Deal: get the Microsoft Lumia 950 or the Lumia 950 XL at up to 30% off their usual prices

With the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL failing to draw customer interest at their original prices, Microsoft is apparently looking to get some units in users' hands. After finding their way into a BOGO deal earlier this year, the two phones are currently available at notable discounts from the Microsoft Store.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 is now priced at $399, a 27% discount compared to the usual price of $549. Moving on to the larger of Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile flagships, the Lumia 950 XL is currently priced at $449, a 30% discount compared to the handset's regular price of $649.

Any customer who purchases one of these two devices will also receive a free display dock, an accessory that's usually priced at $99. The prices are good for brand new devices with manufacturer warranty and in their unlocked flavour.

As their names imply, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are highly similar beasts. Both phones come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage space, AMOLED displays running at 1440 x 2560 pixels (QHD), 20MP primary cameras, and 5MP selfie shooters. 

The Lumia 950 integrates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with a hexa-core CPU, a 5.2-inch display, and a 3000mAh battery. The larger Lumia 950 XL comes with a Snapdragon 810 SoC with an octa-core CPU, a 5.7-inch display, and a 3340mAh battery. Both phones obviously run Windows 10 Mobile.

If you've been wanting to get your hands on one of Microsoft's current-generation flagship smartphone but have been put off by the high price, make sure to take advantage of this deal.

What do you guys make of this promotion? Is the Microsoft Lumia 950 worth $399 with a free display dock? Or is that kind of money better spent on deals such as this recent one for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+? Take your gloves off and join the conversation in the comment section below!

source: Microsoft (Lumia 950 | Lumia 950 XL)

Related phones

Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

With no PokemonGo on Windows (3rd party pokemon don't count, I don't want to waste my time playing, then, finding out the account deleted), I think Microsoft need to discount the Lumia 90%.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Easy buddy! At 400 it's a great deal!!!

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The problem is that at $400 you can get a much better handset that actually will run all the apps you want it to. Even at 30% off, it's still a mediocre deal at best.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Much better handset? Unless you are only referring to the app gap then I am scratching my head as to what handset is MUCH better... As well, my cheap ole full OS tablet can emulate android and all its 'needs'.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Either the OnePlus 3 or the ZTE Axon 7 can be labeled as being "much better" than the Lucia 950. That's purely from a hardware standpoint. Then you add the app gap on top of it... I'm not entirely sure what your Windows based tablet has to do with anything...

30. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

The hardware portion is debatable, hardly better, since windows OS doesn't require the same specs as android does to run smoothly. I have yet to see an android that can turn into a full blown PC when hooked via hdmi+USB-Type C. I don't see how that has to do with anything, let alone this "app gap" when everything you need is there, sure they don't have an official pokemon go but other than that there's uber, insta, face, even Uconnect if you own a Chrysler-Fiat vehicle. It's much more capable than you're making it out to be.

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Purely from hardware comparing a phone built for a 16 June release than one for a late 15 release? It would be a battle of the 810 vs 820 in terms of SOC, and with android...not like it matters at that point, nothing will tax it from an app point. so one plus has the soc now for what it hurts in Screen res is less Storage hit with no sd card battery is smaller and not removable usb-c 2.0 vs 3.1 less lte bands less mics Camera Security...though objective some would say, Iris vs fingerprint (I like both) Wireless charging Continuum So this idea of MUCH that you are talking really not 'MUCH'...but hey keep marking off those checkboxes... At this point it really is just an app gap...not much more

7. jmc_196

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

With Lumia 950's, we have all useful apps we need... Crap apps very litte

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

So you have every google App? You have snapchat? You have Prisma? Apple music? You have quality versions of Facebook and Instagram that are up to date with the features and abilities of their offerings on iOS and Android?

