T-Mobile Lumia 635 available for pre-order from Microsoft [Update: Removed]


Update: Well that’s no fun. Microsoft just got in touch to inform us that the pre-order page contained inaccurate information, and has been removed. 

Recently a Nokia Lumia 635 pre-order offer for AT&T and T-Mobile customers was published on the Microsoft Store, and was subsequently removed as it included inaccurate information. We expect pricing and availability for the Lumia 635 to be announced by our U.S. carrier partners at a later time. “

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced the world to its next generation of Lumia devices. Its budget-friendly model, the Lumia 635 was confirmed to be on its way for T-Mobile. But we didn’t have any specific date for release, except that it would be June/July.

But we’re getting close to release now. Microsoft has finally made the T-Mo compatible model available for pre-order, and it’ll set you back a cool $129, off-contract. Not bad at all when you consider the specs:

  • 4.5-inch, 854×480 display (221ppi)
  • 5MP camera with AF and 720p video recording
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Qi-compatible wireless charging
  • Removable and interchangeable rear shells

More importantly – in my mind at least – is that it comes powered by Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s latest mobile OS with the impressive Cortana digital assistant and the Swype-inspired “Flow” keyboard as well as the usual bundle of Nokia software solutions.

As for release date, again, the placeholder on Microsoft’s Store isn’t clear. It simply states “Ships when available”. We’re not sure when it’s going to land on T-Mobile store shelves either.

If you want to pre-order, head on over to the Microsoft Store.

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  • mofay

    Micro SD slot? A must whit only 8gb. Otherwise, very nice specs for that price.

    • BlackJu

      Yes, up to 128 GB. With 8.1, you can install apps and games to SD.

      • goma

        They have games? Lol…actually havent tried 8.1 yet…a bit tempting this one is

        • notyourbusiness

          Yes, there are many games on the Windows Phone Store. I’ve got tons installed on my 810 that’s running 8.1 and that I recently got a 64GB SD card for.

  • AK

    For existing customers, the T-Mobile online store has the Lumia 925 (refurbished) for $150, though it is not eligible for the EIP. It is $200 for new customers, and also not eligible for the EIP.

    It’s too bad that T-Mobile, the fastest growing carrier, does not have any top tier Windows Phone devices.

    • John

      Well the lumia 925 used to be a top tier phone. It was exclusive to at&t for the first 6 months of release and was called the lumia 920. The lumia 925 is what I consider a mid tier phone. Therefore, the 925 is a good buy at $200-$250. Most of the specs on the lumia 925 are better than the 635 with exceptions that the 635 has a quad core processor. If it makes you feel any better the top tier lumia phones the 1020 and 1520 are AT&T exclusives at the moment. Thus, verizon, sprint, and of course T-Mobile dosen’t have those phones. However, that may change in the future.

      • AK

        Verizon has the Lumia Icon, which I believe is similar to the 1520.

        • John

          You’re right never mind. I stand corrected verizon has the lumia icon which is just like the lumia 1520 except the lumia 1520 has a 6 inch screen and the lumia icon has a 5 inch screen. Well I guess that just leaves out T-mobile and Sprint

  • Roger Sales

    It needed any kind of front facing camera to be a game changer. It’s a nice cheap phone, but it could’ve been so much better since any kind of video conferencing isn’t useful on it.

    • John

      Exactly at least the lumia 925 has a front facing camera.

      • Roger Sales

        It would’ve been a great starter/kid phone, but kids like to talk to their friends via skype and stuff. It’s a dealbreaker for a lot of people.

    • BlackJu

      My take: You’ll see this drop in price and be just a tad more expensive than the 521. When the 530 is released, they will hit an even lower price point. The lumia range is crowded, so price points are shifting lower to allow more differentiation. You will see FFC on the 730 or whatever it will be called. I’d be surprised if T-Mobile carries such a phone, though. Bottom line: even though this is the 635, think of it as a 521 replacement with a much better screen and better processor (Sensor Core).

      • Roger Sales

        While I understand that, Microsoft needs to understand that they are not just needing a successor to the 520/521, but something that can compete with a Moto G that has a platform with more firepower. I think the 635 is a great step in the right direction – it just missed critically on one frontier that in this age isn’t something you can ignore.

