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Verizon will offer free WP8 phone by end of year

Verizon plans to sell a Windows Phone 8 handset for nothing by the time we ring in the new year.

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In addition to announcing that its two Windows Phone 8 handsets, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 822, will be available starting November 13, Verizon will also offer one of its handsets for free by the end of the year.

According to The Verge, Tami Erwin, Verizon's chief marketing officer, said that a phone from the carrier's WP8 lineup will come "in at the free [price] point."

Currently, the HTC 8X retails for $199.99 with a two-year contract, and the Lumia 822 will be sold for $99.99 after discounts are applied.

While it's still unknown which handset will be sold at the bottom-barrel deal, it doesn't surprise us that Verizon is getting competitive with its pricing.

AT&T recently announced prices for its WP8 lineup as well, and is selling its Lumia 820 for only $50. And if AT&T's 99-cent Lumia 900 is any indication of what time does to a once-hot ticket Windows Phone device, it makes sense for Verizon to sell a handset for nothing except a carrier contract.