Nokia Lumia 1520 now up for preorder via AT&T, Microsoft

Set to reach stores on November 22, the new phablet is selling for $199 with the usual two-year agreement. Yes, this time it's for real.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is now officially available for preorder through both AT&T and Microsoft with a launch date of November 22.

AT&T's preorder page shows the phone selling for $199 with the standard two-year contract, $584 with a month-to-month plan, or $27 per month for 20 months through the carrier's Next installment plan. The Lumia 1520 is available in red, black, white, and yellow. AT&T is also accepting preorders in-store and promises a ship date of November 19.

Microsoft is now offering preorders of the Lumia 1520 via AT&T for the same $199 price tag with contract or $549 off contract. Customers can preorder the phone at Microsoft's Web site or at one of its retail outlets. The online preorder page shows only black, white, and red as the available colors. But Microsoft has a few perks up for grabs.

People who preorder the Lumia 1520 through Microsoft before November 22 will get a $50 Microsoft Store app card, a free flip cover valued at $39.99, a $20 app card provided by Nokia, and a free download of "Halo: Spartan Assault" for Windows Phone. Those who buy the phone on or after November 22 will score all of those items except for the flip cover.

AT&T revealed last month that it will be the exclusive US carrier of the 1520.

The Lumia 1520 sports a 6-inch 1080p HD display, transforming it from a phone into a phablet. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor provides the engine, while a 20-megapixel camera snaps the pictures.

Microsoft jumped the gun earlier this week when it posted a preorder page for the Lumia 1520 promising a release date of November 15. The company was forced to pull down the page, explaining that "we're so excited with the upcoming arrival of the Lumia 1520 that a product page went up prematurely last night on MicrosoftStore.com."

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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