Microsoft Lumia 950XL £216 from BT Shop - OctaCore, super spec £219.49 Delivered - BT  Shop
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Microsoft Lumia 950XL £216 from BT Shop - OctaCore, super spec £219.49 Delivered - BT Shop

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Found 31st Mar 2017
This is the lowest price I've ever seen this phone listed at, and I suspect it might be a pricing error. Anyway, I just nabbed one of these to replace my aging Lumia 1520, as the next best price I could find was £286 at Movertix (the dual SIM version).

The BT price might could be a price glitch as the 950 XL doesn't appear when you search their site, but does come up from external links, such as the one in PC Advisor's review. I ordered the phone a couple of days ago expecting the "We're-sorry-this-price-is-a-mistake" email, but was pleased to actually receive it via courier this morning. There are more than 50 in stock according to the info on BT.

I've never spotted a decent enough bargain to post on here before, so hopefully this is an acceptable first effort. Feel free to edit if I've ballsed up or missed out anything essential, and remember, it's all about how good the deal itself is, not whether you prefer iOS or Android or whatever.
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M0nk3h

Apart from the camera, I wouldn't really say this is a "super spec" … Apart from the camera, I wouldn't really say this is a "super spec" considering most flagships now use the 810/820/821. Just another flagship in the wall (_;)No vote.


Well, this does actually use the 810, and do bear in mind, it's nearly two years old now...
Ignore the OS (it's up to you if it suits or not, for me it does) and if someone offered you a Samsung g6 (and do bear in mind this is better spec (micro sd, wireless charging, usb c etc...) for 220... I think it would go red hot...
djbenny1

Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the … Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the higher end Lumia hardware, but no spec sheet is worth having to live with the worst mobile OS still in existence.The writing has been on the wall for the platform for years.


Not my opinion having used Windows phones for 5 years.
Proveright

iIn case you have not heard, windows phones are dead, they have gone the … iIn case you have not heard, windows phones are dead, they have gone the way of betamax videos and Phillips videos. Microsoft have giveñ up and are not bringing out any new models. In fact they are so bad, that Microsoft have partnered up with Samsung to sell Samsung phones from their stores with MS add-on's like office. They hope to make money off the add-on's.


In case you'd not heard, people are free to make up their own minds...
and no, it's not dead. Whilst you CAN say that it's not hugely popular, it's definitely not dead. MS *are* still supporting it, there *are* still new updates coming for it, in fact, it get's more, and more frequent updates than my galaxy s7...
And no, MS are not killing it any time soon. They've made *very* public statements about why they are continuing it, and they've also made clear why there isn't any new phones from them recently. It's why I'm holding out for a HP elite x3...
If you don't like it, that's fine, but the fact is many people still do, so stop spreading trash, and just don't buy one if you don't want one.
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djbenny1

Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the … Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the higher end Lumia hardware, but no spec sheet is worth having to live with the worst mobile OS still in existence.The writing has been on the wall for the platform for years.



I think that's both harsh and inaccurate. The thing wrong with Windows Mobile OS is not the OS itself but the lack developer's supporting quality apps. The actual operating system is actually more advanced than most, it's just let down by poor support.

If you don't care about of having hundreds of apps but want a quality phone with excellent email integration and a quality camera, then you will struggle to beat this deal. It's a lot of phone for the money.
Edited by: "deleted1032520" 31st Mar 2017
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Nice find, thank-you!
Tried searching for it, but it doesn't appear anywhere, even when you type in 'Lumia 950xl'...
Or use the categories to drill down...

Weird...
I'm looking for a 950 ...
Price here is good, size is not
Apart from the camera, I wouldn't really say this is a "super spec" considering most flagships now use the 810/820/821. Just another flagship in the wall (_;)

No vote.
M0nk3h

Apart from the camera, I wouldn't really say this is a "super spec" … Apart from the camera, I wouldn't really say this is a "super spec" considering most flagships now use the 810/820/821. Just another flagship in the wall (_;)No vote.


Well, this does actually use the 810, and do bear in mind, it's nearly two years old now...
Ignore the OS (it's up to you if it suits or not, for me it does) and if someone offered you a Samsung g6 (and do bear in mind this is better spec (micro sd, wireless charging, usb c etc...) for 220... I think it would go red hot...
This is a very good deal op, must resist, using a Lumina 735 at the mo.
BT shop is on Quidco. I don't know if they'll pay out on this though, there are so many categories and BT are so weaselly

voted HOT by me, and I might not be able to resist buying one.
Edited by: "Adult" 31st Mar 2017
bilbob

Tried searching for it, but it doesn't appear anywhere, even when you … Tried searching for it, but it doesn't appear anywhere, even when you type in 'Lumia 950xl'...Or use the categories to drill down...Weird...I'm looking for a 950 ... :/Price here is good, size is not


