Microsoft's cheapest Windows 10 phone, the Lumia 550, now costs only $119 in the US

Microsoft's cheapest Windows 10 phone, the Lumia 550, now costs only $119 in the US
If you want to buy a Windows 10 smartphone, but don't intend to spend too much on it, we're happy to inform you that the Microsoft Lumia 550 now costs just $119.95 (unlocked) at B&H Photo. However, only the white variant of the handset can be bought at $119.95. The black model is offered for $129 - which is still $10 less than what Microsoft is asking for the smartphone ($139).

The Lumia 550 is compatible with the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile (LTE included), and is, at the moment, the cheapest Windows 10 handset available in the US. Obviously, this is no high-end device. Its features include a 4.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, a 5 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage space. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's frugal (and not terribly fast) quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, and includes a 2100 mAh battery.

An alternative to the Lumia 550 would be the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL - this also runs Windows 10 (offering relatively similar features, though its screen is a larger, 5.5-inch one), and is currently sold by T-Mobile for $139.

So, are you planning to get yourself a cheap Windows 10 phone anytime soon?

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Lumia 550
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, Quad-core, 1100 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

If I remember correctly, only Microsoft and HTC use Snapdragon 200 and 210.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@hafini_27 Yes, Yes... It uses a Snapdragon 200 Series, so what? My ancient Nokia N70 (R.I.P) had just a 220Mhz Processor and a TINY 55MB RAM and yet this thing was fluid... The original iPhone had just 412Mhz processor with 128MB RAM and that thing too was fluid... My Microsoft Lumia 430 (Current Sidekick beside the Nexus 5) has a 1.2Ghz Dual Core Snapdragon 200 and 1GB of RAM and this thing too is fluid (BTW, its seems like a Monster in front of N70 & iPhone, isn't it?) My point is... If an OS runs fluid on humble hardware... Why complaining about lack of hardware muscle??? WHAT'S THE POINT, may I ask???

4. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Actually, I am not complaining one bit. I am just surprised that so few manufacturers use the 200 series. I am still contented with using my Xperia Z with its S4 Pro and find it perfectly capable for my daily use.

3. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well at least Microsoft is selling a Windows 10 smartphone that run on T-mobile as well as AT & T. USA Verizon Windows smartphone fans want to upgrade to a NEW Windows 10 mobile Flagship smart phone we were hoping Verizon would sell the 950 XL because AT & T did not want to carry it. Verizon Windows smart phone fans have NO Windows 10 Mobile flagship smart phone to upgrade to. we keep getting offers from Verizon to buy Android and Apple iphone flagship smart phones which we do not want. Microsoft-Verizon please get together and get Verizon Windows smart phones fans a new Windows Flagship smart phone

5. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

Cheapest W10 Lumia is 435

6. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

AT&T GoPhone version of the Lumia 640 is $30 at Best Buy. AT&T will unlock it for free on their website.

7. jimberkas

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

just gonna post about the Lumia 640 for $30. i bought one just to try windows on a phone and its a pretty decent phone. can't live without my apps, but I'm using it as a dash cam, gps, mp3 player. not bad for $30

8. Ronnnie

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Windows phones aren't fluid on 10, well atleast my 930 isn't. Perhaps the 640 (though it uses a much slower SoC) and newer phones are lagfree. I quite often get lag when switching tabs in browser, and on windows phone after only a couple of pages open it'll reload tabs most of the time. While the UI is generally and way smoother than Android or even iOS my main gripe though is with performance of certain apps I use. Facebook, Flipboard, and Spotify are example of apps that perform worse on my 930 than they do even on a lower spec Android phone. Spotify is very sluggish app on windows phone for some reason, I guess it's less of updates. The quality of apps on windows phone are severely lacking, it hard to recommend them to most people because of that.

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