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The rise and fall of the Windows Phone… what went wrong year by year

ByinAnnouncements | June 6, 2017

Windows Phone

Last month Microsoft issued an official announcement on discontinuing works on Windows Phone OS. Since the system is dead, there will be no further developments, no successors to Windows 10 Mobile to compete with dominating the market Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Introduced by Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft’s strategy focuses on collaboration rather than rivalry. This is at least what the Redmond’s team tried to tell itself to explain the decision on giving up on mobile software venture.

However, we can’t forget that the Windows Phone path to failure is paved with a series of smaller successes and developments, which truth to be told Microsoft and its hardware partners have never received enough customer faith in. At the day of its debut, Windows Phone was considered the most original and innovative OS offering beating even the introduced three years earlier Apple’s iPhone. Unlike Android, the Windows Phone didn’t derive from the iconic iOS and worked fluently even on smartphones with basic tech parameters. To understand the reasons behind the Windows Phone failure we need to look back at the beginnings of this ill-fated mobile OS.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: The Best Windows Phones of November / December 2014

ByinAnnouncements | November 22, 2014

Best Windows Phones Guide
Looking for a decent phone for this holiday season? There are literally hundreds of smartphones on the market and even though some models may be similar, they are in fact not the same. Phones differ in a number of details – operating system, size, performance, battery life or durability to mention just a few. How do you choose the one that’s best for you? You can ask your friends, but unless they are some sort of experts, it’s unlikely that they will be able to comment on more than three or four models. Or you can keep reading our Holiday Shopping Guide for an objective opinion about the best Windows phones of November and December 2014, which may give you great holiday gift idea.

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Verizon slashed price for HTC 8X Windows Phone to the lowest point

ByinSales & Special Offers | December 27, 2012

HTC 8X Windows PhoneIn case you still haven’t purchased a Windows 8 smartphone, you may want to do so today, as Verizon is ready to offer you the HTC 8X for just $99.99 on contract. This is not the first time the carrier is discounting the Windows 8X Phone since the launch. Selling it for $199.99 at the beginning of December, the carrier added later on a $50 discount and now listing the handset at a half of its original price. This is not bad offer for a handset in its class. The HTC 8X offers a 4.3-inch 720p HD Super LCD2 display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with HD video capture, a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera with Full HD recording too, 16 GB of internal memory, 4G LTE and wireless charging feature which is missing at AT&T’s version.

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Good deals on Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC 8X for AT&T. Both phones on sale for one cent

ByinFREE Phones, Sales & Special Offers | December 8, 2012

Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC 8X for AT&T | Cheap PhonesYou have probably heard that before from us but we will say it again — if you shop for phones with third party retailers you are going to get a much better deal than directly from your carrier. Well, in most cases anyway. And on that note, it looks like Amazon Wireless has a pretty sweet deal on AT&T Windows 8 smartphones: the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 820. In short, they have the handsets available for just one penny, which is almost free.

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AT&T Windows 8 Phones on Sale: Nokia Lumia 920 for $49, HTC 8X for $39 and FREE Lumia 820

ByinSales & Special Offers | November 18, 2012

AT&T Windows 8 Phones on Sale: Nokia Lumia 920 for $49, HTC 8X for $39 and FREE Lumia 820Just two days ago we brought you news that Wirefly is selling the latest Windows 8 smartphones at lower prices than at T-Mobile and Verizon stores. Today, Amazon joined the party and added AT&T’s Windows 8 devices to its ranks and sells them way cheaper than carrier is currently offering. Here are few details. The Nokia Lumia 920 is on sale for $49.99, which is $50 less than at AT&T. The Nokia Lumia 820 is sold for almost free – for a penny to be exact. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is sold for $39.99, whereas AT&T charges $99.99 for the phone. The deals are good for new and existing customers and 2-year contract applies. Retailer did not disclose if this is a permanent or temporary price cut, therefore we advice to take advantage of the offer while it lasts.

more info: Amazon

T-Mobile and Verizon Windows 8 Phones on Sale – HTC 8X, Lumia 822 and Lumia 810

ByinSales & Special Offers | November 16, 2012

T-Mobile and Verizon Windows 8 Phones on SaleIf you are looking for tempting deals or sales on the newest Windows smartphones, we may have a good tip for you. Wirefly just launched sale for the latest Windows 8 phones released on T-Mobile and Verizon networks. For a limited time you can score the Windows Phone 8X, aka HTC 8X, at a price of$129.99 on two-year contract, which is $70 less than at carriers stores. The Nokia Lumia 822, exclusively released on Verizon network, can be yours for only $49.99 on contract which is $50 cheaper than at Verizon’s store. The Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile is on sale for $79.99 with contract, what generates $70 savings when comparing the price to T-Mobile’s retail price of $149.99.  Well, what do you think? Is it tempting enough? The time when the offer expires wasn’t disclosed, therefore we recommend to rush till quantity last.

source: Wirefly

HTC Windows Phone 8X debuted at Verizon and T-Mobile

ByinNew Phones | November 15, 2012

HTC Windows Phone 8XLast week we brought you news that the HTC Windows Phone 8X has been launched at AT&T network. Today two more carriers added the HTC’s Windows flagship smartphone to its offer, that is Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile.

