Deal: The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is already down to $199.99 for a limited time!

Deal: The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is already down to $199.99 for a limited time!
Microsoft's Lumia 640 XL has scarcely been around for a month, and just days after AT&T launched the handset on its network for $249.99, Expansys has it temporarily down to the magical sub-$200 price point. The larger cousin of the budget Lumia 640, the XL model packs quite a decent punch considering its cheap cost, and while some will probably lament the one-gig of RAM, it's not as though Windows Phone has ever had issues with fluidity even on low-end specs. 

As well as the RAM, the display resolution isn't much to write home about, either. The 720 x 1280 isn't too bad on its own, but over a canvas of 5.7 inches, you're looking at a pixel density of 259 ppi. Still, you get a workable Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 13-megapixel main camera, and 8 GB of storage with the 640 XL, with the latter being expandable by means of a microSD card. 

All in all, it's a half-decent Windows Phone for those not looking to spend a small fortune. Along with the above, you get 4G LTE, so where cellular coverage permits, you'll be able to enjoy lightning-quick data speeds. 

It should be noted that this deal won't last too much longer. With 11 hours to run at the time of writing, you'll need to move quickly if you want to snag yourself a 640 XL for $199.99. If you are looking for Windows software, cheap cost and phablet form factor, though, this is definitely the one to buy. 


source: Expansys

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Lumia 640 XL
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(25h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. darkoman4

Posts: 181; Member since: May 30, 2014

Cool, this one has both band 4 and 12 for TMobile

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

I hate to say it, but Windows 10 for Mobile has to save these phones. Look around, I see no one with Windows Phone and it's been out for three years. The only one I've seen in the past year is that cheap white one on T-mobile. People always tell me they hate it. It's sad but we may have to face that the Mobile Industry has become an OS duopoly. People want Nexus, Galaxy, or IPhone these days. Who knows what can happen tho. Keep hope alive MS.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As a WP user, I have seen quite a few in the wild. It is not rare, but not that common either. I was hoping Windows Phone 8.1 would be the jump start it needed, but the total lack of device options and non-existent PR just leaves WP in the 3-4% hole it has been in. Windows 10? Sure, I will hope. Hope is free. I will stick with it because I truly enjoy it. But even as a fan who has owned WP since the Mango update of WP7.5 I realize at some point it needs to grow. It only needs to be profitable. 7-10% worldwide sales will easily make it worth Microsoft's while to keep it alive. 3-5%? That may just not be enough considering they will make money off of Android royalties and software releases to Android and iOS without so much investment and overhead. *crosses fingers*

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It needs the ecosystem. Not to mention there is truly nothing on WP to entice the other two platforms to come over, especially if you invested in either platform. Since WP was introduced to the world back at MWC in February of 2010, it has seen some initial growth. However the last few quarters have seen a decline in market share. The platforms that get the latest an greatest apps and hardware are always the other two platforms that get the things first.

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It has the ecosystem, the issue is carriers steer customers towards the expensive galaxy 6s and the IPhone 6.

8. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

You took the words out of my mouth. I bought a Lumia 640 and no one cares. Can't get people to watch my YouTube video. Can't get people to respond on Twitter about WP. Smh, it's like a desert out there. Helloooooo.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1883; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Just go over to Windows Central. That's where the real fans live and breathe.

12. rsiders

Posts: 1883; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not only have I seen the fantastic Lumia 1020 but I have seen the Lumia 1520 and plenty of 520s floating around. But I get your point and this has to be a success. And the hero flagships must deliver this fall which I believe they will. I think Windows 10 Mobile will be the breakthrough the company has been seeking all along.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Of course they are going to hate a 4in throw away device that has no front camera, when their friends are rocking a galaxy s5 etc. However, when you start pulling out the big boys like the 930, 1520, 1020, that conversation is no longer I hate it convo. However, windows mobile won't go away, simply because the OS is designed different. Plus MS makes enough money off android to not care. As for nexus, I rarely see them in the wild, to me seeing a nexus where I am at, is like seeing a 1520.

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Expansys isn't trust worthy. They scam the a** off people.

9. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

Really? How? I've made 2 purchases from them with no issues, thankfully.

4. waddup121 unregistered

Sweet!

5. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Eeeeewwww expansys! Yuck! Not good.

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

There's much better phones with robust app systems for the same price....My eyes hurt just thinking about the resolution

10. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

Expansys phones are built and intended for sale and use outside the USA; they are considered "Gray-market" products, and are not covered by a manufacturer's warranty when sold to US-consumers. If that's not-enough to put you off, consider that those "globally-sourced" phones rarely support all the bands used by US carriers; you may decide it's no big deal if you can't access 4G/LTE speeds, but having a phone with all the 2G/3G bands used by your carrier reduces the risks from dropped calls and no service or costly roaming in rural areas. Finally-- although most carriers are happy to sign-up BYO-phone customers with phones designed for use on other networks -- those "foreign" phones will never receive critical OS or firmware updates pushed-out to phones originally sold by that carrier -- not because they're mean, but they only can properly test and approve updates for the phone models they know well, because they originally sold 'em... Expansys often holds "Fire Sales" to clear out their inventory of specific phones when US carriers begin selling approved US-models of similar gray-market phones offered by Expansys...

