Prospective buyers of Lumia smartphones in the US and UK can navigate to Microsoft's online portal, to purchase SIM-free/carrier-unlocked handsets.
Smartphones being offered on the portal and pricing?
The following devices are available to buy on Microsoft's online portal in the UK:
- Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE – priced at £219 ($337)
- Microsoft Lumia 640 – priced at £170
- Microsoft Lumia 535 – priced at £100
- Microsoft Lumia 735 - priced at £189
- Microsoft Lumia 830 – priced at £270
- Microsoft Lumia 930 – priced at £349.95
- Microsoft Lumia 530 – priced at £80
- Microsoft Lumia 630 – priced at £90
- Microsoft Lumia 635 – priced at £110
- Microsoft Lumia 435 – priced at £60
Devices available on the Microsoft Store in the US:
- Microsoft Lumia 535 – priced at $149
- Microsoft Lumia 635 – priced at $129
- Microsoft Lumia 830 – priced at $449
Apart from smartphones, multiple Lumia accessories are also available on the new portal.
Advantages of purchasing a carrier-unlocked Lumia smartphone
Generally, carrier-locked smartphones incorporate carrier bloatware that consumes most of a smartphone's internal storage area, thus leaving only a fraction of internal space for users to store content.
Carrier-unlocked devices also come with bloatware and pre-installed apps/APKs, but not as much as their carrier-driven counterparts.