AT&T Aggressively Pricing Windows Phone 8 Handsets

By Wesley Fenlon

The first Windows Phone 8 devices arrive this Friday on AT&T. Verizon plans to follow within the month.

Selling Windows Phone 8 devices well below the standard $200 contract price is one way to lure in new users. The flagship Windows 8 phone, Nokia's Lumia 920, hits AT&T November 9 for only $100 on two-year contract. The smaller Lumia 800 will cost only $50. Its specs don't measure up to the flagship phone, which offers a 1280x768 4.5-inch "PureMotion HD+" display and an 8.7 megapixel camera. Buy the Lumia 920, and AT&T will throw in a wireless charging plate for free.

Nokia's phones aren't the only Windows Phone 8 devices going on sale in November--AT&T plans to start selling the HTC Windows Phone 8X before Thanksgiving. It's running a 1.5GHz Snapdragon just like the pair of Lumias, though the screen sits somewhere in the middle: it measures 4.3 inches and 1280x720 pixels. A 2.1MP camera with a wide angle lens sits on front of the device, just in case you want to crowd a few people around the phone to video chat. The back houses a more standard 8MP camera with a nice f/2.0 aperture.

Like the Lumia 920, the 8X starts at $100 on-contract, though that's with only 8GB of internal storage. A 16GB option runs $200. All three smartphones come with a nice 1GB of RAM. Verizon is expected to announce the HTC 8X for its network as well. Expect the carrier to get into the Windows Phone 8 game before Black Friday.