Nokia Lumia 800 Coming to US Next Week, But There’s a Catch

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While the LTE-capable Lumia 900 may have been the big news to come out of the CES for Nokia fans in the US, we also learned a bit more about plans to introduce the 800 to the country, as well. That much came courtesy of Microsoft, which revealed its intent to begin carrying the Lumia 800 in its retail stores. Details of that plan have now been leaked, claiming that sales of the 800 will start on February 14, but the phone might end up being just a little more expensive than you thought.

When we first heard of Microsoft’s intent, it was clear that the company would only be selling unlocked Lumia 800 handsets, so we’re obviously talking about a lot more money than you’d shell out for a device through a carrier. Right now, we’re seeing the phone go for about $500 from several online retailers, so we were thinking Microsoft might sell the handset in the $500-$600 range. Instead, today’s rumor claims that the only way Microsoft will sell you the 800 is as part of a bundle, bringing your total cost up to a whopping $900.

As part of the package, Microsoft would sell the phone alongside a Nokia Play 360 wireless speaker, Purity HD headphones, and a Bluetooth headset. If you want to buy an 800 from Microsoft, you’ll have no choice but to pay for this audio gear, as well. There’s the possibility that Microsoft might end up selling the phone by itself at some point in the future, but this is supposedly the only way the company will be parting with the phone when it arrives on February 14.

Source: The Verge

Via: Electronista

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