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Windows Phone is getting very aggressive pricing wise

Budget smartphone shoppers may want to check out Best Buy Comp., Inc.'s (BBY) Black Friday event.  Perhaps the most eye-catching of the discounted phones is an incredible price for the Nokia Lumia 635 from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).  The smartphone, packing Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 ("Denim"), is available for only $40 USD.
 
The phone -- available in a single color (black) -- is locked to AT&T, Inc.'s (T) network, but AT&T will typically unlock pay-as-you-go (aka "PAYGO") smartphones after six months of service.  The service is deemed "commitment free" as you can drop the service at any time without financial penalties, although the device obviously carries a short-term commitment.

Lumia 630
The device packs in a respectible spec for this price:
  • 4.5-in. Clearblack IPS LCD FWVGA (854 x 480 pixel) display
  • Corning Inc. (GLW) Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 400 (quad-core)
  • 512 MB DRAM
  • 8 GB NAND storage + OneDrive cloud storage
  • HSPA+/LTE
  • 5 megapixel f/2.4 rear camera (no flash)
Launched in April, the Lumia 635 originally had an MSRP of $189 USD.  The Black Friday price is less than a quarter of the original price, pretty amazing for a device that's barely half a year old.
 
The spec is arguably on the high-end of the budget pack.  Windows Phones (soon to drop the "Phone" tag) may be out of your comfort range, but if you're willing to try something different and you want a smartphone at a great price, this is a deal to watch.

Source: WM Power User





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