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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) - We're exactly one week away from
Microsoft's(MSFT - Get Report) big Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco, but we're starting to learn about pricing of some of the new and improved smartphones. Up until now, prices have been a very tightly guarded secret.
Over the weekend
Best Buy(BBY - Get Report) began taking orders for both the
Nokia(NOK - Get Report) Lumia 920 and
HTC's Windows phones. Both will operate on
AT&T's(T - Get Report) 4G data network.
As for posted prices, The Lumia 920 was going for $150 and the HTC 8X sells for $100. Both prices reflect discounts afforded to those who agree to a two-year contract.
Notice I said the Lumia 920 was going for $150. I used the past tense because Best Buy has removed that phone from its
WP8 pre-order Web page. There's no official word why the listing disappeared. We hope Best Buy did so because of high volume sales - not because of distribution or any other possible problems.
The HTC 8X is still available for pre-order, but the listing says the device "will ship when available." HTC's thin, flagship design, has a 4.3-inch touchscreen (capable of 720 by 1280 high definition video), LTE data speeds, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard flash storage plus Beats Audio and, of course, the completely overhauled Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Dell(DELL), LG and Samsung are among the other manufacturers who have announced new Windows Phone 8 devices.
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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