Ahead of their imminent release dates, the AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and the HTC 8X Windows Phones have just been given their official price-tags by the network. By offering three different Windows Phones across two very different brands, AT&T is looking to broaden the appeal of the new OS to as many consumer markets as possible.
Flying the flag for the Windows Phone 8 operating system is the HTC 8X, which with a two-year service agreement from AT&T will retail for $199.99. In addition, AT&T will be launching a second 8X in yellow and blue variants with 50% less storage space, for a highly reasonable $99.99. While the exact release dates for the 8X variants are yet to be confirmed, A&T has stated that both will be in stock and available before Thanksgiving.
In the meantime, preorders for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 officially launched today, ahead of this Friday’s release date. The Nokia 920, which shares a huge number of spec and feature similarities with the HTC 8X, will be on sale for $99.99 with a two-year contract, while the slightly more modest Lumia 820 will be on offer for just $49.99.
For a limited period only, the Lumia 920 will also come with Nokia’s new wireless charging pad.
AT&T is to become the most important backer of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 campaign, offering more Smartphone carrying the new OS than any in the US. While the push afforded to the Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7 proved to be insufficient, Microsoft, AT&T, Nokia, HTC and several other big names are throwing massive support behind the campaign this time around.
While the chances of Windows Phone 8 coming close to touching the sovereignty of Apple and Android’s Smartphone market lead, the new mobile OS has every chance of shouldering past BlackBerry as RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS faces ongoing release date delays.