The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a smartphone with a 5 inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. It’s also a pretty affordable device: when Microsoft launched the Lumia 640 in March, the company said it would sell for about $160 without a contract.

Now Cricket Wireless is the first US carrier to begin selling the phone, and it’s even cheaper than expected: starting Friday, May 15th you’ll be able to buy the phone from the pre-paid wireless carrier for $130.

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The Lumia 640 has a 1280 x 720 pixel display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 2,500 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1MP front camera. It supports 4G LTE.

Microsoft will also throw in a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal if you buy the phone before June 30th.

The Lumia 640 ships with Windows 8.1 software, but it’ll be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile when Microsoft’s next-gen operating systems for mobile phones launches later in 2015.

There’s no word on whether Cricket or any other US mobile operators plan to offer the Lumia 640’s big sibling, the 5.7 inch Lumia 640 XL. That model has the same screen resolution and processor, but features a larger battery and better cameras.

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12 replies on “Cricket Wireless brings Microsoft Lumia 640 to the US for $130”

  1. Cricket often has good sales on low end phones. Can’t wait for this one to be marked down to $50 or so.

  2. I wish Microsoft would bring back the Zune Media Player, (a Windows Phone without the cellular parts). It would increase the number of the Windows Phone OS users making it more likely that developers would make apps for the platform. This is a great time to do so because it seems that Apple has stopped making iPod Touchs.

    1. With the cost of these Windows phones why not just buy the smartphone and not use the phone part? I am using my old Android phone as a media player. I just un-installed all the apps I won’t be needing and it works great!

      1. yeah seriously i just bought a Lumia 521 for $20 and I use it as a GPS with Here maps and a radio .. with Mix Radio everytime i pull my car into the driveway the phone connects to my wifi and refreshes my offline mixes way better than the radio with all the ads.

        1. The Zune was listened to by audiophiles. It was a hi tech media player in its time. MS could do a limited trial for a high spec premium device and test the waters. The lack of an updated iPod Touch has upset a lot of people who want a dedicated media player. The Zunes’s lack of thousands of video game apps wouldn’t be a deal breaker with them.

          1. I suspect the potential market for even high end media players is nowhere near large enough for them to be interested, these days.

  3. I am not very familiar with Windows phone but this seems to be pretty good specs for one. The point of concern for me would be the extremely small amount of storage. If it weren’t for that I would consider picking one up just to try out Windows10 phone when it arrives.

    1. Not a problem. Just add a micro SD card. It can take up to 128 GB, and they’re pretty cheap.

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