I went to the local Walmart in NJ to a bag of bagels for a good friend residing in Hong Kong and noticed that they were selling the TMobile exclusive Nokia Lumia 710. What really grabbed my attention is the retail price.
Walmart has the first Nokia Windows Phone smart phone at a killer price, $18.88, which is over $30 cheaper than the suggested retail price after a mail in rebate at TMobile.
The buyer is required to sign a 2-year service or upgrade agreement. Since it’s a smart phone, a data plan is required. If I am correct, it looks like there is no mail in rebate for this offer that makes the 710 that was only released on January 11, 2012 a super bargain. I wasn’t able to confirm it since there was no one at the mobile counter.
I have been using the Lumia 710 for almost a week now and it has grown on me tremendously. My main phone is the Lumia 800, which only give me Edge (2G) on the TMobile network. Lumia 710 has the TMobile HSPA+ (4G) bands and the upload and download speeds show be significantly better than on my 800. I am very happy with the picture taken with the 710 5 MP auto focus camera. Below are a few pics taken with the Lumia 710.
The first one is a picture of the 710’s sibling, Nokia Lumia 900.
The second picture was snapped at the Nokia booth at CES.
The qualities of the sample picture are quite nice for a 5MP auto focus lens. There was sufficient lighting in the Nokia booth and I had disabled the auto flash prior to taking these two pictures.
If you were out of contract, or looking for your first Windows Phone, I would definitely recommend it. Drop by a local TMobile store to play with the demo unit.