AT&T gives Windows Phone buyers a break on purchase of Windows RT tablet
By Jared Newman
PCWorldNov 15, 2013 11:17 am PST
AT&T has a good deal on Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet (shown above), but only if you’re willing and able to buy a Nokia Windows Phone at the same time.
The Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows RT, will cost just $200 with the purchase of a Nokia Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, or Lumia 1520 smartphone. You do have to sign up for a two-year agreement to get that deal, so you’d be on the hook for an extra $10 in tablet data per month as part of AT&T’s Mobile Share plan.
Without the Nokia phone bundle, the price gets a lot worse. AT&T is charging $400 for the Lumia 2520 with a two-year agreement, and $500 without a contract. It might be worth just using your smartphone as a mobile hotspot instead of tacking on a tablet data plan, as you’d save $140 over two years that way.
Nokia’s Power Keyboard accessory, which turns the tablet into a small laptop and provides another five hours of battery, is sold separately. AT&T doesn’t mention a price, but Nokia previously said it will cost $150.
Unfortunately, these prices are as good as it gets for the Lumia 2520. There’s no cheaper Wi-Fi-only model available anywhere, and an unconfirmed report last month claimed that Verizon will have the same $400 on-contract pricing as AT&T. (Verizon has yet to announce a price or release date, but has confirmed it will sell Nokia’s tablet.)
The Lumia 2520 also happens to be your only option for a 4G LTE-enabled Windows RT tablet that isn’t running last year’s hardware. Microsoft’s Surface 2 won’t be getting an LTE variant until next year, and the only other Windows tablet that AT&T sells is the year-old Asus Vivo Tab RT. Nokia’s tablet has a faster processor and a 1080p-resolution display, which makes it a better option for editing Office documents on the road.