We — along with countless other observers — have questioned Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile strategy before, but it doesn’t seem like the company has any intentions of adding new launch partners for its Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones.
The phone will only be available on contract or with carrier financing via AT&T. You can get an unlocked version off-contract, but you’ll have to pay full retail price for the handset ($549 for the Lumia 950, $649 for the Lumia 950 XL) and purchase it from a Microsoft Store.
Unshaken by the critics, Microsoft and AT&T announced today that the Lumia 950 will be be available exclusively in AT&T retail stores starting November 20th. For those that simply can’t wait to get the Lumia 950, AT&T will open up preorders for the smartphone stating tomorrow morning online at att.com.
As for AT&T pricing, the Lumia 950 will be available for $149.99 with a new, two-year contract. If you opt for carrier financing, you can obtain a Lumia 950 for $19.97/month, $24.96/month, or $29.95 per month using Next 24, Next 18, and Next 12 respectively. In addition, AT&T will also allow you to purchase a Surface 3 for $399.99 with a two-year contract if you purchase a Lumia 950 on Next.
The Lumia 950 is powered by Qualcomm’s potent Snapdragon 808 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and includes 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, a 5.2-inch WQHD (2560x1440) display, 20MP PureView rear camera, 5MP selfie camera, USB-C port and a removable 3000mAh battery. The smartphone is also compatible with the $99 Microsoft Display Dock HD-500, which turns your Lumia 950 (or Lumia 950 XL) into a fully-fledged Windows 10 desktop PC via Continuum.