Microsoft is soon to halt sales of the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone and it looks like the company wants to clear out as much stock as possible. Instead of discounting the phone which we’re sure will happen as the EOL date closes in, the Redmond giant is now offering the device unlocked and SIM-free in the US through its online store.
Additionally, other retailers including Best Buy will also sell the device sans contract. So far, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has been exclusive to AT&T in the US. The unlocked model which is priced at $549 will work with the said carrier and T-Mobile.
Also, it comes with LTE radios which are compatible with 4G networks from both providers. Just yesterday we reported that Microsoft will stop sales of the handset on September 14. Well, WPCentral is reporting based on information provided by their sources that the device will reach EOL status on October 15 instead.
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The main attraction of the smartphone is its imaging capabilities. It comes with a 41MP PureView camera, making it a true successor to the Nokia 808. The large sensor is clubbed together with the Nokia Pro Camera app which provides manual controls for adjusting the focus, changing the shutter speed and more.
Nokia Lumia 1020 specs:
– Windows Phone 8 OS (upgradable to 8.1 via Cyan update)
– 1.5GHz dual core processor
– 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
– 4.5-inch OLED HD display
– 1.3MP front camera
– 41MP PureView rear camera
– 2000mAh battery
It’s pretty clear that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is soon to meet its doom, then why is Microsoft showcasing it in the latest Windows Phone ad? Head over to the Microsoft store if you wish to purchase the phone unlocked. Or click this link to get the subsidized version for $99 with a new 2-year contract.