At the Mobile World Congress here on Monday, Microsoft for the first time showed off Windows 10 for phones and continued its evolving strategy of delivering low-cost Lumia devices that are attractive to emerging phone markets — and the growing prepaid phone market in the United States.
The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are brightly colored, can be upgraded to Windows 10 when that mobile operating system finally debuts, and although pricing may vary by carrier, they will start as low as 139 euros, or about $156, for a 3G version and €159 for a 4G LTE model. That translates to phones that are cheap or free with new contracts or on prepaid plans, or affordable enough to be bought outright. The Lumia 640 offers a 5-inch display, while the Lumia 640 XL is, not surprisingly, much larger, with a 5.7 inch screen.
The Lumia 640 XL will be available starting in March, and the Lumia 640 comes out in April.
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