If you follow me on Twitter or know me personally, you know that I’m a big user of Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. In 2009 I weighed in at just under 300lbs while today I’m a healthy 195lbs and I credit my Fitbit (One and now a Flex) as well as MyFitnessPal as part of my success in losing the weight and keeping it off. That said, there are some out there who do not necessarily want to have a wearable device to track their activities let alone have another app they have to go to so they can log their food and caloric intake.
With the introduction of the Lumia 1520, Nokia introduced SensorCore, a sensor and software application built into certain Lumia devices that will allow you to track activities such as walking and running. Couple that with the free MSN Health & Fitness app for Windows Phone, you now have a way to keep track of your steps, runs, diet, and calories burned all in one app and you don’t have to wear any other devices other than your Lumia in your pocket – which is where it always is anyway, right? Setting up your Lumia to use SensorCore is easy and it automatically configures MSN Health & Fitness so you can get to tracking things straight away.
While it has been floating about in the rumor mill for the last week or so, Microsoft themselves have now confirmed that 1GB variant of the Lumia 635 is on its way to select markets and carriers. The change is welcome as the Lumia 635 remains the most popular Lumia Windows Phone on the market with every carrier globally seemingly having the device available for as low as $69. The 1GB will bring it up to spec with the Lumia 535 which has 1GB of RAM but is outperformed by the 635 overall.
It seems weekly that Microsoft is running a great deal on the Lumia 635. This week is no exception. Right now on the Microsoft Store you can get a Lumia 635 free when you purchase a 1 year subscription to Xbox Music Pass. The deal is $99 and that gets you one year of Xbox which you can stream to your device (ad-free I might add), create your own stations, download music for offline listening and sync this across all your devices. It’s a great deal by itself but now you get arguably a fantastic music player in the Lumia 635 included. Oh yeah, it’s a pretty good phone too.
To get this deal, follow the link below. If you haven’t read my review of the Lumia 635, you can do that right here.
If you have been on the fence about picking up a Lumia 635 on the AT&T network, now is the time to jump. At the Microsoft Store you can pick one up for only $69 and there is no contract commitment required from AT&T. It’s a great deal on a great little Windows Phone. I reviewed the Lumia 635 when it was first released and it is still one of my favorite devices. It’s small, lightweight and has quite a bit of power for an entry level phone.
The Lumia 635 has been one of the better selling devices for Microsoft and has always been at a great price point. Throughout most of the holidays it was between $69-99 and was even as low as $39 on Black Friday. Still, at $69 this is a great phone even for daily use but certainly could fit the role of a back up phone or a media player device.
Just as a reminder, here are the highlights on the specs of the Lumia 635:
5MP camera with 720p HD video
8GB storage / microSD 128GB
Windows Phone 8.1
There is no word on when this price will end (it has been $99 for most of this year) or if this is a new permanent price for the phone. Regardless, get one now while the price is this low.
Don’t forget that you can also get the Lumia 635 accessory bundle for $60, a savings of $38 if you were to buy all of the contents separately. That bundle includes a case of your choice (selected cases), a screen protector, and a Nokia DC-21 portable battery charger
AT&T has posted on Twitter that customers can expect to see the Lumia Denim update for devices on their network “soon”. The Tweet was a reply to long time Windows Platform Development MVP Ginny Caughey who somewhat sarcastically Tweeted that she would likely see Windows 10 on her Lumia 1520 before Lumia Denim was released. AT&T apparently was paying attention and replied with this Tweet:
@gcaughey The Denim update is coming soon. We will announce it’s availability on the AT&T Consumer Blog as soon as it’s ready for download.
It is certainly encouraging to hear that AT&T is looking to release Lumia Denim on the Lumia devices on their network but “soon” is a word that Windows Phone users have heard all too often. Still, we are likely talking weeks now instead of months.
The long rollout of Lumia Denim on Windows Phone continues but is finally starting to gain some carrier steam. UK provider O2 has released the latest update for the Lumia 635, Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 on their network. For those of you who are on O2 and have these devices, you can go to Settings>phone update on your device to check for the update if it has not already been pushed down to you.
The news of O2 rolling out Lumia Denim is welcome as more carriers globally are starting to roll it out after it was released in December. Just last week UK’s EE network released the update for their customers using the Lumia 930 as did Brazil’s TIM network. As for North American carriers, the wait continues.
At the Microsoft Store you can now get a great deal for your Lumia 635, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. The Lumia 635 Accessories Bundle (and those for the 1020 and 1520) brings you a case of your choice, a screen protector and a Microsoft DC-21 portable power pack for $60. On the Lumia 635, that’s a savings of over $38 if you were to buy them separately while on the Lumia 1020 Accessory Bundle the savings could be as high as $70.
This is big news Windows Phone fans as Sprint has just announced they will once again be carrying Windows Phone as part of their device line up. Starting December 23, next Tuesday, Sprint will offer the Lumia 635 on their Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile networks and for Sprint customers they will have it as part of their pre-paid program starting January 16.
The Lumia 635 will be offered on all three of the networks as a no contract option but will be eligible for their unlimited talk, voice and data programs.
The announcement means that all four of the major US mobile carriers – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint – are carrying at least one Windows Phone device. AT&T and T-Mobile have been the two that have been furthest ahead when it comes to support for the platform while Verizon has still yet to release the Lumia Cyan update for the Lumia Icon. Hopefully Sprint will add some fuel to the Windows Phone fire in the United States as there is now, literally, no limit on any carrier.