As most of you probably know, the Icon is available for pre-order at a Microsoft store, and is planned to be released on Feb 20. If you pre-order by the 16th you get a wireless charging station for free. Glad I waited instead of going ahead and picking up a 1520 on ATT!
Got my pre-order in yesterday; I'm excited!
My main reason for posting this is to put a bug in Verizon's ear. This phone should be sent to every hardware review site that comes to mind, not just a few places that may be obvious to marketing but not to those of us that are computer hardware enthusiasts. I hope this has been done already - but if not, sites like Anandtech.com, Tomshardware, The Tech Report, and PC Perspective are sites that are regularly followed by a lot of Windows users and enthusiasts that will promote this phone if they know it is top-end hardware. Enthusiasts help drive sales because they tell everyone around them what they think is best, tending to be the "expert" in a family or group of friends that is relied on for advice. Those people may not buy the most expensive hardware, but if they know the person the trust most prefers a Windows phone, they are much more likely to go Windows.
It needs to be done ASAP, because the new Android phones built with the latest Snapdragon SoC will be available in a few months; they will likely overshadow the latest Windows phone. The Icon is comparable to any smart phone currently for sale and everyone needs to know that (in order to remove the idea that Windows phones are made with dated hardware). A lot of the people that post on the sites I've reviewed bemoan the fact that the top phones aren't available on Verizon, so that word needs to get out there as well.
Speaking of latest phones - I seriously hope Microsoft/Nokia get the next gen out at the same time as the new Android offerings. Even though it would mean my hardware (my Icon) is technically "out of date" in a few months, I think it would be great for business. (The Icon is good enough to last for years of service in a technical sense anyway.) Of course Verizon is the best carrier in the U.S. to release new hardware on, and I hope Verizon continues to develop a strong relationship with MS.
Rumor is the 4+ month delay from first hearing about the Icon to launch was to organize a marketing push between Nokiasoft and Verizon. Since the 928 was essentially thrown out and forgotten, anything they do at this point to push the Icon will knock me off my seat.
I am curious where you got the information about the free wireless charger when you pre-order from the Microsoft store. I ordered this phone at my local MS Store on day one (2/12), there was no mention made of a free wireless charger in store, nor have I seen anything on the MS Store website that indicates such.
I just went out to the VZW site and it is not showing up to even pre-order. Of course, I wasn't going to get it anyway, but I thought I'd point it out. They only show the 928, Odyssey, 8X and a couple of pre-owned devices.
Of course, I still want a large WP with a slideout keyboard. I suspect that'll never happen, but that's what I want.
It was on the Microsoft store page. I verified that I would get a free wireless charger at the store (the clerk looked it up to be sure). I don't see it on the page now, but if the deal ended on the 16th that would make sense. But, yeah, they didn't say a word about it until I asked. I make sure to mention special deals because store personnel are often ill informed.
I would call your store and verify that you will get a free wireless charger. The guy at my store said there are 2 types and they only carried the stand-up model, which I don't have a problem with. The other one lays flat of course.
It is only listed on the Windows phone and Microsoft Store sites -
I imagine Verizon won't list it until the 20th, as that is the official release date.
I was told as long as you don't purchase a new device using your subsidy (discounted device) the unlimited will remain. You definitely want to confirm that with Verizon first of course
I wouldn't my breath on this one. I've descended into conspiracy territory now because of Verizon's apparent animus towards Microsoft products. It borders on the incredible how they seem to care so little about Windows Phones but for whatever reason, still bother to sell them.
I talked with a VZW store manager several months ago and she said that there is a plan to dump all of us with unlimited data plans and force us onto their current plans, but she didn't have any solid information as to when it was going to happen.
I guess if that happens, then there's really no reason to stay with VZW. But knowing my luck, they'll do that a month after I pay full price for a new device.