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

640xl has all the bands a US Carrier will need (not the case with other phones), its a windows phone, it has options to go outside carrier updates, like insider program. Windows 10 technically has put the carrier on the back burner. just as a FYI, even ATT on Tmobile is considered a 'grey device'.

16. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

There are just too-many cellular 'bands' in use worldwide, to include all the extra hardware needed to support all those bands in any one cellphone. For example -- there are (at least) 7 'global' variations within the 640~640 XL family, but only 3 of them are built with hardware designed for use on USA networks. Even those 3 aren't fully interchangable between competing networks (i.e. -- T-Mobile & AT&T). US-Cellphone companies spend billions during spectrum auctions, to gain exclusive use of specific bands; other companies are prohibited from operatiing over those frequencies (bands) unless they agree to pay 'roaming' royalties to the respective owners of those spectrums. That's another reason why there's so little overlap between apparently similiar phones designed for different carriers. In addition to all the potential hardware compatability issues mentioned here, some features & apps will only work on phones operated on the networks of their 'official' parents (ex. WiFi Calling, Cloud Storage, Usage Alerts, etc.) Bottom line? IMO, anyone buying a 640 or 640 XL from Expansys will be lucky to avoid encountering at least one of these potential issues...

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Of course there is different variants, no one has ever denied that. However. Most phones will work in some capacity on a US network, I would dare you to find a single phone being sold that is through expansys that wouldn't work in some capacity on a US carrier. You seem to forget, that my job is to literally configure phones to work on TMobiles network for grey devices... Right now I am running a 930 international phone. Gets 24Mb/s here on H+ for tmobile. I am running an unlocked 1520, 50Mb/s LTE. You just need the bands. For tmobile you have a choice of 1900LTE (which is what their new 2g towers are flipping too) the new purchased 700mhz, and the 2100 MHz for LTE signals. In the end the only thing you need to do, is call carrier or use web, search for bands in use. Then buy said phone with said bands. Tada. Just look at the 930's network abilities..http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia930/specifications/#connectivity

20. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

You apparently want to dispute my warnings to typical cellphone shoppers, but your replies are actually reinforcing what I've said here! OK, I believe you're entitled to be proud that you've got-enuff geek chops & determination to figure out how to make: "most phones work in some capacity on a US network!" As an ex-network engineer I also secretly dabble in those dark arts when I have to -- but I'd rather be known as a Lover, not a Fighter! (I can do without those few friends who would still prefer to love me for my mind rather than my body.) Turns-out -- my own fave phone is also a Lumia 930 factory unlocked global-variant; or, it would be, except it needs to be sent-off to M'soft depot for any/all OS & firmware upgrades because no Ms engineers have yet figured-out how to push them via OTA to this phone. Mobile 10 Preview was not a "solution" because it was still too-buggy for daily use, even after 3rd update, and any Lumia phones not running @ least 8.1 Denim will be left-behind by WIN OS 10 when it finally rolls-out to phones, later this fall (if M'soft actually manages for the 1st time -- to meet or beat a predicted phone feature rollout.) I don't understand why you're so eager to downplay or dismiss the sorts of adventures that average users often encounter with gray-market phones; you seem to like sorting-out this stuff, but most folks who actually have-a-life would probably choose a colonoscopy instead!

21. okuyok

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

You get a 6-month warranty in writing here, paragraph 2.4: Terms and Conditions - Expansys USA. Also Microsoft rep claims you get the full year from them with the Expansy phone. The variants on sale for $199 work on both T-Mobile and ATT LTE, not just H+. The only real issue is deciding if you want to pay $70 more for the "offical" United States version.. which is the same exact phone. if it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to do so.. go for it.

11. tacarat

Posts: 852; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

That phone lags when you hit the home button. It really turned me off on it.

22. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

I'm not interested in prolonging this 'whizzing contest." I encourage any persons interested in purchasing this phone from Expansys to carefully verify the "facts" for themselves. Btw, the difference between current ATT & Expansys pricing is $40 -- not $70.

23. okuyok

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

The unlocked US Variant is $270, that's a $70 difference.

24. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

There are several worldwide 'variants' of the 640 XL; each version is built with hardware & software optimized for use in a specific region. (I'm only aware of one that's a "US Variant" -- the one being sold by AT&T & its approved dealers. If you're actually interested in being helpful, please post the RM-* (model #) of the "unlocked US Variant" you mentioned, along with a link or name of a company where it can be purchased. (Any new Lumia phone sold as an unlocked US-variant will display "Mobile Operator 000-US" in the phone's Extras+Info settings.) On the other hand -- if this discussion is really about who's got the bigger ego -- you win!

25. okuyok

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

I'm not interested in being helpful, "Sport". Just schooling you.

26. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

"I'm not interested in being helpful, "Sport" -- YOU didn't need to point that out, "okuok" That was apparent from your 1st post to this thread. I don't usually engage with trolls, but there were several misleading claims in your replies, and you seem to be willing to risk steering readers into making bad choices as a result -- just to save face! This will be my last post to this thread, unless someone else posts a constructive concern. I will leave by repeating my warning: I encourage any persons interested in purchasing a "Globally-Sourced" phone from Expansys [or elswhere] to carefully verify all claims about the product's warranty and to what extent the phone will be compatibie with their chosen provider's network, apps and calling features.

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