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you're using a Windows Phone, chances are you prefer using Microsoft's apps to Google's apps. Not everyone is a fan of Google apps. I actually use Microsoft's apps on my Android phone as opposed to Google apps. In my opinion, Snapchat is for children. I have no doubt that Prisma will land on Windows, but there are alternatives in the Windows Store. Facebook and Instagram have updated their apps to Universal Windows Apps, so yes, those apps are of the same quality and features found on Android and iOS. More and more developers are bringing their apps as Universal Windows Apps.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The issue isn't always one of choice though. A lot of businesses are buying into Google apps as their go to solution. If your company uses Google Docs and Sheets, for example, you are kind of stuck if you happen to own a Windows Phone device. When you get to other apps though user choice is a concern. Like you, I don't use Snapchat. But plenty of people do. Plenty of people also want to play Pokemon Go. Not having these as options can almost immediately take these devices out of contention. I also haven't seen the level of adoption you mention when it comes to Universal apps though. Quality still seems like a legit concern. At the end of the day, it's not hating on Windows Mobile. I want their devices to succeed. I want there to be a valid third option in the mobile world. But I find that pretending that the problem doesn't exist, or pretending that you get the same value from these devices does nothing to help the actual problem.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

But the issue is choice. It always is. And more businesses use Microsoft apps than Google's. Far more. In fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a business that doesn't use Microsoft apps. Microsoft is aiming it's handsets at businesses/enterprise. Enterprises could care less about games. The individuals buying Windows Phones are those that are aware of its app limitations, but choose Windows Phone anyway. Microsoft isn't concerned with consumers on a whole, anymore. Their primary concerns are enterprise and Windows fans. Nadella himself said as much. The apps that Windows Phones have are of the same quality and features as on Android and iOS. I know this because I use the Windows platform in addition to Android, BB10, and iOS. Value is subjective. There are those that get what they want and need out of Windows Phones. For businesses, that's definitely the case. I hear you on the "app gap", but you have to understand that only the average consumer is concerned with this. Enterprise is not. However, more and more developers have been making Universal Windows Apps. It may not be happening as quickly as one would want, but it is happening.

20. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

But what happens when choice isn't equal? If I want to pick between Google Apps or Microsoft ones, I can do that with any Android device or an iPhone. Should I choose Windows Mobile, I lose that choice. And I think you would very surprised at just how many companies use Google apps over Microsoft ones these days. Most startups, digital agencies, small tech companies and a variety of others are more entrenched in the lower cost options that Google provides. Larger companies are still more involved with Microsoft apps, admittedly. And I agree that Microsoft is absolutely targeting Enterprise. Their flagships are practically being sold strictly D2C (in most of the world) only. But I would argue that they're not doing it particularly well. They haven't really given Enterprise too many compelling reasons to pick their platform. BB10 did that amazingly well. Windows Mobile, less so. To be honest though, Microsoft has done a terrible job actually communicating what their mobile strategy is, and then executing on it. They've shifted so often at this point, that it's really hard to see what they want to target. Blackberry clearly communicates that security is their big focus. Apple moves into the realm of an all in one ecosystem that is heavily adopted. Samsung bakes in features and Knox. Microsoft has... I'm still not sure what. Without identifying what they want to target and putting together a comprehensive plan to do so, they come as an offering that doesn't quite compete. When you have three options for a device, and two of them do a bunch of things the third one doesn't, that third one will continue to struggle.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you're choosing a Windows Phone for Microsoft apps, you're definitely not concerned with what Google or iOS has. And the amount of companies that use Google apps over Microsoft apps is minuscule, at best. Windows is everywhere. There is a reason why Microsoft holds the lions share of the market when it comes to the desktop. And none of Google's or Apple's work apps compare to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Office Mobile, etc. While business may be hard pressed to switch from BB10 to Windows 10 for Mobile, it's still best for Microsoft to continue down this route. With Continuum, I could definitely see Windows 10 for Mobile offering competition to BlackBerry in this part of the market. Microsoft has communicated clearly enough that their mobile strategy is their Cloud and Software offerings, with Mobile phones, tablets, etc, being the vehicle to carry them. I think we will see more of this strategy play out next year. It's just that this year, Microsoft is focused on building the foundation for Windows 10, in general. I do agree that until Microsoft puts a more solid effort behind its Mobile Phone business, consumers and, to a lesser extent, enterprise, will be hard pressed to choose Windows Phones as an option, especially with very little marketing behind them. While Nadella has said that they are not giving up on Mobile phones, he's clearly a Cloud and Software guy. He has the business focusing on their strengths this year. Next year, we should see a strong push with mobile phones. If not, then yeah, Microsoft will remain in trouble when it comes to mobile phones.

27. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I disagree. The last three places I've worked (a very large video game company, a very large online media company, and an online publisher) have all chosen Google Apps over Microsoft ones. Anecdotal, sure, but I think it's indicative of the way a lot of companies are leaning. And I agree that Word, Excel and Powerpoint *are* superior, but by and large the Google suite will do everything that most users need. I have yet to see a great use case for Continuum. It's cool, absolutely, but I can't think of many situations where using your handset in this fashion is preferable to using an actual computer. That's Microsoft's company strategy. Their mobile strategy has been much, much murkier. They have waffled between being a platform supplier, a hardware partner, a competing OEM, and kind of back again. They've focused on the low end for a long time then shifted away, went a very, very long time without any flagships, and spent a ton of money not really hitting their goals. I agree that Nadella is very much a cloud and software guy, with a huge slant towards SAAS. I don't think they really know how mobile fits into it though. They want to service the needs of Enterprise customers, but still haven't really identified what those needs are, and how Microsoft is the best one to satisfy them. Right now, I honestly don't see a truly, and I mean *truly*, compelling reason for Enterprise to pick Windows Mobile over an iOs or Android solution.

33. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

" but by and large the Google suite will do everything that most users need." -Equivalent of using 3rd party apps on Microsoft. I'm in the trucking business and all our float has had Windows/Nokia phones through at&t. They're very rugged and have the best cameras out there, ideal for inquiring about parts.

41. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That's a bit of cherry picking from my statement to be fair, especially since that's related to desktop and not mobile. If Windows Mobile suits your needs and the devices you've owned are perfect for you, that is honestly awesome! I'm glad that you found something that suits your needs. The problem that arises is that other people have other needs, and the app gap can be a very real detriment to them adopting the platform.

46. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Okay, can you do a full blown Google suite with the latest Android by hooking it to a TV via hdmi like you can with these lumias? I honestly thought you were talking about mobile, since you know this is the subject at hand. You decided to troll instead of actually having a perspective on things, but yes it does fulfill my needs.

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And I work for a company that has 60million customers and growing every day. Know where android and ios sit? In a metal box that we pull out because we troubleshoot phones. We don't use google anything other than chrome, and even then, all extensions are disabled making it just a browser, which is why all links open in IE, as a user you have to force chrome. As well this company in one center has over 600 employees working 20hrs a day with over 1,000 computers at minimum and its own dedicated server room. No google docs in while your evidence is is not reality. That is like me saying because my family of 20 uses windows phone, all people use windows phone, that is what you just did. Continuum cases: Father in law owns cpr business - dedicated laptop to run a projector, old and is always plugged in. He has 4 laptops and a home pc. With continuum and remote desktop, he could work anywhere. Then when he gets to the cpr place of business, no need for a simply hit 'connect' to the projector and he now has a pc in his hand. While his phone is still on him since he already does that anyhow. No need to lug the laptop around. Case two: My work, manager leaves desk that is already using a laptop/dock with two monitors. Since my continuum literally picks up anything on the wifi, this includes rooms that are almost a football field away, the phone with hp workspace can replace the laptop. Smaller, lighter, and can take the work anywhere. Right now all the rooms have clunky sharing docks that take up way to much space. We can go more and more especially the medical field. Hell even my dentist can use it, I know because...tada...I did. Working as their IT support, I used continuum and remote desktop along with their desktops. Just because you cant see the benefits, because you think google docs rule (they don't by numbers standpoint), does not mean all do.

31. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Snapchat yes (not official, though, but still gets the job done) Every google app? We have the much more capable, fully offline Here maps available along with the "Find my Car" feature after you've parked. Does your android phone have AR like City Lens? Quality versions of Facebook? Of course, same with twitter and specially instagram (Via 6tag, much better than the crap android version that won't play instagram videos many times), Prisma? what is that for? what does it do? does your android phone offer continuum and a full blown version of Microsoft office that can allow you to keep working on things as you're on the go? Can your phone's battery last more than a day? Can you cook an egg via the overheating of your phone? probably. There's many caveats to android yes, but at the same time, windows phone is very capable.

43. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm not sure if you think I'm attacking your platform or something. I'm honestly not. I like Windows Mobile. I think it has some great points such as an amazingly fluid interface and a lot of built in software value. But, and the but is big, the app gap does exist. It's real. You can dance around the issue with rough equivalencies and various stopgap solutions, but it absolutely should be a concern for anyone buying a new device. The knowledge that the cool new apps that come out will, if you're lucky, grace your device months later. More likely they simply won't show up. If that's not a cancer for you, great! But for a lot of people (and I mean a lot), knowing that the apps they hear about, the apps their friends are using, the apps that they really want are available on their device is important.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You keep bringing up 'google this' If you have continuum then you have google docs, heck right now as I type this, my xl is hooked up to the xbox one, continuum on a tv via xbox, and having google docs via edge. Which is what continuum is all about. Having a windows phone negates a million apps, yes we know that, however, apps solve a phone problem not a desktop problem. And google docs has excel back and forth. So if I really wanted to, I would just upload that doc into excel/word and then send it back to them and they can open it in google docs on their android phone...or google docs on their pc. Which I bet is the way your company did it, and used the phone/tablet (if android) as an accessory. So if I truly need google...which I don't. I simply continuum my phone and go about my day.

49. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Don't forget that if you have unlimited data continuum is basically free tethering! :D

48. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I guess since I'm either working, hanging out with friends, hitting on girls and running I hardly ever feel out of the loop when it comes to apps. Because I used 6snap this chick couldn't tell I was saving her snap chats lol. I don't see this cancer you speak of, it might be due to me always doing my own thing, never following a fad or doing what everyone else is. I've come to a point where "if it doesn't benefit you don't mess with it" in life and boy has it not earned me tons of money. I can see high school teenagers worrying over the latest app for whatever reason, but an adult being? I just can't, unless they're still developing, but other than that, a sane adult wouldn't be worrying about those things, whatever that certain app can do. Try getting laid it might help you worry less about apps that you don't even know you'll need.

32. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

$400 for the camera. Camera is good.

4. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

you must be very productive...just what Microsoft are looking for as a customer

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

PokemonGO is for children and teens. If the basis of you buying a smartphone that's focused on productivity is whether it can run PokemonGO or not, then you should seriously rethink your priorities, IMO. These are great prices for these handsets.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Pokemon GO is for anyone that wants to play it. Not everyone has the same needs or wants from their devices. If a parent wants to play Pokemon because their kids does, that's their call. If young adults want to catch Pokemon because it reminds them of their childhood, that's their call too. The fact that this isn't an option is a problem. It's by far the most popular game around, and not being available on a platform hurts that platform. Microsoft needs to figure out a way to make their offering compelling despite its shortcomings.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Microsoft is selling its phones primarily to enterprise. They are not concerned with PokemonGO. Believe me. I just think that if your reason for buying a smartphone is whether it can run PokemonGO or not, then you have issues. But that's just me. That's why I said IMO, as in In My Opinion. Windows is compelling despite its "shortcomings". It's just that too many consumers are hung up on apps and the perception that if your phone doesn't have apps, it's not good. That is why Microsoft has shifted gears to selling primarily to enterprise. The problem with many people on this site is that they don't think that selling primarily to enterprise is a viable option, which is not true. Microsofts handset business can survive in the niche market of enterprise. They don't need to sell Android and iOS numbers to be viable. I wish people would pull their heads out of their butts and realize this. Windows 10 for Mobile is fast, fluid, and a pleasure to use.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Selling to Enterprise makes sense. But they need to actually do this in a meaningful way. If Blackberry continued BB10 handset development strictly in the Enterprise sector, I would be very happy. Because their devices offer a ton to that sector. I have yet to see a really compelling use case for how Windows Mobile does the same. But back to Pokemon GO. It doesn't need to be the primary motivator. It doesn't even need to be secondary. But if somewhere along the line it's something you'd like to have on your phone, it could be all the reason to just skip Windows Mobile. With more and more companies going BYOD, it does make the Enterprise market a little dicier.

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