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As it awaits Microsoft deal, Nokia cuts Lumia 1020 price to $200, now comes with free camera grip

The Lumia 1020 is one of better Windows(s msft) phones out there, and its 41-megapixel camera is arguably the best you can get on a mobile device. But its $299 on-contract starting price was a bit steep, with most other phones retailing for $199 or less. So if you’ve waited to buy a 1020 you’re in luck, as Nokia has just given the phone a permanent price cut to a much more reasonable $199. And if you need some more incentive, the phone now comes with a free camera grip that retails for $79.

This price places the 1020 in line with other top phones on AT&T like the Moto X, LG G2, iPhone 5, Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. It also helps to keep it competitive against other Windows phones, though the 1020 is still the priciest of the bunch. After all, you can get the Lumia 928 on Verizon for free with a contract, and aside from the camera, that phone is very much comparable to the 1020. And back on AT&T you can get the Lumia 925 for $100 less, but again, you’re losing out on the 41-megapixel camera. Even $100 is a pretty high premium to pay for a better camera, which is what made the 1020’s initial $300 pricing seem so high.

This is probably the price the phone should have started at if Nokia was really hoping for it to be competitive in the market.  Perhaps we’ll see more lower-priced Lumias once Microsoft takes over Nokia. Or maybe this was just a last-ditch effort to move some phones before Apple(s aapl) announces two new iPhones next week.

7 Responses to “As it awaits Microsoft deal, Nokia cuts Lumia 1020 price to $200, now comes with free camera grip”

  1. Fred Flintsone

    Just spent 30 days on VZ’s 98. great camera but 2 factory resets(wiping out hard drive) a bottomless pit of soft ones( equivalent of taking out battery) and one failed backup later I returned it. WP8 is nice platform but BUGGY as any windows mobile or Nokia forum shows raging from update , battery life, audio,text and storage issues. The 170,000 windows apps is pure fiction, MS marketing, most of those don’t belong on any app store

  2. The Nokia 1020 has no chance to take off until it’s available on all 4 major carriers. The strategy of giving carriers exclusives has failed in the US. If MS wishes to do better in the US they need to do what Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG have done.

    • That was the big failing point for them indeed. Someone wants the 920 but it’s only available on one or two networks, while the 820 is available on another etc. In canada, Rogers got the exclusives, in US, Verizon and At&t did. Some people don’t want to go with these providers.

  3. Even though Nokia tanked, their CEO is a beast. It wouldn’t surprise me if they gave him the head job at Microsoft.

    The market needs a big 3rd player badly, good luck Microsoft / Nokia.