Microsoft once again selling the unlocked Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL through its online store

Microsoft once again selling the unlocked Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL through its online store
Last week, Microsoft started selling the unlocked variant of the Lumia 950 XL through its US online store, and more recently, the standard-sized Lumia 950 received the same treatment. The product pages say that the Lumia 950 XL is readily available, but the Lumia 950 will only ship by February 8th.

Back in December, Microsoft's US web store stopped offering the factory unlocked variants of the flagship Windows 10 phones. While some of the company's retail locations in the US have been since spotted selling unlocked handsets, the company pointed interested online customers to the AT&T version of the Lumia 950.

In essence, we could say that AT&T's US exclusivity over the Lumia 950, one that has received intense criticism from Windows Phone fans, has reached its end.

The unlocked Microsoft Lumia 950 is priced at $549, while the phablet-sized Lumia 950 XL will set you back $649. Those are peppered prices for devices with mediocre design and build quality, but for Windows Phone loyalists, these are the only true flagships currently available on the market.

Interestingly, this development coincides with rumors claiming that Microsoft is finally ready to launch Windows 10 Mobile to older Lumias. Hopefully, the OS will soon be in much better shape than it was back in September when the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL left us with mixed feelings.

The two handsets definitely have great crisp displays, the processing power to match it, as well as pretty good cameras but the OS certainly didn't feel like a finished product. For a complete analysis of the two handsets, check out the reviews below:

source: Microsoft

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15 Comments

1. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

No.apps

3. Subie

Posts: 2348; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Got to be at least 500,000 + apps by now, but keep trolling though!

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

he is not trolling. Face it. 95% of those apps are CRapps.

5. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Accept the truth girl,

7. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

So I'm guessing 95% of Android and IOS apps are CRapps? Since I'm pretty sure you don't have a million apps on your phone?

8. Subie

Posts: 2348; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Not saying they've got more apps then the big two, but "Accept the truth girl" your trolling! Otherwise prove comment 3 wrong.

9. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Listen im not saying they have no apps at all but lets be honest the quality of their apps sucks and they always have some bootleg version of the apps android and ios has.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

then you are using the wrong apps, my youtube (tubecast) app alone is enough to put that argument to the wayside

11. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i have samsung s6 edge, had iphone before that, only apps i downloaded was some weather, ebay,500px,nba, those apps was on windows phone as well. so please stop this BS nonsense.

13. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

What apps are there not for Windows?

15. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Which apps are there that aren't more than a Mobile HTML website link ? Most EVERY website, that has a iOS/Android App ( minus some games ). can be accessed via their mobile HML website. You can then pin the website to the phone as a live tile. Viola you have a WP App.. MOST the time the banking mobile website is better than the app in the first place, and about 75% of the time the iPhone/Android APP does nothing but send you to the mobile website itself. So the "App gap" is a a BS one. If most these app creators simply created a live tile to install in the phone that went to the HTML website 90% of apps would be "on" WP.

2. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Very strange how PhoneArena fails to do any updated camera shootouts and comparisons with the new Lumias. I own the LG V10 so I'm good with my camera but it is very strange how quiet the site has been on camera battles.

6. theo14461 unregistered

R.I.P.

12. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

The Microsoft online store has always sold both of these phones, and they've been in brick-and-mortars too. They were out of stock online for a while, due to high demand.

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Bulls**t.. I called.. they sold them in EVERY MS Store in the WORLD BUT the US Store.. it was a AT&T Thing.. plain and simple. They lied. The few brick and mortars MS Stores ( Mainly flagship stores.. to playcate the masses in LA and NYC) that had them COULDN'T sell them to phone customers ( I tried..) and they didn't have a problem with stock.. AT&T had a ton in stock.. and they weren't selling well there. But they had a wink-wink agreement for exclusivity for 60 days on the 950XL (although they didn't sell it at AT&T, they kept it from being sold to the US customers) and 90 days on the 950 when it came to online sales.. all you have to do is the math. MANY stores in the US like Expansys, etc.. were getting their stock from the MS warehouse. You could order them from Amazon only and at a massive markup, not surprisingly they shipped from Redmond as well. Also they sold them at the MS Store for 3 hours !! in November.. I checked EVERY Day 2-3x a day.. until a few days ago they did not have them for sale. SO quit touting the MS BS Line.. they lied.

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