Just how bad are things going for Windows-powered smartphone sales in general and Microsoft’s latest Lumia flagships in particular? So bad that a recent survey of the US mobile market has shown dumb phones beating the 950 and 950 XL’s clique in Q1 2016 activations.
With Redmond’s focus aimed in other directions, the platform may seem doomed, but if affordability kept the spark of hope alive all this time, you’re about to be made an offer you can’t refuse.
In fact, the ultimate Lumia 950/950 XL deal is already up for grabs up north, while the US is left waiting for a sign. The Canadian Microsoft e-store has the unlocked Lumia 950 XL going with a free unlocked Lumia 950, and the terms and conditions clearly stipulate the “offer is available while supplies last”, in “Microsoft retail and online store in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada only.”
Surely therefore, the two-for-one high-end phone package will encompass North America really soon, especially as the promo is said to expire on Sunday, May 1.
On Canadian shores, the larger model still costs the equivalent of USD 670, but with CAD 749 (USD 590) in diminutive Lumia 950 savings, it becomes irresistible, at least for folks who can use two of these. At first glance, you could say desperate times call for desperate measures, yet the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and even iPhone SE have been sold in BOGO arrangements of sorts off the bat, so Microsoft practically avoided the inevitable for as long as humanly possible.
Update: It’s now live in the US, too.