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It will be available starting in July

T-Mobile and its sub-brand MetroPCS will carry the budget-friendly Nokia Lumia 635 starting next month.

According to T-Mobile, the Windows Phone 8.1-powered gadget will be 4G LTE-ready and available for under $170 USD without a contract. 

To break it down a bit further, T-Mobile customers can grab the Nokia Lumia 635 for $0 down and for $7 a month for 24 months (total of $168). MetroPCS customers, on the other hand, can buy the phone for a promotional deal of $99. It's currently unclear how long that promotion will last. 

The Nokia Lumia 635 sports a 4.5-inch display, Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, the Cortana personal assistant and a variety of colors to choose from. 


The 635 will be available on T-Mobile's site starting July 9, but if you'd prefer to pick it up in-store, you'll have to wait until July 16. 
 
As for MetroPCS customers, the 635 will be released in stores and online starting July 18. 

The 635 was originally announced at Microsoft's BUILD conference back in April. It's the first of the Windows Phone 8.1 devices announced at BUILD to be available in the U.S. 

Source: T-Mobile



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Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By Sivar on 7/1/2014 3:06:58 PM , Rating: 4
While I am not so sure about Windows 8 (or 8.1), Phone 8 is a surprisingly pleasant experience. My SO has an old Lumia 521 ($80 no contract at the time).
It feels significantly snappier than Jellybean or KitKat on my GS3 (which is far higher spec) and the UI appears much less quirky and better laid out than Android. Finding apps, for example, does not involve scrolling through pages of icons, though some 3rd-party Android tools are nearly as good.

The included Gmail app was terrible, but a recent replacement looks almost as good as Android's (and supports Facebook, Yahoo, etc. in the same interface). All the apps that she actually uses are in the Windows market -- some got there before they hit iPhone (e.g. Chess By Post), but some less popular apps (e.g. VSCO cam) are definitely MIA for now.




RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By hughlle on 7/1/2014 7:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, you didnt just go there. *enter reclaimer*

How dare such underpowered hardware be snappy!


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/1/2014 9:08:32 PM , Rating: 2
*retro enters the ring*

B-b-but, Android was bad two years ago (even though I defended it tooth and nail) but its FINALLY good now! 4.x rocks (even though nothing fundamental has really been fixed). Promise!

Its impossible that an OS running on such slow hardware be smoother and faster than my Android God running on 5ghz quads!

(lol)


By retrospooty on 7/1/2014 10:05:50 PM , Rating: 2
Objection. Conjecture, mis-quotes, misunderstanding what was posted, trolling, and d total misrepresentation of facts.

That is exactly like me saying "Here comes KoolAidMan-TYP - IOS is perfect. It has always been perfect and the huge list of dozens and dozens of missing features are all useless. No-one needs large screen or higher res and
apps are 1000x better on IOS (wait you actually did say that one just yesterday)"


Wow. Just wow. You are off the rails man... I actually like WP. It's a strong 2nd as of right now.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By retrospooty on 7/1/2014 10:05:50 PM , Rating: 2
Objection. Conjecture, mis-quotes, misunderstanding what was posted, trolling, and d total misrepresentation of facts.

That is exactly like me saying "Here comes KoolAidMan-TYP - IOS is perfect. It has always been perfect and the huge list of dozens and dozens of missing features are all useless. No-one needs large screen or higher res and
apps are 1000x better on IOS (wait you actually did say that one just yesterday)"


Wow. Just wow. You are off the rails man... I actually like WP. It's a strong 2nd as of right now.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 1:33:56 AM , Rating: 2
"Since when have I ever said"

That is kind of my point... I never said any of the hyperbole in your quote either. Not even close, but whatever. Lets leave it to an article related to that subject. This article about a WP phone which you called me out by name with your oddly pointed comment. MMMM Ok. Whatever.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/2/2014 1:40:09 PM , Rating: 2
You've actually contested all the points there. Sorry


By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 3:09:05 PM , Rating: 2
"You've actually contested all the points there. Sorry"

Excuse me? Now you are straight up lying.

"B-b-but, Android was bad two years ago"

Dont try playing word tricks. That isn't what was ever said or meant. All I said was Gingerbread and earlier was really bad referring to your old android you said that you used to have, and that you had it for 2 years, so I assume it was 2.3x or earlier.

"Its impossible that an OS running on such slow hardware be smoother and faster than my Android God running on 5ghz quads! "

Again, pure lies. I never said anything even remotely close to that. WTF are you talking about?

You are at the point where you call me into a thread where I hadn't posted (about a different subject btw) and are just making shiz up. I think you need some ointment for your butthurt.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By inighthawki on 7/2/2014 11:17:30 AM , Rating: 2
I think you're confusing retro with Reclaimer. I don't recall retro ever making such posts about any phone OS. From what I recall he's relatively unbiased on the topic.


