early March, but since then the US rollout has been slow. So far, only Cricket is offering one of the devices – the Lumia 640 – for those in the States.

T-Mobile's "coming soon" banner for the Lumia 640 has been on their website for what seems like ages. Supposed release dates have positioned the device as late as July. Conversely, that date later proved to be false. Device placeholders were also spotted at Walmart, and even Microsoft spilled the supposed price.

Potential delays of the Lumia 640 in T-Mobile likely include network testing and their coveted Wi-Fi calling feature, which has been known to slow down or even delay releases.

The Lumia 640 launches with Update 2 and will likely have the most recent OS update. Version 15148 enables HD Voice (VoLTE) and native Wi-Fi calling for the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, and it came out last week.

Lumia 640 Specifications

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
  • Windows 10 Ready
  • Colors: Glossy cyan, orange and white, as well as matte black 
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor 
  • 5" HD (1280x720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements 
  • 1GB RAM 
  • 8 GB internal mass memory + up to 128 GB Micro SD & 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage 
  • Rear camera: 8 MP AF (3280x2464), f/2.2, 28 mm, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), Flash: LED, Lumia Camera 5.0 (with Dynamic Flash, HDR) 
  • Front camera: HD 1 MP wide angle, f/2.4, 720p video 
  • Connectivity: BT 4.0, microUSB2.0, Micro SIM, A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA, Screen cloning with Miracast, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ 
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor 
  • Battery: 2500 mAh (BV-T5C) removable battery 
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Size: 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85 mm

No word on pricing for the T-Mobile Lumia 640, however, the Microsoft Store once listed the price as just $89 off-contract. The Microsoft Store has since pulled that listing and customer representatives have told customers they may not be stocking the device any longer.

AT&T is also supposed to pick up the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. No launch dates have yet been revealed for either phone.

