Nokia Lumia 928 now free via Verizon

The Windows Phone 8 handset can be snagged for free with the usual two-year contract -- if you can find one these days, that is.

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Verizon customers with an eye on Nokia's Lumia 928 can now pick up the phone for free.

Initially selling for $99, the phone's price was chopped to zero on Monday. Verizon naturally requires the usual two-year contract.

But before you get ready to sign a deal, Verizon's Web site currently says the phone is temporarily out of stock. CNET contacted the carrier to see when the phone might be available again online and if and where consumers can find it at Verizon retail stores.

Outfitted with Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 928 offers a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage, and an 8.7-megapixel camera with image stabilization and PureView image technology.

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