Microsoft and Sprint announced today that Sprint is bringing the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to Sprint's network in the form of the Lumia 635, coming first with pre-paid plans to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, two Sprint companies. The phones, available in white on Virgin Mobile and cyan on Boost Mobile, will cost $99.99 and come with no-contract pre-paid plans in a variety of options.
The new offering seems to be signaling new interest by Sprint to work with Microsoft and Windows Phone. David Owens, a Sprint Senior Vice President, explains:
“We are excited to welcome Lumia 635 as our first Windows Phone on our two no-contract brands – Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA – providing customers the ultimate in financial flexibility and choice. This device is the showpiece for our reinvigorated relationship with Microsoft, and we know our customers will appreciate all they can do with the powerful Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Our Sprint postpaid customers will experience this device right after the new year.”
The phones will be available first online from Boost and Virgin beginning on December 23rd, and will go on sale both at Boost Mobile's retail stores and at select independent wireless dealers and select retail locations during the month of January.