By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 3:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you... WTF? This guy is off the rails.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 3:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't recall retro ever making such posts about any phone OS. From what I recall he's relatively unbiased on the topic"

I should add... No, I didnt make such comments, but I did say Gingerbread sucked, at least that is what I was referring to. It did suck.

And I have had some pretty heated debated with him about this, but only because he comes is guns blaring with his "IOS is far superior" in all cases no matter what nonsense. I post against his ridiculousness, so in his fanboy logic, he assumes I am some huge Android Zealot.

Honestly, if I had my way and could imagine up the perfect phone it would have...

- IOS's apps
- WP's speed and responsiveness
- Android's features and flexibility
- Web OS's multitasking and task switching and swipe UI

I would throw any amount of cash at that device.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/3/2014 2:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
You've made arguments in the past denying Android's inefficiencies, but whatever.

You also spent all of 2011 and 2012 defending Gingerbread, HARD. Now that 4.x has been out a couple years, what you defended sucks. Again, whatever. Otherwise the rest of this post is one of the most reasonable things I've read from you. I don't know if it's all the back pedaling or being beaten down from silly arguing, but good for you.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By retrospooty on 7/3/2014 8:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
Let me tell you the part you are missing with all this. You, and a few others like you seem to use your fanboy logic in everything. You come here in every article about Google or Apple and aggressively defend Apple and attack Google, I post against your fanboyish nonsense and therefore you assume I am some massive fanboy. Sorry, I am not like you. You are so solidly and unbending on one side of the fence, that you take people that think different as the opposite. So when arguing, you are making alot of assumptions, but its not based on me, its based on your own fanboyism. Get it?

I go with what works best for me. Today that is Android. Mine runs insanely fast. Mine runs noticeably faster than my iPad 4, which according to you must be pretty damn good. I have no loyalty to Android or Google, and I will happily dump it the second something better is available and will be happy to do so because that means I get something better.

"Otherwise the rest of this post is one of the most reasonable things I've read from you. I don't know if it's all the back pedaling or being beaten down from silly arguing, but good for you."

Wow, you really have an odd grasp of reality don't you? Yeah, must have been back pedaling or being beaten down /s. No fanboy, that is a normal conversation I had with a normal person that isn't a complete Apple shill like you. He isn't on one side of the fence lobbing grenades over it, therefore my reply to him isn't posting against that fanboyish logic. I post stuff like that all the time, just not when posting to you because you are sooooooooo far to one side on this argument and you are lobbing grenades. A quick look at your post history proves my point. You are clearly here with an agenda.


By retrospooty on 7/3/2014 8:54:03 AM , Rating: 1
I should add... Look no farther than this thread for proof. This is an article on a WP phone. You come in here, and attack me and android out of no-where with your usual condescending attitude. That is your MO here.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/7/2014 7:46:04 PM , Rating: 1
The difference between you and me in 2011 is that I was dissatisfied with Android. You defended it in every post and now you're saying it was crap.

I call that backing down


By KoolAidMan1 on 7/7/2014 7:51:27 PM , Rating: 1
And re: your ideal OS, iOS has the smoothness of WP and a better task switcher than WebOS. I should know since I was one of the few who owned both.

Android has a great notification system, otherwise iOS isn't missing much from that side. What it is missing is being addressed in iOS 8, specifically keyboards and more ways for apps to talk to each other via extensions.

That's getting awfully close to "ideal" in that list. The fruit shaped logo seems to be the main downside for the zealots here.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By retrospooty on 7/7/2014 9:10:26 PM , Rating: 3
Is it really that hard for you to grasp the passage of time? Things improve and old software is obsoleted. Do you know what else sucks by today's standards? Doom, quake, and pretty much every video game I grew up with. My old 1978 Camaro z28, WinXP, etc etc.

I can't tell if you're really being dense or just trolling me. Either way you're rediculous.

and to your other post, No sorry, Apple obviously tried to get what whether it had in the task switching UI, but no cigar.and like I told you my iPad 4 legs and I see lots of stories of other people with newer iPhones and iPads and lag issues as well. Sorry that argument just doesn't work for IOS.

Also, note I am here speaking openly about the benefits of all platforms as I mentioned all 4 in my ideal phone, and along you came and essentially inflated iOS and deflated Android in your typical troll fashion. / too easy.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/8/2014 9:59:54 PM , Rating: 1
What you said was amazing a few years ago is suddenly bad, even though it really hasn't improved much at all.

Re: deflating Android, it just doesn't bring much to the table in terms of useful features compared to WP or iOS. A solid OS and good apps are what I'll take over superficial features made to full up lists for people like you that are easily fooled by marketing.

"Pokemon themes"


By retrospooty on 7/9/2014 12:29:48 AM , Rating: 2
" it really hasn't improved much at all"

Your asserting that Android hasn't changed much since Gingerbread?

