T-Mobile and MetroPCS announce Lumia 635 with Windows Phone 8.1 for July with pricing

T-Mobile has finally pulled the gun on the Nokia Lumia 635, what they are calling "the successor to one of the best-selling Windows Phone devices ever (Nokia Lumia 521) on T-Mobile and MetroPCS."

The Lumia 635 has a rolling update throughout July, hitting various retail points along the way.

  • July 5 – for T-Mobile Simple Choice prepaid customers on the Home Shopping Network
  • July 9 – online at www.t-mobile.com
  • July 16 – participating T-Mobile stores nationwide
  • July 18 – select MetroPCS stores and online at www.metropcs.com

HSN will sell the Lumia 635 on its cable network July 5 at 6 am and at 2 pm ET, and again on July 6 at noon and 11 pm ET. People who don't have HSN on their cable or satellite can stream it on HSN.com.

T-Mobile customers can pick up the Nokia Lumia 635 for $0 down + $7 per month for 24 months ($168) with a postpaid Simple Choice plan. MetroPCS gets a flat-rate of $99 for prepaid, making it an affordable phone for many and a nice step up from the Lumia 521.

The Lumia 635 comes with a 4.5-inch display at 854 x 480 resolution. Inside is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and a 5 MP rear camera. It also packs 8 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB with a microSD card, though the phone's limit is the 512 MB of RAM. The Lumia 635 is similar to the Lumia 630 although the former comes with 4G LTE radios.

The Lumia 635 for T-Mobile and MetroPCS is officially the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to go sale in the U.S. More information can be found on the Conversations blog.

Anyone here looking to be a new Lumia 635 owner? Hear what others are saying about the Lumia 635 in our dedicated forums!

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.

