AT&T customers finally have the opportunity to purchase two of the most exciting Windows-based devices that have been up for launch in recent memory. The HTC One M8, as well as the Lumia 830, are now available for purchase after launching on Friday. The November 7th birthday that the two devices will share is just in time for the holiday season, and with their price points – puts Microsoft in a great position with their Windows phones, heading into the season.
The Lumia 830 will be the last device in the foreseeable future that will be released with the Nokia name. The HTC One M8 is without question the most exciting device of the two, as the device has been long talked about to reach the Windows platform. The device will cost $27.92 a month on the 18-month Next plan and $33.60 on the 12-month Next plan. If a traditional two-year contract is what customers are going for, they will be able to get the device for $199.
The Nokia Lumia 830, on the other hand, will cost less. This phone is a traditional Windows device, as Lumia devices regularly run Windows – and now will be owned by Microsoft as well after a merger earlier in the year. The device will cost $99 with a two-year contract, $22.50 with the 18-month plan, and then $18.75 for the 12-month plan. Interestingly enough, AT&T is even offering free Fitbit devices with the Lumia 830.
The Fitbit is a wearable that tracks basic health functions and does well tracking workouts. Though the functionality is slightly limited, it is free, and the value is actually really impressive. Especially since AT&T doesn’t necessarily need to have this offer on the table. That said, this is as we noted, the final Nokia branded smartphone, so this could be a great time to get a good value on a Windows smartphone.
It’s still unclear how pricing will be impacted with the Microsoft-branded Windows phones, which are expected to begin launching later in the holiday season. Microsoft has been working hard to build up excitement around the Lumia line, and this value could be a great opportunity to continue.