If you blinked at just the right time, you missed it, but Amazon recently knocked $50 off the price of the Nokia Lumia 1020, one of the best Windows Phone smartphones available. The sale only lasted a day, but now that Microsoft purchased Nokia’s smartphone business, you can expect to see a fire sale on any and all devices sporting the Finnish company’s logo.
Meanwhile, in Android land, Google discounted the Nexus 4 by as much as $100, and it looks like the Moto X is about to get a price cut too. Apple is also widely expected to launch a new iPhone next week. The new iPhone's tech specs are still a mystery (rumors are all over the map), but specs don’t matter when it comes to price. A new iPhone means that existing iPhones will get cheaper in a hurry. In fact, prices on used phones have already started to slide.
Google reduced the costs of its Nexus 4 models by a third to $199, down $100 from $299, amidst speculation that the Nexus 5 is on the way. But the Nexus 4 isn't exactly new anymore, so the discounted Moto X (pictured below) is more interesting.
Rogers, the Canadian wireless carrier that offered the Moto X before other North American carriers, last month offered the phone for $189. Now the Rogers price of the base model is $169. Best Buy and a handful of other retailers are knocking off another $20, putting the price at $149.
And a rumor on Twitter (via @evleaks) suggests that some carriers will soon slash prices even more, selling the Moto X for $99 with a two-year contract. Of course, that is only a rumor, and I’m only passing it on to make a point: the plethora of new smartphone releases is forcing vendors to cut prices in hurry. And that, of course, is good news for consumers who want to step up to a better phone without paying top dollar.