Thanks, Tyler, anonymous, and Coreuy B

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

162 Comments
  • Unfortunately, having it online-only isn't going to do them any favors for sales.
  • Agreed...
    Although they might have a store demo for customers to see... Better be a working demo.. Nevertheless, this gives consumers yet another reason to change their minds, and get an Android device, especially when they can walk out with that Android device the same day... SMDH.
    ............
    So, it seems as though, even under MS's control, Marketing is still an issue... In this case still an issue marketing devices at the retail level.
    ... Not really sure how much control MS has with these kinda decisions m, but I would think they would have some amount of pull here.. The same old story here in the US.... We have a great WP device that's marketed horribly... Consumers either don't have access to it, store associate's turn consumers away, or nobody is really familiar, or even aware of Lumia devices because of poor marketing..... When will it end❓ And, how is W10 going to fix that❓
  • Definitely. Things have gotten a lot better (at least T-Mobile didn't get a Lumia 641 lol), but they still have a lot of work to do.
  • The scary thing is thinking about new high end devices later this year...
    Ideally, they should make their way onto at least 6 US carriers within a relatively short period of time, after the devices are unveiled....
    ..........
    It's just hard to believe that it's not going to be the same on WP7.5 treatment for these devices... Limited carrier availability, and limited exposure to consumers.... So, if we know that future devices are destined to not help increase MS, then surely MS can foresee the same thing... So, if nobody is expecting, or planning, anything to change, then what exactly is the point❓ Isn't this the definition of insanity❓
  • You would think that Microsoft would use their network of physical and online stores to sell these devices and advertise them themselves but that would only happen in the twilight zone version of planet Earth..... /s   It IS insanity, especially when you consider that the same people who have watched WP fail over the years are the same ones in charge now....
  • Exactly.
  • I'm concerned that it IS a variation of the stock 640.  Check our this case on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/DuroCase-Microsoft-T-Mobile-Version-Released/dp/B00X7KHYL8/ It clearly says it will not fit the MetroPCS 640.  I wonder what's different about the TMO version.  I HATE that they customize their Windows Phone hardware.  It severely limits availability of 3rd party accessories.  I hope this is wrong, and that all 640s are the same.
  • I mean, I wouldn't worry about version designation too much.. Even GS6's have their own specific carrier designations.. That's normal..
    .......
    Besides, it doesn't matter what features the devices do, or don't, have if nobody knows, or caress, about them, and especially if store associates have zero incentive to recommended them...
  • Illogical on the surface, but buried in the specs is that phone thickness varies with color!  But how they would know that it won't fit the Metro version, being a TM company, is really weird.
  • One might think that could be kind of the point. WP isn't selling well and TMO certainly hasn't treated WP well in the past (Lumia 810 anyone?!). So not placing it in stores only shows how disinterested they are. Perhaps Microsoft offered them a nice deal to offer it, so they figured "why not" - but they probably think they have no reason to advertise it. US carriers are doing what they can to kill non-iPhone non-Androids, or so it seems.
  • Perhaps so.... You could have a good point, because it just doesn't make any sense to keep doing the same thing over, and over, year, after year, if it isn't yielding desirable results...
    ..........
    It would probably make a little sense to us supporters if we even ever heard MS address the issue about Lumia adoption in the US... Not saying that it's MS's concern to give us very small percentage of fans hope, but, as of now it would be smart to engage us with some kinda plan for things to change because we're all that MS has....
    .......
    And, if MS thinks that people are gonna magically dump their iDroid devices overnight for Lumia's running W10, they can forget it.. There has to be a marketing campaign of epic proportions, the world has yet to see from a product, that is relentless, and turns Lumia into a household name.. That still might only gain MS 2-3% more market share, so anything less is pointless... This is no joke. MS has to do something huge with W10, marketing wise... I just don't think you guys understand how huge it needs to be... I'm taking Billions, and Billions, a year marketing worldwide.... This is really their last chance at mobile relevance in this decade... Next decade they might not have another chance... But, who knows...
  • I'm guessing the vast percentage of prepaid is sold in stores like Walmart, Best Buy and Target.  Hopefully TMobile will have a display at least and carry a higher end Windows 10 mobile device later this year in store.
  • Hopefully.
  • I have had a UK 640 since launch, if you're thinking about getting one then do it. It's a fantastic phone.
  • Totally agree. Bought a orange Lumia 640 on April 16. here in Norway. Just totally love this phone. And I also of course use my 1020, but I'm really impressed with the 640. Using it as my daily driver. Almost everything is better than on my 1020, except for the camera. But it takes some really impressive pictures. Look up #Lumia640 on instagram.
  • One again marketing flops..
  • US is such a weird country for Windows phones...
  • It sure is...
  • Because we are all iPhone and Android zombies
  • As is Canada. The Microsoft Canada store sells the 635 and the 640XL, but no 640?? It almost seems that they want their marketing attempt to fail. 
  • On the second picture it says 5 mp rear facing camera ...
  • Like all things that don't make sense, chalk that up to a typo on their part. Clearly the mixed up the rear and FF camera.
  • Maybe, but it has a 0.9 mp FF camera :P
  • Daniel, what does "Grab & Go" mean?
  • Prepaid or pay-as-you-go
  • Thanks.  The picture is cut off.  I'm wondering what the "Sales" hyperlink was referencing.  Do you know?
  • I was too!   You could easily add: "available on the Sales (floor) space on 6/8"
  • 5 MP rear facing camera? Not being in stores will hurt it, just like the M8.
  • It's 8MP
  • No, he means that the WP M8 variant didn't show up in TMobile's stores. Not only that, but none of the TMo stores I visited had even the slightest indication the phone was available. Not too surprisingly, the phone disappeared from their online store soon after. Oh, but if you want an aging 5xx series, yeah you'll see that on the wall. Really, TMo, why do you bother anymore?
  • There's no mention of it on support.t-mobile.com either.
  • The m8 has sold even worse than most high end windows phones. It is no wonder they didn't carry it.
  • Do you just looking for comments about the M8 that you can troll? (Here's where you hide behind your standard response that you're 'just saying your opinion'.)   T-Mobile offered it as a limited edition, so yeah, T-Mobile artifically limited how many they sold.  You're a genius!
  • MS can't even launch two phones while Samsung launches two phones+ a week, on average... They need some help.
  • Haha, seems like it eh?
  • No, fact. https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Flink... 192 cell phones out right now, in the us. Yeah some are tweaks, but MS has trouble with less than 30 worldwide and what 4 or five in the us right now...
  • O don't understand why Microsoft just can't sell them unlocked on their own. Maybe like BLu does it.
  • What's the motivation to do so?  You can buy unlocked 640's right now on eBay and Amazon, too, but they won't have Wifi Calling.
  • the Lumia 535, Lumia 635 and Lumia 830 are all available unlocked from the Microsoft Store http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/categoryID.69406400
  • Yeah but I'm talking about mostly about the 640. Expansys is selling it unlocked already why can't Microsof? .same can go for the other Lumias not available in the U.S.
  • The online only thing is kind of dumb honestly, but I'm glad that there's finally a date! At least the date is next week. I  wonder what these "the source" things are though, and I also wonder if amazon will stock it around that date as well with the T-mo variant.
  • Seriously, online only? Why, this is killing windows phone.
  • That's not all.
  • Finally! I literally screamed this when I saw the article. I have been checking the web everyday for this. 
  • same here. Been scouring the internet in hopes of finding some news about the release of this phone
  • I want to upgrade my Lumia 635 to Lumia 640 T-Mobile. But i am on prepaid plan and they said only postpaid users are eligible for upgrades!
  • You simply buy one and insert your own SIM card.
  • Think of all the money you've saved by not paying taxes and fees on a postpaid account.  Now, take said savings and go spend a $100.  Sheesh.  How do you think those upgrades are paid for, anyway?
  • Did I read that correctly? MS will not stock the phone? How bizarre! And as for online purchase inly, us that usual? Sounds like a definite sale stopper. MS needs to build Cityman and Talkman to include functionality to use all networks (is that what Apple do), and launch on every carrier possible!
  • It say Tmob will not stock it in stores. However Microsoft stores as well as Walmart Best Buy and probably Target will
  • T-Mobile probably can't get the phone to their stores because Microsoft has to fullfill hard stock at WalMart first. (I'm kidding)  
  • Yes, Finally!! I am disappointed though that I can't get the device at a T-Mobile store. I was thinking...Day Off... I will be there Wednesday Morning. Will be still persuing this online though, can wait another week or two.
  • Why does it say 5mp rear camera???
  • I wonder if walmart will sell it before that date?
  • So they aren't releasing it by spring then....  
  • The first day of Summer is June 21st; So yes, they are, but only barely. 
  • Microsoft ... Start your own carrier already. I'd drop AT&T like a hot potato on day one. If you want something done right, you just gotta do it yourself.
  • Tmo is up for sale. They should buy them.
  • Why, so they can do for Tmo what they did for Nokia? No thanks.
  • They've been saying tmo needs money to face off against Verizon and AT&T in order to buy spectrum. And what's wrong with what they did with Nokia. The devices they're putting out (albeit a bit late for the 640/xl) seem vastly superior to their older Nokia counterparts. Even the L535 blows the 635 out of the water and they were released months apart. The 830 is a joke at the price they're asking (the 640xl is better at almost half the price). I can see them actually having a real outlet to sell and market their devices and even be able to preload their apps on all devices as carrier apps. It would be a win-win