Microsoft's Lumia 950 won't be an AT&T exclusive

Microsoft's Lumia 950 won't be an AT&T exclusive
Yesterday, shortly after Microsoft announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, AT&T confirmed that it would launch the 950 in the US (possibly starting November). Since no other carrier revealed plans to sell any of Microsoft's two new smartphones, we were wondering if the 950 was an AT&T exclusive. Thankfully, it's not.

According to CNET, the deal between Microsoft and AT&T to sell the Lumia 950 "is not an exclusive one", which means that we might see the handset offered by other US carriers at some point. Of course, might plays an important role here - we don't know if the 950 will actually be sold by anyone else except AT&T and Microsoft.

The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are the world's first smartphones to run Windows 10 our of the box. The former is the smaller among the two, thanks to the fact that it has a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, instead of the 5.7-inch Quad HD screen of the XL variant. The Lumia 950 offers lots of other high-end features, including iris scanner, a 20 MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash and 4K video recording, 3 GB of RAM, a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3000 mAh battery with quick charging capabilities. You can find out more about the new Microsoft smartphone by checking out our Lumia 950 hands-on (video included).

Off contract, the Microsoft Lumia 950 will cost $549. Do you think this is the right price for the handset?


source: CNET via WinBeta

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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile

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40 Comments

26. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

"Off contract, the Microsoft Lumia 950 will cost $549. Do you think this is the right price for the handset?" Yes, if it came with 3200 mah battery and 64 GB base model, then it would have been. But not now, considering the fact that LG V-10 will be selling at the same price or may be even cheaper with in next couple of months.

36. Plutonium239

Posts: 1266; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The V10 doesnt have continuum, iris scanner, etc...

39. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and the Lumia 950 doesn't have apps.

40. Plutonium239

Posts: 1266; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It has plenty of apps, it just doesn't have snapchat, which is a pointless app that teenage girls use.

25. H8ersGonnaH8 unregistered

If Microsoft offers a financial program like Apple, Samsung, Motorola or Google it will be awesome.

34. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

They're partnered up with Barclay's bank, apply straight through them.

23. DFranch

Posts: 573; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The phone currently isn't listed with CDMA frequencies, so I wouldn't get your hopes up for Verizon or Sprint.

21. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Sprint needs some Windows Phones. $550 is a nice price for a handset of this size and specs. If only those new Windows laptops were sub $1200....

12. FreeDraickin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Reasonable price if someone considers the premium features that he's going to get...

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I'd say underpriced looking at the market and considering flagships for other OS start at 649$

19. Subie

Posts: 2476; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Too bad it's $750.00 and $850.00(XL) in Canada.

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

After exportation and currency fluctuations, you pay the same as we do. Or get a from expansys.

29. Subie

Posts: 2476; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That much mark up goes well beyond the currency exchange rate I'm afraid. A lot of other flagships out there have a price difference of only about $100 between Can and US, and they're more expensive to begin with.

31. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

And how do you know these prices? Only us and UK have been revealed.

33. Subie

Posts: 2476; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Microsoftstore.com/canada has them already listed. Not actually available to purchase just yet but the phones, details, and pricing are all there.

4. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

The phone itself and the features it offers, in addition to a new release it's actually under priced

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Under priced compared to an Apple product but probably not for anything else. Keep in mind, they have no issues bleeding money to win the war. The strategy failed hard with the ZUNE but it worked for the XBOX. $549 is definitely not the right price considering the market.

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Let's see the market: every flagship/HERO device for OEMs for their respective OS has been 649$+ also, no other mobile offers continuum, and certainly not many offer USB type C, in addition to the superior cameras. So yes considering the market it is underpriced. Haha didn't know people were stuck on zune, that's so a decade ago.

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

People don't know those things yet, which is why you have to price it lower until you can begin pricing it fairly.

13. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

What do you mean "people don't know these things" I get the generalizations that you're implying, but what exactly do you mean? Fair pricing would be 100$ more, you have to remember that this isn't an android, so 8 cores aren't required to function properly. In case you were basing everything from its chip set.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I sort of agree but I'm willing to take a chance at 549 myself. I've had so many android phones that cost more and had less.

3. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

This is part of the problem when it comes to Windows phone market shares. They get good phones and no one carries it. It is a catch 22: we don't sell enough so we won't carry it but we don't sell enough because carriers don't carry them.

15. Penny

Posts: 1882; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's true, but I put it on Microsoft to make sure that their device is at least available unlocked and carries the bands that would allow it to run on the greatest number of carriers. That's their best bet and what we're finally seeing happen in the U.S. lately. Hey I'm paying my carrier for the cell signal, the calling and the data. The device manufacturer can and should remain separate, and I should be able to swap out devices as I please. Unfortunately in the U.S. we have Sprint and Verizon, two CDMA carriers which makes them outliers globally. Doesn't help that Verizon and Microsoft have given each other no reason to satisfy the other. Customers get caught in the cross-farting.

22. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

A story on cnet said that no other US network wanted to sell these. Microsoft took an over 8 billion dollar loss on the Nokia purchase. Microsoft has been busy putting their services on Android and iPhone instead of releasing new Windows phones. It's time to say goodbye folks. Satya Nadella isn't sinking anymore money into cellphones after this.

35. Plutonium239

Posts: 1266; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You are completely wrong on this, Nadella has committed to making Windows Mobile devices, the reason the services have been pushed out to more platforms is because Nadella believes that becoming platform agnostic will help bring people over to the platform, and it generates more cashflow.

38. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That makes no sense. The platform agnosticism makes sense for a revenue standpoint in the short term, etc. but is utterly nonsensical with the belief it will bring people to W10. Bringing apps like Office over to Iphone and Android will just take away reasons people might consider it in the first place.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If Its On At&t And Its Not Exclusive, Then It Will Definitely Be Sold By T-mobile As Well.

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Not necessarily, I honestly doubt it, t mobile focuses on main stream stuff, if anything probably Verizon will carry it.

6. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

I hope Verizon carries it. From what I have seen there will be a lot of upset customers if they don't. The fact that they only announced the unlocked phones gives me a little hope.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

If you're with Verizon, I'd seriously suggest you changing providers unless you have an unlimited Internet line. I'm just switching my business line to att to get this phone, and use my passport as my business line and this lumia as my main driver, then switch back to t mobile (they pay for termination fees so I'm good). If anything look into at&t bro.

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