Microsoft giving away a free Display Dock to U.S. and Canadian Lumia 950 XL buyers

In some countries, Microsoft is giving away a Display Dock with the purchase of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. Valued at $99 USD, the accessory is used to help hook up either phone with a monitor and keyboard, turning it into a PC. On Friday, Microsoft finally let inquiring U.S. and Canadian consumers  know that they will receive a free Continuum Display Dock with the purchase of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

But shortly after releasing details of the deal in both countries, Microsoft removed references to the Lumia 950. That means that only buyers of the larger-screened (and larger priced) Lumia 950 XL will receive the dock for free. And in the U.S., the Lumia 950 XL will not be available from any carrier. The only place to get the phone will be the Microsoft Store.

To qualify for the free dock, you must purchase the Lumia 950 XL and register it with Microsoft between November 25th and January 31st, 2016
. You will receive a promotional code from Microsoft that you can use on the Lumia Offers app on the Microsoft Store, to pick up your free Display Dock. That must be done before February 29th, 2016. Once supplies run out, you are out of luck.

The Microsoft Store lists the Lumia 950 XL as "coming soon," with a price of $649. You can pre-register for the device by clicking on the sourcelink. Give Microsoft the info they request, and you will be notified when pre-orders for the phablet are being accepted.

source: MicrosoftStore via WindowsCentral

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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. fyah_king unregistered

Will they be selling this early 2016?

2. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

This whole launch has been terrible so far and this is another mistake. I feel as though msoft has written of the phones already, they were an afterthought at the launch event and at least in my region they dont have any details about the release.

4. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

It's like they dgaf, because they are making billions off of Android.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

They announce it in October just like Lumia 1520 and just like Lumia 1520 it got release end of November, how is it any different from that release and this release?

28. Furbal unregistered

They need to give a damn release date. I need to know if I am going to return my v10 to get the 950xl...

3. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

it's the right phone, but the apps store (still) doesn't have enough apps.

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

why not they have 600000 plus apps. there are some that apple and android smart phones have the MS windows smart phones don't have but I expect Microsoft will get in the form of Window 10 Universal app

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because everyphone needs 1million! How not so long ago we celebrated googles 400k mark like it was some kind of second coming. What WP needs is not app count, its normal every day apps that are immediately built for both ios and android, like city apps for metro, or bank apps, etc. While I don't need a bank app, I can see how others might. While we can excuse the countless worthless apps that are probably 3/4ths of any app store, its the major ones that people freak out on.

5. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

release it already.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

The new Lumia phones are just place holders for the Surface Phone. These phones are just to placate Windows Phones users. Sad, really, as the new Lumia phones appear to be great handsets that could truly benefit from a proper marketing push.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Indeed I feel that way, but will be a nice upgrade that will see more use after I get rid of it.

23. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I doubt that's going to be the case, but even if that were, still beautiful devices that will definitely piss off carriers that have unlimited Internet users.

7. gazmatic

Posts: 812; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I get paid next week. Just in time.

8. cawafuoshi

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

I do have a soft spot for Windows Phones. Snatched up a cheap 640 after having had a placeholder 635 until the iPhone 6. Got a free 521 from Tmo in one of their promotions some two years ago. Lot to like about the OS from a perspective of user friendliness. Love to rearrange my tiles once in a while. Nevertheless, a cheap Lollipop handset lured me away from iOS and WP. It behaves, feels, and sounds (audio) like a great midranger despite being low end. Really surprised by how far Android has come, its looks and feel. The 950 series seem to be good phones and continuum has more to it than I originally thought. Guess the camera will be second to none. Just don't trust the fact that Windows 10 mobile is yet another reboot of Windows Phone with all its draw backs of some app incompatibility and such. Pricing doesn't help either but seeing the dock thrown in surely is enticing. Tending toward the Moto X to replace my broken iPhone 6 after all but would consider the Lumia/Surface phone once it becomes clear how well Win 10 mobile is received and supported by community, developers, and MS alike.

10. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

There was incompatibility when windows phone 10 beta started but after a couple new updates of the beta every app works now, when you write your post be careful how you write your words cause someone who did not have windows phone but was interested would come and read and think something like app incompatibility a problem when it's not. It's nice you have a soft spot tho. What midrange or low end android did you use that you like, my brother bought one from amazon for 70 and it's no good, the company was Blu bUT i can not remembe which blu phone. He didn't use it for a month but it got slower and freeze up more. I will say android have improve for example the galaxy s5 it lag and freeze, or sometimes the keyboard take 20 seconds to come up, but it never reboot, back then android phones would reboot all the time, so it shows things are improving, but me personally I would never advise someone to get a low end or mid range android cause if the galaxy s5 can lag or freeze or keyboard do not come up and etc it would be worse for the cheaper android phones with older updates. A lumia 640 won't give any of these problems, so I would trust paying 40 to 70 for one of those. This how I see if a person only have 40 to 70 to spend on a phone windows phone is the best bet for no problems, if they want to spend 100 to 650, they could get android or windows or iphone it don't matter

14. cawafuoshi

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

Typing this on a 640 as we speak. I am pretty much platform agnostic. Love Cortana, dislike Siri, love my tiles, enjoy iOS and Lollipop a lot, love my Macbook Air, enjoy using my Windows 10 desktop. No need for fanboyism rather harvesting the good stuff that can be had. Didn't know they solved compatibility. Good. Got the Moto E at BB for a $39. Feels absolutely great in my palm so much that I start loathing the boxy Lumia design. The Moto is a second line while the Lumia is replacing my iPhone 6 Plus until I either replace it with Jump or get an Android. The Moto E is very snappy, Lollipop proper a joy to use. Will it slow down? Perhaps, but then, my Lumia 640 has become very sluggish. Hardly any apps or files installed, I register plenty of wrong clicks and typing on screen has become a chore because of it. Either it's the digitizer, Ram or flash, or it's the OS. Not sure what to do. Soft resets haven't helped.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

if you have a memory card installed, pull it out, start the phone up, soft reset, keep memory card out and retest. I see a lot of android and wp slowdowns because of memory card issues.

9. cawafuoshi

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

Oh if someone cares: Loved my iPhones all these years and that it broke was completely on me. Nevertheless, Android got me si excited now...

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Nothing sad, these phones are great phones no matter how you slice it, cause if you going to go with what you saying then nobody should buy the galaxy s7 because it's just a placeholder for the galaxy s8......point is, a new phone always come out next year, and for Microsoft their flagship always come out the end of November even though they announce it in October, they did this with Lumia 1520, I feel they should juse change their announcement date to November so people do not have to wait so long after announcing it.... either way I will do AT&T Next for 1 year and upgrade next November for whatever that comes out

15. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'll its time for devices with S820, not S808/810.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

if I did that, I would still be on my commodore 64...

20. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

While I agree with the notion, there is somethin g to the fact that this was indeed the last flagship phone to use the much maligned SD810 chip.. A sad truth for being the first flagship from MS in nearly two years and it's first mobile standard for W10 and continuum.. In the run up to the lumia 950 (when they were still calling it 940) The hype was so real! ... but MS deflated that hype by not being first in line with the SD820 and then seemingly forgetting about the phone after the oct. 6 announcement.. It's unclear wether they realize how bad people WANT to cheer for W10 mobile. They want this product, but they want MS to want them to want it and not act like even MS thinks the phone to DOA.

21. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

It's releasing less than a month following the Nexus 6P--a phone that has had universal praise heaped upon it. The incidental fact that it's "last" makes little difference. It has every potential in the world to be just as compelling than the Huawei made 6P (with obvious OS/app differences). If you're a user who is more feature-focused, then I don't see any reason why you wouldn't love a handset like the 950XL compared with the Nexus 6P.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes it is, but hardly super late, getting a November release is normal for MS. 820 is not out yet, and probably wont hit phones till April. Which sure MS could wait another 6 months, but then people would be hurt yet again. What is hurting them is simple marketing. They didn't bow to a carrier demands and now people have to buy it from MS. Because of this, MS needs their own payment plan, or else people will buy something on carrier cause its cheaper up front. Can it be considered a stop gap? sure, but what phone isn't...

