Windows Phone Gets A Boost, Nokia Lumia 710 Free At Walmart

Windows Phone still lags behind Android, iOS, and RIM, but this year, Nokia plans to change that. One such way is the Lumia 710 which is available for free at Walmart in black and white on a two year contract through T-Mobile. For customers renewing their contract, the smartphone will cost just $49.99 which is quite the discount from the original $379.99 price tag.

When it comes to Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 710 is more of a base model out of the Lumia line. Still though, specs aren’t bad at all.

  • 3.7 inch screen
  • 480×800 resolution
  • Gorilla Glass display for extra protection
  • 1.4GHZ single core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, and 720p HD video recording
  • Up to 7 hour 40 minute talk time with 3G

The phone was announced in December and is a good entry phone to the Windows Phone operating system. Nokia also announced the Lumia 900 at CES which got very positive reviews overall.

Via PC Mag:

“Nokia first announced that it would focus its efforts on Windows Phone-based devices in Feb. 2011, and the first Nokia-Windows smartphones were introduced at October’s Nokia World in London. Though the Windows operating system has been well-reviewed, particularly the “Mango” update, the mobile OS has struggled to compete against Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.”

The company and Microsoft have a lot of catching up to do, but the lineup of smartphones thus far, shows that there’s some promise. While only commanding around 1% of the mobile phone market share, this may just be the year that they change that and overtake RIM for the number three spot.