Walmart has dropped the price of the Nokia Lumia 710 from $49.99 down to free, with a contract for two years, within a week of its arrival in the U.S. market.
The only Nokia Windows Phone currently available in the U.S., the Lumia 710 is being carried by T-Mobile, which has been selling it directly for $49.99. This price point being charged by T-Mobile in U.S. is considered extremely aggressive for a smartphone. AmazonWireless.com is selling the Lumia 710 for $99.99. Best Buy is selling it for $49.99. Though price drops may be good for consumers, it is often a sign that the device is not selling well.
It has a 1.4-gigahertz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of storage and also offers a 3.7-inch LED display. Instead of touch-sensitive buttons, the Lumia 710 has physical buttons on the front of the phone that prevent you from accidentally hitting the back key while playing games on the phone. It has a gyroscope, Corning Gorilla Glass and a compass. However, the Lumia 710 lacks a front-facing camera.
According to Microsoft, the Lumia 800, currently available only in Europe, will hit the U.S. markets as an unlocked version in the coming months.