NEW YORK (
) - We're exactly one week away from
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
began taking orders for both the
Lumia 920 and
Windows phones. Both will operate on
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
. 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.
, 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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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.