After months and month of discouraging waiting, inexplicable delays and ominous silence on Microsoft’s part, the past few weeks have produced a bona fide bombardment of Lumia 640/640 XL US availability and pricing info.
As far as the 5.7-inch phablet version is concerned, things couldn’t be clearer. It’s either buy it unlocked from a place like Amazon at around $250, or pledge your allegiance to AT&T and get it for the same $250 contract-free, or $0 with pacts.
Meanwhile, Redmond seems to follow an entirely different marketing strategy with the 5-inch, non-XL Lumia 640, which is the exact opposite of a carrier exclusive. The affordable, LTE-capable, Windows Phone 8.1-powered, 8 MP cam-equipped handheld recently debuted at Cricket Wireless, then spread its wings to T-Mobile, and now seeks further expansion to MetroPCS.
Magenta’s prepaid-specialized sister operator will allegedly kick off online and physical store sales next Monday, on June 22, at a starting price of… $39. Yes, thirty-nine US dollars. No contractual obligations involved, no strings attached. Just an instant rebate of $90 applied to the list tag of $129.
Needless to emphasize you won’t be able to score the Microsoft Lumia 640 at the incredible price without a Metro activation and minimum commitment to the network. Which is really the least you can do to repay their extraordinary kindness.