Where to buy a Windows phone in 2022
If you need a new phone and you don't want anything but a Windows phone, there are still easy ways to get one.
The future for Microsoft-powered smartphones is bleak. But nevertheless, the platform is still supported and will be for some time. The harder part is buying a new phone, since no one is making them anymore, and stocks aren't exactly high.
But if you know where to look you'll still be able to find one.
If you can buy something there's always a strong chance you'll find it on Amazon. Prices are pretty random, but there are a lot of resellers on Amazon, selling new, refurbished and used items, and it seems like there are plenty of choices.
Newer phones like the Alcatel Idol 4S (opens in new tab) can be had for $170, as can a Lumia 950 (opens in new tab) in various states of new, used and refurbished for differing prices.
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As with Amazon, if there's something you want to buy there's a solid chance you'll find it on eBay. Gone are the days of buying only used products, since many merchants use the platform now as a storefront for new and refurbished hardware.
The great thing with eBay is that if there's a particular phone you want, you'll probably find it.
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Whether you're buying or selling, Swappa is a great place to go. There is a set list of conditions that a device must meet before it can be sold, which also gives the buyer more confidence. If the device doesn't meet expectations, PayPal's protection should handle it. Sales go through PayPal so you've got some good options if you're not happy.
And, again, the choice will be pretty varied, though the chances of landing brand new hardware are less.
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This is not necessarily the first place we'd recommend you go looking for a new phone, but Craigslist remains a popular enough way to buy and sell items. You're more limited in a sense, because you'll have to actually go and get the item from the seller, so unless you're really keen you'll be keeping to your local area.
And it's always a good idea to meet in a public place to close the sale, with people around, preferably.
Windows Central Marketplace
The Windows Central community is full of avid Microsoft users, meaning there are often devices for sale and for trade. Go check it out!
Check out the Windows Central marketplace
If you've got a hidden gem we didn't mention that can help folks find a Windows phone in 2018 be sure to drop it into the comments below!
Updated August 23, 2018: As Microsoft no longer sells Windows phones we've removed it from the list.
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Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine
The phone works great for me, I love everything about it:
2) Customizing options (That Bing lockscreen is awesome)
3) Notifications, elegent and simple (Idealy I would have liked to also have an LED) 4) Great Camera for videos and stills
5) Integration with my band 2
6) Durability - I dropped it few times, no cracks, no dents and scracthes... I know it's not an aluminun phone with curved screen, but I'll take that over dents and cracks
7) SD card
8) Headphone Jack
9) FM Radio
10) Great 3rd party apps that receive timely updates such as sound hound (to replace Cortana's ability to identify songs) Zonos, Home Remote, N10, Poki
11) Great games like Chess, subway surfers, SBK16, Metro 2033, Iron blade, Dawn of steel, shadow fight and many more
12) Great 1st party apps like Whatsapp, Edge, Roku etc
13) Great call quality
14) Consistantly great performance
15) Decent Battery
16) Good maps app
and the list goes on. I've been using Android and Blackberry before and I can honsestly say this is the best OS and hardware for me.
I'm in no rush to become a part of the iDroid herd, I'm happy where I am and I'll see what the future brings.
I have a Note 8 now, which is really great, but it doesn't make me happy like the Lumia 735 did back in 2015!
Where do they go?