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

There are different levels of passing. Kind of like buying stocks, you have to know when to wait and when to buy and now is not the time to buy when it's the perfect storm against buying. The Sd820 being way way way way better for its generation than the sd810 and considering everyone is thinking the next lumia will be rebranded as the surface Phone and along with it the same level of build upgrade as the surface pro and surface book. Unless you plan to upgrade again in a year or are a Windows sheep(do those even exist in the wild?), you don't buy now for sure.

22. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

So, back from a visit to the new MS headquarters here in Denmark, and a hands on experience with the new Lumias! B-) I must admit that I have been vocal in my criticism of the design language based on renders and photos on the web so far; I take most of it back!!! For those, like me, who have been worried that the 950 and 950 XL have borrowed too heavily from the design of the 630 and 640, despair not; the 950's are in another league. The feel of these phones is much more premium! The polycarbonate seems more solid in some way, and the design is different; subtly but decisively! The side are straight, not angled Surface style, and the devices are tangibly thinner. The display on the XL, while not curved like on the 920, 720, etc., is ringed by an angled hard rubber lining, which feels smooth, so no protruding ridge, thankfully! The regular 950, unfortunately, has a protruding rubber lining. It's thin like on the 630, but sticks out more, similar to the old Lumia 900; you'll feel it every time you handle the phone! :-( Thankfully, the two phones are almost identical in size despite the difference in display size, so unless you're REALLY pressed for cash, I see no reason to go for the regular 950. Coming from a 1520, I won't think twice about which one to go for, and to be honest, I won't think twice about getting the XL. That is one fantastic device, and I'm preordering as soon as I finish this comment! By the way, the camera has a thin metal ridge around the black glass disk, that protrudes a fraction of a millimeter to protect the glass from scratches - awesome! They also had a few Mozo back covers lying around; they looked as good in real life as on the promo shots, but me not being a big fan of metal sides, I'm hoping they'll issue some with white/black polycarbonate sides as well... I also got to test drive Continuum, and I must say I was impressed. Running a Powerpoint presentation from your phone, with notes visible on the phone but hidden on the big screen, and the phones display functioning as a track pad... Such a smooth and effective experience! Brilliant! And the new foldable bluetooth keyboard was excellent as well; it felt perfectly usable in the short time I had to try it out, and was the size of a CD cover when folded, so very practical in terms of mobility... In short; if you were anxious about these new Lumias, be at rest! I was extremely skeptical up till now, but came away from my hands-on experience thoroughly impressed! On a side note... They had a single Surface Book on show, and design-wise it beats the regular Surface devices by a mile! Too bad it'll cost a small fortune, and won't hit the shelves around here for at least another 6 months...

24. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Oh, and an MS employee confirmed that the display dock offer is valid for both 950's, at least here in Denmark...

26. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Sounds great for AT & T customers. I am Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 Owner and there is no Microsoft brand or older Nokia brand Flagship Windows 8.1 smart phone that they sell online or in their store locations. I hope that Microsoft and Verizon bury their Tomahawks and give us Verizon Windows smart phone customers a for real deal Microsoft brand Flagship smartphone. 'Hell since AT & T do not want to carry the 950XL could verizon allow Microsoft to sell a Verizon version of the 950XL that Verizon will sell voice & data plans to and activate it to work on their network this way Microsoft give it's Verizon Windows smart phone users an upgraded smart phone and make some cash and Verizon makes cash by selling MS 950XL Verizon smart phones owners voice and data plans. everyone get some GOODIES in this deal. yoo Verizon give it a try. You seem not to want to sell one Microsoft brand Windows flagship smart phone for your windows smart phone customers let Microsoft do it and you make money off selling voice and data service plans. or else face Losing Windows smart phone customers !

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