155 Comments
  • Yep. Sorry guys. Doesn't look like you people are getting a flagship.
  • Better to get a Unicorn anyway, carrier phones are the worst idea invented by Man!
  • T-Mobile carries the Lumia 925 as a flagship. Not the newest phone, but far from terrible. They can't carry most of the best phones due to stupid exclusivity agreements.
  • I know it's easy to blame T-Mobile's lack of a recent flagship on 'exclusivity agreements' but if they really wanted one, Nokia would do what they have always done for them: Make a Lumia 810. Make a Lumia 521. Those are custom phones, branded with unique designs for T-Mobile and only T-Mobile. There's little chance T-Mobile was like "give us an awesome high end Windows Phone!" and Nokia said 'no'.
  • Agree 100% The issue I see is they are worried too much about the iPhone and Galaxy. If I open the My Account app or Tmobile email, that's all that's always In Your Face.
  • Is that why they refused to support the otherwise excellent 810?  I guess if you are a WP customer on T-Mobile you aren't a "real" customer as far as they are concerned.
  • TMobile has done this for dozens of Android devices. Its business, if a device does not sell well, they can't afford to support it forever.
  • If you don't market it or showcase is in your store, online, or in commercials, how could it be sucessful? Everyone everywhere already knows the all of he carriers are drunk on the iphone, galaxy, and HTC One series of phones. Every major carrier site you visit or call concerning upgrade eligiblity always show the iphone as what you can upgrade to immediately and every representative alway tell you about the iphone immediately.
  • Although that has been extremely annoying, the 810 works very well with WP8.1 DevPreview. The 8.1 Preview also added the notifications to Glance that were missing.
  • Agreed..I love 8.1 on my 810... And the 8 mp rear w/ flash, front facing cam, 1gb ram, amoled display... I just can't find a good reason yet to change phones.... Without spending a chink of change anyway... :-)
  • I used to find it funny when I visited the at&t upgrade page and it would offer me the option to "upgrade" my 920 to an iPhone 4s. *shakes head
  • I get those. I have a 521 and think of it as more a downgrade, lol.
  • Daniel in many cases carriers (usually the big ones) demand a time exclusive period, for a specific device  in order for them to agree and carry it, such deals also forbids rebranded variants. The manufacturer agrees and they move on into specifics, like co-advertising, store branding etc.
  • Please tell me where you seen any real advertising of windows phone besides the camera on from Verizon? The online adverts we've seen by nokia on the web here at wpcentral don't count as we already use windows phones.
  • I have always hated how TMO always seems to have custom phones.  It severely limits buying options on accessories.  I also think it prevents wider adoption. I was hoping that they were changing with the HD7, but they went back to custom phones with the 810.  My 810 has been a great phone, but I am still super pissed they dropped support for it.  The fact that the 810 will not officiall get Black, Cyan, and 8.1 is really disapointing.  With the next round of phones, I am definitely going to wait and see what gets phased out and what sticks before I buy.  No more custom phones for me.
  • My friend installed Developers Preview 8.1 on his NL 810 and everything is alright. Why don't you do the same.
  • I have the dev preview of 8.1.  I like it a lot! I will never get the official 8.1 release, nor will I get black, cyan, or bluetooth 4.  Some already do, but I'm guessing that soon all official Nokia/Microsoft apps will require updated firmware beyond amber.
  • Exactly
  • I have to agree with Daniel... I doubt they even want another high end wp before next year. God forbid they get one and it sells great...no more excuses as to why they don't have many wp offerings. There's so many high end wp to choose from. .. All they have to do is ask.
  • Well, the McLaren will change that. Simultaneous launch for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, AND it's supposedly a flagship-calibre device. (We can hope.)
  • I hope the rumors hold up to be true cause I'll definitely be switching to Android if it is a hoax. It's November or nothing for me. And with what T-Mobile is doing, I'm not switching carriers for a phone. I'd rather go unlocked(hey 1520) as the prices would be cheaper by then than join with ATT out Verizon.
  • Hopefully. I'm hoping for a 805 processor (or maybe a new Tegra K1)
  • The K1 has already been deemed a tablet chip.
  • there is very little chance Verizon will agree to carry exactly the same phone at the same time as the other two carreirs (unless it's the iPhone or Galaxy). they like to carry their own exclusives phones for a period of time (ex. the Icon, whose exclusvity ends this month, hence the 930 release). it is more likely that AT&T and Tmobile will play nice and release at the same time, but I'm not holding my breath for Verizon to join as well.
  • Thats another 4 months of waiting with only low end WP phones being released while android will keep churning out flagships and of course the new iphone will hit during that time as well. McLaren or not, its a poor strategy by Microsoft to basically go 6 months without a competitive handset.
  • The McClaren is a Nokia device that was already in design phase prior to the microsoft buyout along with the icon, 930, 630, 635, etc. The only items microsof has produced, manufactured, and delivered themselves is the surface line of devices.
  • Best way around this would be to release phones unbranded which are compatible with the T-Mobile bands; they don't really have to be officially announced for GSM carriers
  • The 1520.3 is a prime example of that. Unbranded, with US LTE bands for T-Mobile.
    US warranty though? Not so much I think...
  • Windows Phone is not quite there yet. Yes 1520 is available unlocked and unbranded, but eventhouhgt you will get fully combatibility with T-Mobile. you are missing out major services such as Internet Calling and in some cases Tethering.
  • Unbranded yes but also not feasible for people who buy their phones in their contract. Not everyone has 600+ to fork out on a phone.
  • In contracts you probably pay more over 2 years anyway, might as well toss it on a credit card and finance it yourself for less... that's like the T-Mobile uncarrier approach; but true, not for everyone
  • yeah, but not in a lumpsum at time of purchase which makes the device affordable for those who don't have big buck to dish out.
  • Blu and yezz will be doing that very soon through amazon Hopefully they work with T-Mobile
  • I mean, is the 1520 an exclusive? Daniel.
  • Exactly why I got a note 3. I need a 6 inch screen on T-Mobile with the T-Mobile WiFi app. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Fuuck T-Mobile for not getting something like the 930/icon. I want flagship Windows phone on TMOBILE dawn it
  • Have a friend who needs this; anyone seen it on display yet
  • Nice!
  • Xbox music has taken a huge dive on t-mobile's streaming site: http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html Something smells fishy...