Try searching "this one weird trick"
This is a great phone and if you like Windows it is an awesome phone. Remember this phone came out back in 2015 so it isn't comparable top-spec wise with the Samsung S8 - though it does share a lot of the S8's new functionality and specs (Screen resolution, Continuum/Dex, Bixby/Cortana, Auto-login via Iris recognition etc)

Edited by: "rd3d2" 31st Mar 2017
Not a bad price. Not the latest spec, but good camera and good price for trying Windows OS.
bilbob

Well, this does actually use the 810, and do bear in mind, it's nearly … Well, this does actually use the 810, and do bear in mind, it's nearly two years old now...Ignore the OS (it's up to you if it suits or not, for me it does) and if someone offered you a Samsung g6 (and do bear in mind this is better spec (micro sd, wireless charging, usb c etc...) for 220... I think it would go red hot...



I wouldn't necessarily say this is even better spec. The only advantage being Micro SD and USB C - the S6 has wireless charging. The SoC in both score on par pretty much with each other, with the S6 taking the lead in some areas and so does the 810. All would really come down to OS preference really and are both great phones.
Good phone, but not for everyone: apps are being pulled from Windows 10 Mobile on a daily basis, and even the Creators update coming in April will not bring much new. It seems that even Microsoft gave up with Windows 10 Mobile. Keep this in mind.
Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the higher end Lumia hardware, but no spec sheet is worth having to live with the worst mobile OS still in existence.

The writing has been on the wall for the platform for years.
i
In case you have not heard, windows phones are dead, they have gone the way of betamax videos and Phillips videos. Microsoft have giveñ up and are not bringing out any new models.

In fact they are so bad, that Microsoft have partnered up with Samsung to sell Samsung phones from their stores with MS add-on's like office. They hope to make money off the add-on's.
Edited by: "Proveright" 31st Mar 2017
djbenny1

Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the … Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the higher end Lumia hardware, but no spec sheet is worth having to live with the worst mobile OS still in existence.The writing has been on the wall for the platform for years.


Not my opinion having used Windows phones for 5 years.
This is a great price for this phone. Was thinking of getting the 950 standard version at this price only a few months ago. However, as a Windows Phone user of 6 years (now on my Lumia 735) I've come to accept that the platform is becoming so dead that it lacks basic functionality. The BBC have just pulled the Iplayer from the Windows Store, and you can only use the Iplayer with Edge, not Internet Explorer (so Windows 8 users can't get access - granted, this doesn’t affect the 950). What basic apps are there are often broken (e.g. the HotUkDeals app) and continue to break with time as developers just don't bother to maintain them anymore. Windows 10 (in contrast to Windows 8 ) is a terrible experience, and even after this long it still feels like a work in progress (I upgraded my 735 to Windows 10 twice, and my girlfriend runs it on her Lumia 550). So whilst this phone is probably excellent value for the specs you are getting, if you want a properly functioning smartphone, you need to consider getting off this sinking ship. My new Moto G4 is on the way!





Edited by: "WhiteGoose" 31st Mar 2017
Proveright

iIn case you have not heard, windows phones are dead, they have gone the … iIn case you have not heard, windows phones are dead, they have gone the way of betamax videos and Phillips videos. Microsoft have giveñ up and are not bringing out any new models. In fact they are so bad, that Microsoft have partnered up with Samsung to sell Samsung phones from their stores with MS add-on's like office. They hope to make money off the add-on's.


In case you'd not heard, people are free to make up their own minds...
and no, it's not dead. Whilst you CAN say that it's not hugely popular, it's definitely not dead. MS *are* still supporting it, there *are* still new updates coming for it, in fact, it get's more, and more frequent updates than my galaxy s7...
And no, MS are not killing it any time soon. They've made *very* public statements about why they are continuing it, and they've also made clear why there isn't any new phones from them recently. It's why I'm holding out for a HP elite x3...
If you don't like it, that's fine, but the fact is many people still do, so stop spreading trash, and just don't buy one if you don't want one.
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djbenny1

Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the … Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the higher end Lumia hardware, but no spec sheet is worth having to live with the worst mobile OS still in existence.The writing has been on the wall for the platform for years.



I think that's both harsh and inaccurate. The thing wrong with Windows Mobile OS is not the OS itself but the lack developer's supporting quality apps. The actual operating system is actually more advanced than most, it's just let down by poor support.

