Verizon’s first two Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in stores and online tomorrow, November 15 after one week of pre-orders.
Both the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Nokia Lumia 822 will go on sale on Verizon on Thursday, though some colors won’t appear in stores. The Nokia Lumia 822 in grey and WIndows Phone 8X in red are only available online. The white Lumia 822 as well as the blue and black versions of the Windows Phone 8X will be available online and in stores.
Verizon started taking pre-orders for its first two Windows Phone 8 devices last week. It charges $99 for the Lumia 822 on a two-year contract, and $199 for the Windows Phone 8X on a two-year contract.
Verizon is the last of the three major carriers to put its Windows Phone 8 devices on sale. AT&T release the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X last weekend, and T-Mobile released its version of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC today. All three carriers charge the same $200 for the WIndows Phone 8X.
The Nokia Lumia 822 is $50 more than the equivalent Lumia 820 on AT&T, however. Both Verizon and T-Mobile charge $99 for their Lumia 820 variants, while AT&T only charges $50 for the phone. That’s because AT&T also has the high-end Lumia 920 which it charged $100 for.
Verizon will also offer a free option for Windows Phone 8 fans next month. That phone is likely the Samsung ATIV Odyssey which recently leaked in a photo. Microsoft announced the ATIV Odyssey at the October 29 Windows Phone 8 launch, though neither Verizon nor Samsung have said anything about the device since.
Interestingly, Verizon’s Windows Phone 8 lineup includes the flagship Windows Phone 8X which will go on sale just two days after the carrier announced the HTC DROID DNA. The DROID DNA has better specs than the 8X in almost every aspect including its impressive 1080p display, and has the same price tag, but runs Android instead of Windows Phone 8.