Finally: Nokia Lumia 920 U.S. pricing, availability date revealed

Finally: Nokia Lumia 920 U.S. pricing, availability date revealed

Summary: The Lumia 920, Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, which is an AT&T exclusive here in the U.S., is coming later this month for $99.99.

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From the "what took them so long" department, AT&T has finally released availability and pricing information for the Nokia Lumia Windows 8 phones coming this fall.

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Starting November 9, the Nokia Lumia 920 -- the high-end flagship Nokia phone -- will be available for $99.99 on contract. The Lumia 820 also will be available for $49.99. Both models will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, November 7. (Thanks to The Verge for the heads up on AT&T's press release.)

AT&T also announced it will have the Windows Phone HTC 8X with 16 GB of memory for $199.99 "before Thanksgiving." The 8 GB model, which will be available in "California Blue" (more like purple) and "Limelight" (yellow) for $99.99. AT&T's press release notes that AT&T will be the "only carrier to offer this device in Limelight."

Last week, Microsoft announced availability and pricing information for other coming Windows Phone 8 devices during the Windows Phone 8 launch in San Francisco. Here's a recap of what Microsoft officials said last week:

In Europe, all of the flagships phones were supposed to be available starting this past weekend and through November.

In the U.S., Verizon will be getting the HTC 8X and the Lumia 822 (the Lumia 820 equivalent, not the 920 equivalent) as of Thanksgiving. The 8X will cost $199 for a 16 GB model for those on contract. The Lumia 822 will be $49 on contract.

Verizon also has an exclusive on the ATIV Odyssey (a variant of the ATIV S about which we currently know nothing for sure). It is due out in December 2012.

T-Mobile will have the Lumia 810 (the 820 equivalent) for $99 on contract, and the HTC 8X for $149 on contract by November 14.

AT&T has an exclusive on the Lumia 920. Microsoft and Nokia have refused to comment on how long that exclusive will last. But a leaked training video indicated it could be six months before any other U.S. carriers are allowed to offer the 920.

Microsoft officials said the company will stock all Windows Phone 8 devices in all colors in its brick-and-mortar and pop-up Microsoft Stores.

Microsoft also made the long-awaited Windows Phone 8 software development kit (SDK) available to the public last week.

Microsoft and Nokia provided all paying attendees of the Build 2012 conference with unlocked, custom-made Lumia 920 phones last week. I have not gotten to try the 920 myself (beyond holding it, tethered to a table at the Windows Phone 8 launch). But CNET has a review of the Lumia 920, where its advantages and challenges are outlined in detail. It's not a phone for wimps, given its bulk, as reviewer Jessica Dolcourt noted. She called it the most feature-rich of all the Windows Phone 8 devices. (So calm down, Nokia fans. You're getting even more rabid than Mac fans!)

I am going to post my thoughts on the HTC 8X loaner I received at the Windows Phone 8 launch soon. Let's just say this is likely to be my next phone, as I am a Verizon user.

For those who continue to ask about availability of the Windows Phone 7.8 update -- which will bring multi-sized tiles to existing Windows Phone 7.x users -- Microsoft still (crazily) is not talking about timing for this. Rumors from a variety of sites claim 7.8 will be pushed out before the end of this calendar year.

Topics: Smartphones, Microsoft, Nokia, Telcos, AT&T, Verizon, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Nokia 920 in the USA

    They shot themselves in the foot with the AT&T exclusivity but they probably did it for the additional subsidization and agreement to get their sales reps to push it hard. I don't think that tactic will work. As i am a Verizon customer up for a new phone it now looks like the Galaxy Note II, if the 920 was on Verizon for $200 subsidized i would have gotten it.
    ploco@...
    • Exclusive

      Yeah I hate it also but I think it only lasts for 7 months and others can then carry.
      thekman58
    • Carriers' Decision

      I think the problem here is that carriers choose not to take up certain devices for various reasons. If it were up to the OEMs, they'd have their devices on all carriers.
      JeromeC1234
    • different strokes

      i am also a Verizon customer up for renewal. i am dropping the i-phone and heading to AT&T. I have had service with both carriers; outside of devices neither offer anything of substantial difference from the other
      Robert Strongmier
    • I was in your case.

      But I have been contemplating switching to AT&T anyway. With the phone only being $99 I can use the other $100 or so that I'd have to spend to get a good Verizon phone to break my contract. All in all I come out about even, so I'm happy.
      Sam Wagner
  • Finally: Nokia Lumia 920 U.S. pricing, availability date revealed

    Good news for the AT&T users, bad for Verizon. I agree in that Nokia should not have done an exclusive with this phone mostly because I would love to have seen that phone on Verizon. Looking forward to your review of the 8X. Its a higher end phone but the Lumia 822 will have wireless charging. Got to see what the trade offs are for both.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • 8X has wireless charging too, apparently...

      Also, at least the 822 is a much higher spec device on Verizon than the AT&T 820. Better front facing camera, more storage and battery, from what I've seen.
      GoodThings2Life
      • If that is true

        That is going to make it a little harder to decide.
        Loverock Davidson-
  • HALLELUJAH!

    I know I said this on Twitter, but this is an amazing deal! I will definitely pick up my red Lumia 920 on Friday.

    Also, I know I give AT&T a lot of crap, but I'm thrilled to see them do the right thing for a change. I apologize for my past month of venom.
    GoodThings2Life
    • But how is the phone to use?

      Any good, independent reviews?
      The fact that it looks good and the OS in it looks good and fantastically simple which is good too of course isn't enough. I want something fun to use, something much better, something which is not just a copy of the iPhone and iPad but a big step forward.

      Is this really IT?
      Mikael_z
  • Any word on OFF CONTRACT pricing?

    I saw Best Buy use $599, but I read several rumors that some of the carriers will have the off contract price about $100 lower than Best Buy (authorized resellers usually charge higher for off contract since their money is made on signing people up for the services).

    I'm turn between the 8x and the 920 on ATT. I'm leaning towards the 920 with the bigger screen.
    kjb434
    • Nokia camera blows HTC away

      It just has to be 920 if you go for WP8.
      LBiege
  • Got to stink being with T-Mobile

    No 920, but the 810 for the price of the 920? Ouch.
    WebSiteManager
  • Finally!!

    I'm happy with AT&T and will be ordering mine soon.
    roteague
  • I wish Verizon would let us know

    Would really like to know if HTC will indeed have Nokia Drive + and wireless charging on their Verizon phone and when available. And will the wireless charging pads be able to be used with both the 920 from ATT and HTC from Verizon. I would think the Verizon HTC with wireless charging would have to have more heft to include the inductance coil?? It would actually be good for Nokia if they licensed Drive+ to HTC and Samsung, it would seem to me.
    brickengraver
    • Nokia Drive

      There was an article a couple days ago that said Nokia Drive would soon be available for all WP8 devices.
      IamTiger
      • No Turn-by-Turn Voice

        Was it Matt Miller? Someone said recently that while you get Nokia Maps, you won't get turn by turn voice directions.
        WebSiteManager
  • Early upgrades

    Are there any deals for early upgrades for existing WP7.5 customers.
    IamTiger
  • Now is that 16GBs actually 16GBs?

    Or is it only 8GBs?
    Arm A. Geddon
    • Hate to think what the 8GBs actually is.

      Too F'N funny!!
      Arm A. Geddon