AT&T has now included the Microsoft Lumia 950 to its GoPhone service. What this means is that buyers will be required to pay the entire $598 cost of the handset upfront while availing of convenient data packages according to their need.
Among GoPhone tiers to choose from include the $45 monthly plan, which will allow unlimited voice calls and text as well as 2 GB of LTE data. Next up is 5 GB of LTE data along with unlimited text and voice calls that costs $60 a month. Both tiers allow for any unused data to be carried over to the next billing cycle.
The obvious advantage of GoPhone scheme is that users have no annual contract obligations to pay heed to. They have the liberty to walk out of the scheme anytime they want.
This marks the first time that AT&T has made the Lumia 950 part of its GoPhone prepaid service. The Windows phone so far was available on AT&T Next plans since November.
According to the carrier’s Next plans, users are required to pay for a new phone in instalments which are added to the monthly bills. Further, users have the option to upgrade to a new phone as well by paying out the rest of unpaid instalments.
Coming back to the Lumia 950 which Microsoft had held forth as the torch bearer of Windows 10 platform, the handset unfortunately never evoked the kind of responses that its maker might have hoped for. While the 950 itself has drawn some flak for its polycarbonate build which is quite unlike most flagship offering, it’s Windows 10 Mobile itself that has come in for even severe criticism.
However, those that found issues with the unstable nature of the OS might do well to have a relook of the platform post the comprehensive Redstone update that was recently made available even though the lack of apps might still piss off many buyers. Unfortunately for Microsoft, this isn’t something that they can do much about overnight though efforts are on to have more apps in place. Its recent acquisition of the Xamarin tools can be considered to be the right move though it still needs time for things to fall into place eventually.
These apart, the 950 impresses with its innards that comprise of a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 chip, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of storage along with 5 and 20-megapixel front and rear cameras. The smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch QHD display and 3000 mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly.
As part of its efforts to making the Lumia 950 and 950 XL even more palatable to its prospective buyers, Microsoft is also offering 1-Year Office 365 subscription free to anyone who download and install Lumia Offers app on the said devices.