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Amazon Selling the Nokia Lumia 900 For $39.99

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Amazon is currently selling the new Nokia Lumia 900 for as low as $39.99 USD with a new two-year contract.

For AT&T customers eying one of Nokia's Windows Phone 7 devices as an upgrade, Amazon is offering the stylish new Lumia 900 on the cheap... real cheap. So cheap, in fact, you have to wonder what's up. Are Nokia's phones failing on the market even though they're getting great reviews? Or is Microsoft merely trying to saturate the market with this flagship device before the arrival of Apple's iPhone 5, taking a hit in the wallet?

For customers looking to establish a new individual or family account, the AT&T exclusive Lumia 900 (in black only it seems) costs $49.99 plus a two-year contract. But now here's an interesting twist: for current AT&T subscribers looking to upgrade their existing phone, the Windows Phone 7.5 gadget can be purchased for a cheaper $39.99 with a two-year contract renewal. Want to add a line? The phone costs $49.99 for an individual account and a meaty $139.99 for a family account. Getting the device as a replacement phone will cost subscribers $449.

Nokia's Lumia 900 is an extremely attractive phone sporting Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 OS. Hardware specs include a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm single-core SoC, a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (480 x 800), connectivity to AT&T's HSPA+ network (4G) and 802.11b/g/n for Wi-Fi. Other features include an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1MP front-facing camera, 16 GB of internal storage (14.5 GB available), 512 MB of RAM, HD 720p video recording, Bluetooth 2.1 and more.

The Nokia Lumia 900 made its debut at the top of Amazon's best seller list after its launch on April 8. Since then, the gadget has fallen down to the fifth position, beat out by the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx 32 GB (Verizon), the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G (Verizon), the Samsung Brightside (Verizon), and the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G (Sprint).

InformationWeek suggests that the drastic drop in price may have something to do with sluggish sales of Windows Phone devices overall. Citing numbers ComScore released earlier this week, Windows Phone's U.S. market share fell to below 4-percent in March. Windows Phone 7, which launched at the end of 2010, has been praised by many for its innovative new approach to pumping live data to users on the main screen, but that praise hasn't translated into sales. But let's be honest here: there have only been a handful of different Windows Phone 7 choices since the start, and this latest edition -- Nokia's Lumia 900 -- is the most visually impressive of the bunch.

But Microsoft has some work to do. It dragged the ball in the mobile sector for so long that it's having to play catch-up at a rapid pace. What will help the platform is the release of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 which will offer a more personal, universal experience. Until then, Microsoft will likely keep pushing the adverts for the current device which claims that everything before it was just beta testing. Clever, for sure.

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    Northwestern , May 4, 2012 5:41 PM
    frozonicsay whatever you want, but there is no phone as good as the iPhone.

    Apple Users: MY FONE IS BETTUR!
    Android Users: NO MINE IS BETTUR!
    Windows Users: Screw you both, Mine is better.
    Blackberry Users: Wake up.
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    phatboe , May 4, 2012 5:39 PM
    Waiting till Windows phone 8 drops before investing in a 2 year contract with a phone that may or may not become obsolete once the new OS drops.
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    BringMeAnother , May 4, 2012 5:16 PM
    I'm waiting for the day where the could cram a full desktop OS on a smart phone. A full desktop OS with tweak to the interface for small touch screens that is.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 5:20 PM
    Great deal for someone looking for an iPhone alternative, as this is its only real competition!
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 5:29 PM
    Tech_GENIUS 05/04/2012 7:20 PM
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    Great deal for someone looking for an iPhone alternative, as this is its only real competition!

    Tech genius? more like Tech ignoramus! There are so many phones better than the iphone! so many!

    Lets start with Samsung and HTC. You = epic fail
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    hoof_hearted , May 4, 2012 5:30 PM
    Being able to stealth tether with PDANet, being able to bring my handbraked mkv dvd collection onto 32GB SD and watch movies on the treadmill, google maps and navigation for free, ... I think my SG2 or the many other Android devices make for real competition.
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    monsta , May 4, 2012 5:37 PM
    frozonicsay whatever you want, but there is no phone as good as the iPhone.


    iphone's are crap , I've returned 3 already....never again will I get an iphone even if its for free....they are rubbish!
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    phatboe , May 4, 2012 5:39 PM
    Waiting till Windows phone 8 drops before investing in a 2 year contract with a phone that may or may not become obsolete once the new OS drops.
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    getreal , May 4, 2012 5:40 PM
    monstasamsung and androids are crap , I've returned 3 already....never again will I get an Android or Samsung product even if its for free....they are rubbish!


    Fixed!
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    Northwestern , May 4, 2012 5:41 PM
    frozonicsay whatever you want, but there is no phone as good as the iPhone.

    Apple Users: MY FONE IS BETTUR!
    Android Users: NO MINE IS BETTUR!
    Windows Users: Screw you both, Mine is better.
    Blackberry Users: Wake up.
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    dark_lord69 , May 4, 2012 7:24 PM
    "with a new two-year contract."
    who cares? you can get free phones with a 2 yr contract
    ones with specs too...
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 7:46 PM
    this was just rated as a top phone along with iphone and latest samsing galaxy / android on cnet. I just traded my iphone for it and am super happy that I did so! Windows Phone is an Amazing phone OS. I can't beleive this low price.
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    IAmVortigaunt , May 4, 2012 8:03 PM
    Quote:
    InformationWeek suggests that the drastic drop in price may have something to do with sluggish sales of Windows Phone devices overall. Citing numbers ComScore released earlier this week, Windows Phone's U.S. market share fell to below 4-percent in March.


    First of all, the market share decrease includes both Windows Phone 7 and the discontinued Windows Mobile 6.5 and before. Second of all, the data is as of March, which does not include Lumia 900 sales. So how exactly do the ComScore numbers suggest much about the Lumia 900?
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    alextheblue , May 5, 2012 3:22 AM
    dark_lord69"with a new two-year contract."who cares? you can get free phones with a 2 yr contractones with specs too...
    You know, if you print the specs out in small print and tape it to the back of the phone... yeah, they still don't mean a *#%ing thing. A fancy CPU doesn't guarantee results. Poorly optimized software (or anything written in Java) has been proving this for years on PCs.
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    eddieroolz , May 5, 2012 3:41 PM
    Heck I'm a BlackBerry guy but I'd pick one up at that price.
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    beetlejuicegr , May 5, 2012 8:49 PM
    cmon guys! anyone that can request lumia 900 as upgrade? i will pay him double the amount he payed for that, even triple :) 
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    del35 , May 6, 2012 11:40 AM
    Quote:
    I just traded my iphone for it and am super happy that I did so! Windows Phone is an Amazing phone OS. I can't beleive this low price.


    The phone is superior to the iPhone 4s and doesn't feel as clunky and jaily. Though I would not trade my Samsung Galaxy s2 for it. I could see getting an unlocked Lumia 900 and using it as a second phone when traveling.
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