Many first generation unlocked Windows Phones can be bought for dirt cheap via Amazon
If you’re one of those people who are still in contract, but want to pick up a decent smartphone for cheap, you don’t need to look any further than Amazon. Well, that’s because the online retailer has several unlocked first generation Windows Phone that are priced super aggressively.
Specifically, they are selling the Samsung Omnia 7 for $289, Samsung Focus at $239, HTC Surround at $195, and the LG Quantum for a reasonable $160. No, they’re not priced at free, which is where you’ll probably see many carriers selling them at, but nevertheless, they’re great pricing for no-contract and unlocked cell phones.
Obviously, some of us would prefer investing the money on something newer, but when you take into account the $500 and up prices normally associated with smartphones being bought outright without a contract, Amazon’s offerings are a lot more forgiving – especially on your pockets!
source: Amazon (1, 2, 3, &4) via WMPoweruser
1. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Off the subject but read rumors Nokia 900 coming to att only. Now here's the issue, WP having trouble selling, right? Ok Android growing and selling like maggots and flies. Their everywhere on every carrier at every price point and every level! One or two new devices showing up every month! WP, two carriers, one gets the low end and the other gets the high. Then they have one or two products showings every six or so months! Not selling good, yeah! Then they spending millions to advertise a product they don't even have compared to Androind and available equally and evenly to to all consumers. Yeah half a million will get a good WP on Att and they expect the other half to waltz to there and just purchase one? Yeah right, smirk! I suspect if this BS continues in 2012, i would expect WP to fold in 2013! I'm ok with it now. Bought son a gs2 and looks awesome aside for the useless complexity of the settings.
2. downphoenix (Posts: 1987; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
signs already point that way as Microsoft has been releasing apps for android and iOS now, they are slowly prepping to kill it off Im sure. Sucks for the developers that got duped into it.
10. fervid (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Just repeating the way they killed Win Mobile. That is why I went with Android.
4. Glim12808 (Posts: 344; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Bought a new WP7.5 phone more than a week ago to add to my Android, and just LOVE IT! The Radar has only a 1GHZ processor and yet the WP7 OS runs smooth, fast, and responsive in it! The OS is also very intuitive!
I love my Android, but I'm also loving my new WP7! Based on my very positive experience with my new WP7, I predict it's going to pick up in 2012, and with the WP8 coming, it's going to do even better in 2013!
6. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
You don't get it do you. WP is not the iPhone where stick it on one carrier and everyone is gonna flock to that carrier for it. Yeah you can love that one radar on tmo all you want but soon you will want that Nokia 900 on Att. When it's time to upgrade, you'll upgrade to god knows what when tmo will get any wp. Just plain uneven distribution! Will not sell well with this kind of BS!
11. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
Windows Phone is an awesome platform. I used a Focus for a little while inbetween Android phones, and I loved it. I recommended it for my mom, for her first smartphone since she didn't seem to like the iPhone very much.
It's very easy to use, and is really fast and lag free
3. sexcellent (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)
BUYERS BEWARE!!!! I bought several of these "New" unlocked phones over the past few months only to find out that they are NOT new at all. Many Amazon third party sellers are apparently selling refurbs or cleaned-up used phones as "New" phones. I had to return every single phone I ordered on Amazon. I will never order another unlocked cell phone on Amazon. Fortunately I received a full refund for all of my returns, but I had to pay shipping to send all of these items back. To avoid further hassle, I decided to dish out a few extra bucks and just buy phones from more reputable dealers like Newegg, Radioshack and BestBuy.
5. Glim12808 (Posts: 344; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Thanks for the advice! Didn't buy both my Android and my new WP7 from them, but it's good to know about your experience with Amazon and their "new" unlocked phones for future reference.
9. fervid (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Had ordered the Quantum yesterday since Android keyboard offerings on ATT have been garbage. There was a previous Bad English review about the lid I didn't understand until early this morning one reviewed mentioned non-LG batteries and covers. I requested the order be cancelled, but when they got online they ignored it and posted a UPS label being generated to Amazon instead so it looks like it shipped. Another reviewer just posted saying his serial number didn't even match the box. Working with Amazon Customer Service now and will refuse the package. PA may want to remove the phones and turn this into an apology page so it doesn't look like these guys are associated with them or paid them to post this.
7. 7thspaceman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Hmm I wonder where I could buy an new samsung focus or new dell venue Pro these
2 windows first Generation windows smart phones are worth buying and getting updated to mango but you have to realize they have no front facing cameras but for a lot of People that's not a problem because they do not want People to see them when they send and receive a phone call
8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 721; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Was looking at the Focus for 239 specifically because of the microSD card slot which I would fill immediately, but what turned me off was that it said NO WARRANTY next to the name. Well, that and the fact that I just bought an XT860 4G from Canada haha. Still though, that's a sick deal on a good phone.