Canada's main carriers aren't interested in the Lumia 950 duo, but T-Mobile U.S. might be

Canada's main carriers aren't interested in the Lumia 950 duo, but T-Mobile U.S. might be
As we sober up from the big unveiling of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, it appears that both will be playing hard to get. Although not exclusive to AT&T, it doesn't seem as though the major U.S. network operators are chomping at the bit to carry the devices, and in Canada, the story is even less enthusiastic. According to a new report by the folks at MobileSyrup, no Canadian carriers intend to sell the Lumia 950 or the XL edition, so the only option for buyers will be to purchase outright, directly from Microsoft. 

It has been, in mobile terms, an age since Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile has spawned a flagship to contend with the rest of the industry. For most of this year, Redmond's plans have generated a fair amount of buzz, but the apparent lack of carrier interest has put a bit of a dampener on proceedings. 

Those in Canada will still be able to grab the Lumia 950 and 950 XL through Microsoft Stores and its ecommerce channels, at a respective cost of $749 and $849 Canadian. The MobileSyrup report cites all of the big names in its assertion, having been in contact with the likes of Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Those Stateside looking for an alternative to AT&T might find some solace in T-Mobile, with the firm's charismatic CEO John Legere having tweeted that he's open to offers from the Windows maker. With T-Mo's growing popularity and flexible packages, the news will encourage those interested in picking up a new Lumia through the carrier. Having said that, Legere has previous for trolling big companies on Twitter, so it remains to be seen whether his latest musings will bear any fruit. 

Whether it's purely a case of carrier apathy or Microsoft not putting in enough of an effort, we can't say for sure. But given the mammoth game of catch-up that Microsoft is playing with Android and iOS for market share, the hunger and urgency that one might expect in this situation does appear to be short of the mark. 

Will you still be grabbing a Lumia 950 smartphone, even if you have to pony up the full cost of the handset? Let us know in the comments. 

Related phones

Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile



18. jojon

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Will say it again, while you still have these US carriers dictating who can and who cannot bring a phone to the American market, you are always going to have a narrow choice. It is becoming a very large issue, the US carriers are painting themselves into a corner. What company is going to commit to a multi million dollar national advert. campaign when the carriers will not stock it. There are markets outside America and MS is doing very well, look at Europe, second biggest selling phone there. Bravo to MS for thumbing their nose ate these cherry pickers.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's time to blame Apple for the sad state of this industry.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23070; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, that just sucks, big time. Hopefully, the 950/950XL will sell well with other carriers, and hopefully T-Mobile will get one or both of these handsets, and prompt Canadian carriers to rethink not carrying the handsets.

13. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Good phones but i cant say i blame them

12. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

If Microsoft cant get it on a carrier in their home country, then there's no fooling anyone. They're beyond done.

10. rsiders

Posts: 2065; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I want either one of these phones on T-Mobile. I'm not picky but the 950XL looks the better of the two. I hope Microsoft makes an offer and they get it done by next month.

9. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Tmobile get that 950xl, please.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Done like dinner before they even started. Shame.

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'll be picking g the 950 up in the US as soon a I see reviews on it. I haven't been this excited for a Microsoft phone since the 920. My wife has the 1020 but I've stayed clear of anything not named android until now. It will be a great second phone for me

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Just head on down to your local Windows Store and review it yourself!

3. KushielAOC

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Hey Canada, trade you our(US) Lumia Duo + 500 Rupies for your Xperia Z5 Duo.

2. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

2G (GSM): 850MHz, 900MHz,1800MHz,1900MHz 3G (HSPA+): Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 8 (900MHz) 4G (LTE): Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 17 (700MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 20 (800MHz), Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 7 (2600MHz), Band 8 (900MHz), Band 28 (700MHz), Band 12 (700MHz) ^^^ Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is fully compatible with T-Mobile US out-of-the-box. Band 4 on 3G and 4G radio. It seems like Microsoft has T-Mobile in mind primarily. Even the new LTE band 12 (700MHz A block) for T-Mobile is present. Sweet!

1. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I definitely will, just going to switch my business line to at&t from t mobile if they don't have anything to offer or updates by November.

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