        • BlackJu

          Yes, they definitely need an answer to the moto G. This hits below the moto G price/features. To your point, it may have been wiser to bring the 720 replacement to market first. That was a great feeling phone with a great camera. If they just recreated that form factor with a 720×1280 screen and 1 GB of RAM, man, that would be a hot seller at $170ish.

        • Marcelo_L

          more like 150 $ price point!

        • BlackJu

          rationale? I mean, why not free?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    QVC has the 925 for $199 for a while now. If they still have stock left, probably a much nicer device.

    • BlackJu

      they don’t, but the refurb on the T-Mobile site is a good deal

    • John

      Hsn had the 925 for $199 like 2 1/2 months ago, but they have been sold out on their site for a few weeks now. Newegg had the 925 for $215 for a few weeks, but is now at $400 new.

  • maximus1901

    No lte? Hopefully 2015 will be the year when TMO releases lte only smartphones.

    • BlackJu

      it has lte. the 630 does not

  • BlackJu

    Cam, I think the MS store listing incorrectly states that the 635 has Qi charging. Supposedly, this will available 7/16 or 7/17.

    • Cam Bunton

      Thanks for the info. I’ll see if we can get in touch with someone at Nokia to confirm.

  • Marcelo_L

    What part of 512mb of RAM is it people aren’t up at arms about?

    Has Nokia not ‘ figured out that it’s Not 2011 anymore?

    yes windows phone is more memory efficient than Android, but really…512Mb?

    • donnybee

      “Budget friendly”

      Relax. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. It obviously runs fine on 512 RAM and without giving it more than it needs, they were able to cater to the market this is intended for. Not every new phone needs flagship specs. And not every phone needs Android-type specs..some OS’s are a little more optimized.

      • Marcelo_L

        Just because it’s “Budget friendly” doesn’t mean it has to be stripped.

        “Budget friendly” Android phones have forward facing cameras at that price point. “Budget friendly” Android phones have 1Gb of RAM at that price point…with quad core processors just as capable as the Snap400.

        You actually utter “Flagship” and “Budget friendly” in practically the same breath? Since when did 1Gb of RAM constitute flagship in the day and age where 2 and 3GB of RAM are on most Flagship phones out there…..Geeze, even the “Budget friendly” 5C has 1Gb of RAM.

        C’mon man……get real.

        I am relaxed, you just don’t know me. I just tend to call out stupid marketing tactics for what they are…..stupid marketing tactics.

        • BlackJu

          If it’s anything like the 520/521, only T-Mobile will charge an unreasonable amount as they have done in the past. Everywhere else will charge what it should cost. My guess is that it will settle under $100. That’s a great value IMO. The target audience for this device will shop around and get a better price.

        • Aaron Davis

          I doubt any other carrier is going to offer it for $100 off-contract. (the $129 price is off-contract).

          They might do it “free with 2-year agreement” though.

        • eanfoso

          yeah all of that is lagdroid related specs, windows OS does not require anything more than 256MB of RAM, and FYI this lumia in particular IS a quad core and if the camera or specs is what’s important, shed more money out for a Lumia Icon, which can be used with T-mobile since it’s unlocked out of the box by verizon

  • spartanjet

    I need a high end Windows phone already….

  • riopato

    How does this preorder become out of stock already!

  • landmarkcm

    No flash for the camera is the main reason stopping me from picking up one of the these. That should be standard & frankly pretty surprised Nokia would leave that off! Although Nokia is a bit weird and all over the map with their models..

    • eanfoso

      why not go for a lumia 1020 rogers model? you can get it from negrielectronics.com and it’ll work just as fine with t-mobile, no need to set up apn either, thanks to nokia’s apn app

  • Dave

    Am I the only one that thinks that the company that owns Skype making phones without a front facing camera is somewhere between moronic and stupid? c’mon Microsoft, leverage your own damn technologies will ya?

    • Roger Sales

      Maybe Microsoft is trying to be more like Sprint in the “Let’s sabotage our brand” campaign.

  • tomarone

    can’t be 512 has to be 1 mb