  • Oh wow. Far be it from me to trot out conspiracy theories, but this is suspicious. How is it XBox music was leading (or close second to Google) and now it's like third to last?
  • How is a voting page with no clearly defined date range anything more than a marketing stunt anyway?  If T-Mobile were serious about being inclusive they could have just raised their throttled speed to something that would have allowed music streaming and made everyone happy.  Instead they would rather this dog and pony show.  I guess I can't blame them as it seems to work, people are falling all over themselves falling for it.
  • Daniel, when you guys make the Universal app for WPCentral, do you think you'll have news article live tile syncing, so that if I read it on the tablet it won't show up as a new article on my phone?
  • I'd like that too. Will see what we can do.
  • Better yet, make that a selectable option. For those who have more than one person in a household.
  • With multiple people, don't you have multiple accounts?
  • +1520
  • Wow. Guess a LG G3 until McFarlane. );
  • McLaren. McFarlane is the last name of the creator of Family Guy.
  • LOL, your both wrong. It's Mclaren. :)
  • It's you're. LOL.
  • Blame swipe, lol.
  • Where do you see that? I just did a quick search on both Bing and Google, and it's spelled with a capital "L" Furthermore, even if you look at articles referenced here in WPCentral, they all have it as 'McLaren', not 'Mclaren'
  • Hmm. I responded with Mclaren using swipe. Capital L or no its the same. My response was my own fault as I had a blind moment apparently and thought you'd spelled it wrong like the op.
  • Autocorrect O.o
  • I love how T-Mobile is moving away from branded phones (at least externally) all the latest T-Mobile smartphones including the Galaxy S5, LG G3, Lumia 635 does not include a T-Mobile logo printed on the hardware. Huge thumbs up.
  • I don't remember Tmobile ever being bad about branding phones. My old Nokia... From 2008 didn't have branding as well. Do agree, love not having dam Carrier logos all over the phones.
  • My 925 has a big branding on the front.  I asked them to unlock it, they said it wasn't a t-mobile phone.  I sent them a picture asking if the logo was just for decoration and got unlock code shortly after. 
  • Yeah, my old BB pearl had a big ass t-mo logo on it, it just looked hideous. The less carrier branding, the better
  • I agree. Verizon ruins the phone with signage, and att does similar stuff, although it seems like att has opted for less signage since the 920. I only want a Nokia or Microsoft Mobile symbol/text on my WP.
  • Update: T-Mobiles pre-order page for G3 now displays the device with the T-Mobile Logo on the back. Thumbs down....   http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/lg-g3.html
  • it's more like 4gb usable. forget installing alot of apps...only if u install apps on sd card.
  • thats actually a nice perk =/ I would gladly give up half of my 925's internal memory for a microsd slot.
  • No one has courage to say F*you to carriers except Apple. I thought Google by now would have done this but they are cleaver. They have cheapish version of unlocked phone with bands supporting most carriers. Microsoft needs something like that Google has Nexus.. maybe Microsoft Surface Phone would be good?? Lumia still would be their regular line of products thats carrier specific (if they churn out the devices in time). I'm still perplexed that we have no new device rollout (AT&T).
  • The 920 adopters will have no successor to replace their aging contracts that will expire soon...unless McLaren saves the day
  • Mediocre phone for a mediocre carrier. It's a good fit.
  • I'm pretty damn happy with tmobile. I get LTE almost everywhere in the northern VA region and I even get better speeds at work than my Verizon coworkers. And now that music streaming is free, I'll pretty much never reach my 1GB throttle limit. If I really want a high end phone, ill use the money I save on service to buy an unlocked 1520. And guess what, ill still have savings left over.
  • Yeah that's cool if you never leave your area. But I like to travel a lot and like to have good service where ever I go. T Mobile was non existent in the area of Lovingston/Shipman VA. It was great where I live at in Jersey.
  • T-Mobile is definitely not a mediocre company. We may have a mediocre WP selection but we have ever other high end phone available and T-Mobile is changing the way mobile is done. Try asking your carrier to allow you to listen to music on a variety of services without it counting against your data.
  • After more than 7 years as a T-Mobile customer I have plenty of first hand experience at just how mediocre a company T-Mobile can be.  And I would actually rather not support abandoning net neutrality tenants even if it might benefit me in the short term. and who is this "we" when you refer to "them"?  Do you work for them or are some T-Mobile customers just developing a special kind of Stockholm syndrome?
  • Funny you mention Stockholm syndrome, because that is exactly what YOU and many other AT&T users suffer from. Go away, troll. Why do you have this compelling need to constantly come into T-Mobile related articles and threads and shit all over them, even when they're about something positive. A life - get one and you'll be so much happier!
  • You must not know what it is. Else why would you claim others have it while at the same time exhibiting the symptoms so wonderfully in your post? You're just too funny.
  • Hey Ordeith thank you for your wonderful comments and have a nice day.
  • the 520/521 was one of the biggest reasons why wp8 got some traction in the states
  • If I buy it off of MetroPCS will I be able to use the phone on TMO with no issues?
  • I second this question. If true, then ill get one right away to replace my wife's 521.
  • Yes, you can. You will just need to have it unlocked from Metro's network.
  • Nope locked to Metro. Can't use with T-mobile sim unless unlocked. Expect sales by christmas though for better prices. 
  • T-Mobile please pick up a high end Windows Phone. This phone is great and all and a heck of a price but some of us want something a little better.
  • 1520.3 is unlocked and will work fine on T-Mobile. You can buy it from Newegg.
  • True that...but some of us can't work with a phone that big.
  • And for only $600 plus dollars I'm assuming. That's not cheap.
  • You want a flagship that is cheap.  Nice joke :)    Unlocked phones usually carry a price increase cause they can be used anywhere even if they are stripped of features like LTE (Samsung does this all the time). 
  • Tempting.... Thanks.
  • Wait till November, they're suppose to release a flagship on t-mobile, Verizon and att simultaneously
  • I guess that is what I will be doing. Not really in a rush to pick one up yet. Just wanting to compare options.
  • Tweet John Legere @JohnLegere
  • This should have 1gb ram if only to make Xbox music run a little better
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  • $168 is pretty steep. Will the Metro version run on T-mobile's system?