Microsoft opens pre-orders for Nokia Lumia 635 in the US, asks $99 for AT&T's version, and $129 for T-Mobile's

Released earlier this month in Europe and Asia, the Nokia Lumia 635 is now available to pre-order in the US. At the moment, customers can find the handset only online via Microsoft Store, but that’s not a bad thing at all - because Microsoft lets customers pre-order AT&T’s Lumia 635 for only $99, and T-Mobile’s variant for $129. Both prices are available without contract, and are lower than the smartphone’s official recommended retail price ($189).

The Lumia 635 is the cheapest LTE-capable Windows Phone ever (and we included it in our list of best LTE smartphones under $300). It obviously runs the latest Windows Phone 8.1, while also featuring a 4.5-inch ClearBlack display with 480 x 854 pixels, 5MP rear camera, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and 512MB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 8GB of expandable internal memory, plus 7GB of free storage space on OneDrive.

Microsoft says that the Lumia 635 “ships when available” - so for now it can’t provide an exact launch date. In any case, the handset should be launched starting the coming months. Customers will likely also find the new device in AT&T and T-Mobile stores. MetroPCS also announced that it would offer the Lumia 635 later this year.

source: Microsoft Store (1), (2) via WP Central

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Lumia 635
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1830 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Mark7

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I'd pay just $49.99 everything is mid-range...

2. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Still no front facing camera aka (Selfie-Cam).

4. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

No front facing camera to reduce cost? Yes please. I don't think I'm the only one who doesn't use it.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

A .3mp FF camera is pretty damn cheap for a manufacturer to include. That said, it's a feature IDGAF about, especially on a budget phone.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There isn't even a camera flash for night shots. If Microsoft is reducing the price to $99 and $129, then they are really trying to get people to buy these phones.

18. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

I wonder why they're doing this though. An LED and a driver circuit to be built into the phone won't take much effort or spcae and it probably costs about 1 USD if not less. Holding it back is not cost cutting. It's denying customers a very good product.

3. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Has the 512MB issues bee fixed in WP8.1? My son has the Nokia 521 and most of the games/apps he wants to download doesn't support his phone since it's 512MB Ram. I'm afraid if I get the 635 he will run into the same issues.

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What are you talking about? Most of the apps on my L1520 work just fine on my L520 as well, except for maybe a few games. I think the 512 MB RAM "app problem" for WP has been exaggerated a lot.

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Very true. 99.7% of them, Many WP apps even those that require 1 GB are made compatible with low end devices.

24. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

It's the games that he wants to play. Asphalt 8, Temple Run 2, Sims etc...

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They wouldn't run properly even if the L521 had 1 gig of RAM since its just a dual core processor. You'd rather buy your son a Lumia 820/822/810 or even a 920 since those have excellent CPUs. And btw, Temple Run 2 runs now runs on WPs with 512 MB of RAM.

10. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

If you mean games like the Temple Run 2, is available for devices with 512 .

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Depends on the games, make sure to use parental controls on his live account. (i do and makes it a breeze), as well. If the app isnt supported it wont show up. So there is no, darn i cannot install app, from the store.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Everything about the 635 seems not-too-bad, considering that low price (especially with LTE), until you get to the 512mb RAM. I know WP isn't a memory hog and runs smooth, but 512MB means you can only play the simpler games. The lack of LED flash hurts too. Clearly, this phone is trying to undercut the Moto G and E. In some ways, it does. The Moto E doesn't have an LTE option, and the Moto G LTE is quite a bit more expensive, in the eyes of someone on a low budget. If all you need is connectivity and browsing, the 635 looks like a pretty dang good choice (and this is coming from a WP hater). Personally, I'd prefer to get a used-but-not-abused Nexus 4 16gb for about $160-180 and hack the LTE radio. In any case, the 635 certainly beats the crap out of the 520/1.

8. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Wish T-mobile would get a high end windows phone like AT&T and Verizon

11. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

They will, just wait until October according to EvLeaks.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

As long as it supports band 4 1700/2100MHz, you can use whatever phone you want. But of course you have to buy it up-front with no financing/installments or whatever they call it.

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I still don't get why T-Mobile's versions are more expensive. 520 was $99 when launched, the 521 was $149. Even now the 520 is $49 and the 521 is commonly $79-99. Unless there's a subsidy from the carrier to Nokia/Microsoft and AT&T's is greater. Great price either way, though.

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

T-Mo is probably banking on the allure of unlimited data (throttled after a point), and unlimited high-speed data on their top plan. A few bucks extra up-front with T-Mo can save you hundreds over a couple years, and for those who want unlimited data (especially high speed), T-Mo gives you the freedom of doing whatever you want for how long you want without worrying about data caps and overages. Very small price to pay for the consumer, IMO, and I don't think it's unfair for T-Mo to charge a few dollars more for the phone, especially considering it's off-contract and possibly unlockable.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Radios? in terms of bands... also could be like planterz said, unlimited data. 30 up front is nothing when you can get a $40 start plan and 50$ for unlimited. 80 for full unlimited.

12. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

At that price I may give 8.1 a try. Was thinking of going back to AT&T and this may do the trick. T-Mo sucks for me terrible signal almost everywhere I go.

19. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

I'm gonna wait for the Lumia 530 to come out hoping that it'll have a ffcam and LED flash. . . . . Years pass.. *dies waiting*

27. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

I find this very funny.

20. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Windows Phone fan.... Yawntastic....

21. bpcooper14

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2014

Since these are carrier locked i'm assuming, would it be possible to use on cricket or straight talk since both run on the at&t network?

26. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

They should with no issue.

23. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

No flash for the camera (that should be standard) = Next for me & fail.

28. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Prices are better than originally thought, but it's still a glorified 520. I can still get 620's unlocked new for less than $100, plus it has the front cam and the flash on the back..

29. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014


30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Basically most Microsoft store phone discounts are so they can tie your credit card (and hence your full identity) to your phone use. By selling your data, they more than make up for the small reduction in price they give you.

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