If you don't care about of having hundreds of apps but want a quality phone with excellent email integration and a quality camera, then you will struggle to beat this deal. It's a lot of phone for the money.
Edited by: "deleted1032520" 31st Mar 2017
OrribleHarry

I think that's both harsh and inaccurate. The thing wrong with Windows … I think that's both harsh and inaccurate. The thing wrong with Windows Mobile OS is not the OS itself but the lack developer's supporting quality apps. The actual operating system is actually more advanced than most, it's just let down by poor support.If you don't care about of having hundreds of apps but want a quality phone with excellent email integration and a quality camera, then you will struggle to beat this deal. It's a lot of phone for the money.


And this is *exactly* why I still use one.
I tried, I really tried to like Android... But here I am, back using my 930 after 3 months with a galaxy s7...
I don't need a million apps, I DO miss literally two... but pretty much everything that doesn't have a suitable app available on the store, there is a web page that works (edge is probably the best mobile browser...)
I forgive the lack of apps, as it's the simplest, most efficient, most integrated mobile OS, that just *works* with no hassle..
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bilbob

And this is *exactly* why I still use one.I tried, I really tried to like … And this is *exactly* why I still use one.I tried, I really tried to like Android... But here I am, back using my 930 after 3 months with a galaxy s7...I don't need a million apps, I DO miss literally two... but pretty much everything that doesn't have a suitable app available on the store, there is a web page that works (edge is probably the best mobile browser...)I forgive the lack of apps, as it's the simplest, most efficient, most integrated mobile OS, that just *works* with no hassle..



Correct we give lumias out to our staff as they are excellent for official works communications and Internet they also use them for photographs in the field all of which they are excellent at.

I don't really want them installing loads of pointless apps anyway.
Windows Phone is dead. Luckily the 950XL runs Windows 10 Mobile. And as W10M is built as part of Windows 10 it most certainly isn't dead. Microsoft are committed to keeping the OS going. However it is true that they have stopped releasing devices and I can't see that changing for quite some time. And when Microsoft does come back to the market it won't be a phone as we know it now but something that defines a new category like the other surface devices.

This is a good deal if you want one. MS will update it for a couple of years and it has a great camera. I just can't go back to a Lumia again so as tempting as it is I will leave it. Hot though.
I have a 950xl sim free with continium to sell if anyone is interested, waiting for new flagship, jumped to s7 edge HATE android, will jump back in for Surface Phone!!!!
It's a nice phone but you have to be realistic about the state of the software. The app library is dying. There was a time back when WP7.5 came out that it looked like WP had a future but not now.
I look after mobiles for my company and we tried so hard to convince users of the benefits of Windows Phones, but we felt that the biggest enemy in winning the hearts and minds of our user base were Microsoft themselves - the App Store is a mess, promised updates and features didn't happen, then Microsoft pull out of the market. If you want to try Windows, try the 640 or 650 - the 650 is a nice phone, and will give you an idea of the Windows Phone experience
djbenny1

Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the … Windows phone is absolute trash IMO, which is a shame as I liked the higher end Lumia hardware, but no spec sheet is worth having to live with the worst mobile OS still in existence.The writing has been on the wall for the platform for years.



I've recently moved to iOS from Windows and I must say I miss it. Tempted to go back to a Windows mobile
I find the simplicity of windows os the best feature. Was gutted when they introduced the compulsory sign in to account to access its features, nevertheless i still prefer it to android and ios. As far as the hardware goes, the designs were better when the finnish company still had it's logo on the phones but despite this, i've grown accustomed to the new lumia's. My only gripe is that i prefer compact size phones, anything over 4.5" imo is a phablet.
I've got a 950, S6 and iPhone 5s so I feel I have a good understanding of mobile phones and their OS'.

My 950 is still a quicker and more pleasant experience than the S6 and definitely the laggy 5s.

The only app I used to play a lot of was Clash of Clans but I've gotten bored of that so there's nothing else I haven't either found an app for or just use the mobile site instead - Hell the HotukDeals app has been broken on Android for months!! You can't even vote! I'd actually stopped using most the apps on my S6 and started using mobile sites instead as they are much more reliable - even the Android Amazon app was buggy and glitchy.

I think people are also forgetting universal apps which work both on Windows 10 PC and Mobile. Skype, VLC, Viber, Dropbox, Netflix etc are just a few.

Don't forget also that the Surface Phone is on the horizon so we'll have to wait and see what that brings to the table.

I know the market share is minuscule for Windows Phones but it's a much nicer group of people to be with
I think what Windows missed is the support, I was a serious Windowphone user from the beginning but had to throw in the towel and have finally gone for an iPhone 7 Plus.
I too still miss the windowsphone but it kept crashing or freezing, sometimes wouldn't even reboot without removing battery
nice deal though
tealeaf from inside no9 had this phone in get out.
We got these for work, terrible os , so buggy and typing is a nightmare, we have over 30 engineers with them and all are complaining , spec wise it's a good phone , very quick and great camera , it's a pity the os lets it down, no wonder windows phone never took off ..
mtcerio

Good phone, but not for everyone: apps are being pulled from Windows 10 … Good phone, but not for everyone: apps are being pulled from Windows 10 Mobile on a daily basis, and even the Creators update coming in April will not bring much new. It seems that even Microsoft gave up with Windows 10 Mobile. Keep this in mind.