OK, lets just stop the laugh train now. That is beyond ridiculous.

"A solid OS and good apps are what I'll take over superficial features made to full up lists"

Really? They made all those features just to fill out my list? Wow. Great argument. You are really pushing the boundaries of the debate. Were you pre-law in school? Your skills are just, too much to handle. Meanwhile Apple is copying those features left and right these days trying to catch up. LOL. Doof.

"Also, Doom and Quake are still AMAZING, better than most shooters even today."

OK, NOW It makes sense. You seem to cling on to old software and never let go. Now your unnatural attachment to IOS is making sense. Hey that is cool, you stop trolling and go play your Doom, and use your IOS and and enjoy it.


By KoolAidMan1 on 7/8/2014 10:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
Also, Doom and Quake are still AMAZING, better than most shooters even today.

Stop being stupid.


RE: Windows PHONE 8 is not bad at all.
By EasyC on 7/2/2014 12:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
That's ironic, because yesterday he was trying to tell me that a 1.4GHz quad core is as fast as a Snapdragon 800!

LOL ohhh the ironing.


By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 1:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the irony anyhow ;)

This looks like a great phone for the price. Especially on MetroPCS at $99.

I'd personally rather go with something in the range of a Lumia 930 and 1520.


By Wolfpup on 7/2/2014 10:21:17 AM , Rating: 2
(Nearly) full Windows is much faster than Android too. Windows RT 8.1 is easily an order of magnitude faster than Android 4.4.4 running on identical CPU/GPU, even though RT is running a full web browsers, full Flash, pushing two screens, and running Office at the same time...it does all that much faster on my Surface 1 than my Nexus 7 does just struggling to run a single stripped down mobile program at once LOL.


My wife has an HTC One S...
By bupkus on 7/1/2014 3:12:53 PM , Rating: 2
She always complaining about both connectivity to T-Mobile as well as a poor rapport with Google Maps for driving direction response and uncertainty of what-the-heck is going on.

Should I recommend she switch to this Nokia?

Link to specs for HTC One S:
http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_s-4574.php

Also, if we're in T-Mobile can we still get that $99 offer with MetroPCS?




RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By Gunbuster on 7/1/2014 4:01:21 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt it, some people bought MetroPCS 521's on a deal and they did not work with a T-Mo SIM. I would expect similar.


RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By testbug00 on 7/1/2014 5:03:14 PM , Rating: 2
unless she plans to watch videos or consume a lot of media, the 521 should offer near the same experience:
http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Lumia-521-T-Mobile/dp/...

The Windows Phone 8.1 OTA update should be coming soon also.

You can find the 521 close to $50 or perhaps under with a deal and/or little time searching around.

The 630 screen is far better than the 521 from what I hear


RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By Alexvrb on 7/1/2014 7:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
While that may be true, the 635 is a still a significant upgrade in various areas. Bigger, nicer IPS display with gorilla glass 3, significantly better battery life, slightly thinner, LTE support, etc. The faster SoC may or may not actually matter depending on what she does with it, but it's a nice bonus if the other features entice you.

$168 is a good price, too.


By StevoLincolnite on 7/1/2014 10:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I think most people would probably be better served with the Lumia 525 with it's 1Gb of Ram, which allows for *all* apps and games to work.

Or, wait it out for the Lumia 530 which hopefully should bring with it Quad-Core goodness.

The main benefit the 600 series brings is it's larger form factor over the 500 series, so it really depends on what is more important to a person.


RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By Gunbuster on 7/2/2014 10:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
The Lumia 521 is listed at $150.00 on the T-Mobile page. Going by low we have see it actually sell for we could expect to see the 635 for around $90 in short order.


RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By testbug00 on 7/2/2014 11:29:25 AM , Rating: 2
521 can be found from various retailers for 50-80 dollars in most cases. Hell, I remember going into a T-mobile store and it only costs $120 0.0

Wonder why website has it $30 more...


RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By testbug00 on 7/2/2014 11:28:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but, the 620/625 (given screen size needed) is even better.

The 620 is around the same price for a slightly slower (probably does not matter unless you play games) CPU and a smaller screen, while the 625 costs more and is the same. However, those both come with ambient light sensors, front facing Cameras, the same screen resolution... Pretty sure all the 630/635 gets you is a laminated screen that is a bit better in sunlight.

However, looking at Amazon, this one takes the cake currently for Lumia's:
http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Lumia-820-Unlocked-Win...


By dgingerich on 7/1/2014 7:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
I had the same problem with my One S, but once I changed over to a Nokia 925, the problems went away. There are significant problems with the One S. It's not necessarily T-mobile.


RE: My wife has an HTC One S...
By BZDTemp on 7/2/2014 3:07:52 AM , Rating: 2
The Driving thing on the Nokia's works well and it can run off-line just fine, except of course it won't give traffic data.


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