If you would like to purchase the HTC 8X on Verizon network, it will cost you $199.99 with a new 2-year contract. For a phone without contract, you will have to pay $549.99. As of now, the only color available is Black. The Blue version is scheduled to arrive on November 19th, and the Red will be available 8 days later, on November 27th.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X is now on sale at AT&T

ByinNew Phones | November 9, 2012

HTC Windows Phone 8X for AT&TIn the market where most smartphones come with Android operating system, a phone with Windows is still somewhat of a rarity. If you do not want to be one of the millions of folks who flash their phones with the “little green guy” inside, then AT&T has just the right thing for you – the new HTC Windows Phone 8X.

The HTC 8X running the latest Windows 8 software is available in two colors: California Blue and Limelight, and two storage options: 8 GB and 16 GB. Note that the 16 GB model comes only in Blue. The new HTC Windows Phone 8X will set you back $99.99 for the 8 GB model or $199.99 for the 16 GB version. Of course, this is the price you will pay if you sign a new service agreement.

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Verizon now accepting pre-orders for Nokia Lumia 822 and HTC Windows Phone 8X

ByinNew Phones | November 9, 2012

Nokia Lumia 822The Nokia Lumia 822 and HTC Windows Phone 8X are available for pre-order at Verizon’s online store. Both phones running on Windows 8 and powerful 4G LTE network will officially land on store shelves before Thanksgiving, however, no specific date has been provided. The Nokia Lumia 822 cost $99.99 with two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate and is available in Black, White and Grey colors. The HTC Windows Phone 8X, aka HTC 8X, is priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract and is available in Red and Black colors exclusive for Verizon carrier.

Nokia Lumia 822 and HTC 8X Windows Phones coming to Verizon on November 12th

ByinAnnouncements | November 5, 2012

Nokia Lumia 822 and HTC 8X at Verizon | Cheap Phones
Nokia USA’s just updated its site, stating that the Nokia Lumia 822 released for Verizon Wireless network will arrive on two-year contract priced at $99.99. While no release date was officially announced yet, the Windows 8 smartphone has been rumored to be launching on November 12th at carrier’s network.

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Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC coming to AT&T this week

ByinAnnouncements | November 5, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 coming to AT&TAT&T just posted a banner with new Windows 8 smartphones coming soon to the carrier’s store – Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

There are couple rumors and unofficial information saying that AT&T is planning to launch the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 later on this week – 9-11 November. The Nokia Lumia 920 will be offered at price $149 on contract and Lumia 820 for $49. The new Lumia 920 will be offered in three colors: blue, yellow and white and may come with free wireless charge pad.

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Factory Unlocked HTC 8S with latest Windows 8 open for pre-order at price $349 without contract

ByinNew Phones, Phones Without Contract | October 23, 2012

Unlocked HTC 8S with Windows 8A few days ago we wrote about the HTC Windows Phone 8X. Today we would like to introduce another HTC smartphone with the latest Windows 8 lineup, the HTC Windows Phone 8S, also called in short HTC 8S.

Just like the 8X, the HTC 8S is now available for pre-order from Expansys at a lower price of $349.99. The phone is unlocked so it will be compatible with any GSM carrier and without contract so you will not be tied to a lengthy service agreement.

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Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X available for pre-order from Best Buy

ByinNew Phones | October 21, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920Best Buy just added new Windows 8 phones to its smartphones portfolio, becoming the second retailer in the US, next to Expansys, offering smartphones with the latest Windows software. The retail giant began accepting pre-orders for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X called in short HTC 8X. The new Nokia Lumia 920 is sold for $149.99 and the HTC 8X is priced for $50 less – price $99. Both devices require signing up 2 year contract with AT&T. If you would like to buy just the phone without a contract it will cost you $599.

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Unlocked Windows Phone 8X by HTC open for pre-order in the US without contract

ByinNew Phones, Phones Without Contract | October 17, 2012

Unlocked Windows Phone 8X by HTC | Cheap PhonesIf you want to be the first one to get your hands on the new Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Expansys will make it possible for you. The latest HTC smartphone running on latest Windows 8 is now available for pre-order in the US at a price of $629.99. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is off-contract and unlocked, which means it will be compatible with any GSM service provider, so you will be able to use your favorite features on any network without any problem.

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