Hmmmmmmmm, interesting perception that?.

Do you think Microsoft will abandon all/their whole Windows Phone thing in the near to distant future then?, or .....
Julan

I think what Windows missed is the support, I was a serious Windowphone … I think what Windows missed is the support, I was a serious Windowphone user from the beginning but had to throw in the towel and have finally gone for an iPhone 7 Plus.I too still miss the windowsphone but it kept crashing or freezing, sometimes wouldn't even reboot without removing battery



Yeh, I second that, I had similar issues with my Windows Phone too, before it finally gave up the Ghost on me. :-(

Very temperamental, then froze up on me loads too!, and ..... (thought it was JUST me that had such problems with it?).

Looks like a common problem with them then ...

I was forced to eventually reset everything, and lost everything! (some of my pictures/video's were ok, but my text messages, and a lot of my contacts were not ... )

I'm back to rocking Android Phones again now. :-)
This looks a really good deal. I've had a Lumia 1520 for the past year (previously had a Lumia 925, 820 and 710 and currently work phone is also Lumia 735) and I love the phone though recently it has crashed a few times when using the camera and I also get the ghost touch issue. I've been tempted to go for a Xiaomi but as I like the WP10 platform due to its integration with Emails, Office 365 I've not moved over. Also Edge browser does the job for me for the lack of apps and most of the apps I require are there such as Viber, WhatsApp, VLC Media player, Ring Go parking. The offline Maps feature is brilliant and being on a 6" screen works very well in the car. What I like most about the 1520 is the camera and batterylife. Perhaps the 950XL will be a nice upgrade on the camera of my 1520.
Edited by: "yasirk" 2nd Apr 2017
still using a 920 , it wont upgrade to 10 but does everything I want in a phone
and been very reliable.

The uncertainty and rumours about the future of windows phones has been dragging on for too long
and MS are losing customers because of it.




Absolutely loved my 1020. Best phone I've owned. Reluctantly about to post it up on eBay (resale value on them looks good)
amour3k

Hmmmmmmmm, interesting perception that?.Do you think Microsoft will … Hmmmmmmmm, interesting perception that?.Do you think Microsoft will abandon all/their whole Windows Phone thing in the near to distant future then?, or .....



They've not announced any phones for about 18 months. They may be holding off until surface phone, or they may pull out altogether....
I've loved windows phone, and had one since they came out (Samsung Omnia 7) and had windows mobile before that, The OS does everything I want, and, in terms of features has been pretty much ahead of iOS / Android for a lot of the genuinely useful additions.

That said - there are some irritations - i've never had a hsbc app, although my natwest account has an app, and several other apps are conspicuous by there abscence. Contactless pay is only available in the US despite the hardware supporting it....

Perhaps the worst thing is lack of accessories - they are available, but generally limited choice and you have to order online, whereas with an iPhone you can pick up a case or a screen protector at the local petrol station or supermarket.

My lumia 830 eventually gave up the ghost about a fortnight ago and after much thought and debate - iPhone SE vs Xiaomi Mi5/s vs Zuk Z2 /pro, I eventually plumped for a Lumia 950 (not XL) knowing that everything I had on my old phone would carry over with minimal fuss.
How it is compared to LG G3? G3 has similar specs. it is coming for 154 pounds in argos ebay 1 year warranty.
ebay.co.uk/itm…182?hash=item51e36f3186:g:2ksAAOSwB09YKvme
1. can anyone please advice me which is better between G4 refurbished for 154 or Lumia 219?
2. Lumia coming with 2 years warranty.. where to claim warranty just in case.. is with BT? or with Microsoft if any failure?
3. is Lumia dual sim?

Edited by: "haisrisri" 1st Apr 2017
Good deal, hot
A lot of crap spoken against the Windows phones by people who haven't a clue, just quoting others (particularly the tosh by djbenny1).
I loved mine.

Edited by: "PhilK" 1st Apr 2017
bilbob

Tried searching for it, but it doesn't appear anywhere, even when you … Tried searching for it, but it doesn't appear anywhere, even when you type in 'Lumia 950xl'...Or use the categories to drill down...Weird...I'm looking for a 950 ... :/Price here is good, size is not


I clicked on the link and there it is. How are you missing it ?
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