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  1. Seketh's Avatar
    So, when Tango was announced, it maked sense. There were no devices below 200, and Tango was supposed to compete with the lower-end Android devices, bringing devices with similar prices, below 200. It was a good strategy.

    But what do we have now? The Nokia Lumia 610 is found at 199 in some markets, 249 in another and in my country it goes all the way up to 279, which is only 40 less than the Lumia 710. And then we have the Samsung Omnia M, which is going to cost an outrageous 299. 299 for a 4GB Tango device.

    Mango devices like the Acer Allegro can be found for only 179! And in some markets, like the UK, the Lumia 710 is cheaper than the 610!

    Tango devices can't run Angry Birds, PES 2012, or Skype. While it's possible that those applications will be updated to run on Tango (there's absolutely no reason why Angry Birds shouldn't work), the question is when? When Windows Phone 8 is released?

    Why would informed buyers go for a Tango device when they can get a cheaper Mango device? This is only going to hurt Windows Phone with uninformed buyers buying Tango devices, it makes no sense having the Lumia 610 and the Omnia M being sold at those prices.

    Right now the whole Tango situation is absurd, and it's only hurting Windows Phone. I'd like to hear your opinion and ask WPCentral to get an answer from Microsoft, we can't just stand idly by looking at the current situation.

    If WPCentral cares about Windows Phone, you must try to get an answer!
    05-28-2012 11:32 AM
  2. selfcreation's Avatar
    hey Seketh,

    First of all Bro , you CANNOT compare prices for different regions,
    In my country , just changing province will change the COST of the phone/price plan or you will pay the same for different Functions/usage. this is because of marketing and people mentality changes from place to place.

    Second , about the APPS , or the WP8 update = we have ZERO info on that. and if a game/app requires more then 250MB then forget it on the LOW END phones.

    regarding Skype , tango phones use to have access to it but they removed it cause they couldn't support it 100% ( they talk about it in the last podcast here:http://www.windowscentral.com/window...new-apps-skype )


    The Nokia 610: Full price 384.99$ | On 3 year term: no price
    The Nokia 800: Full price 529.99$ | on 3 year term: $49.99*
    The Nokia 900: Full price 474.99$ | On 3 year term: $99.99

    Does are the full prices of the Nokia's in my country , seems right , accept the Nokia 800 does seem to be a little overpriced.
    Last edited by Se1fcr3ation; 05-28-2012 at 12:04 PM.
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    05-28-2012 11:50 AM
  3. Seketh's Avatar
    I'm not talking just about Lumia devices, I'm talking about the Windows Phone market in general, and not just between some countries but globally.

    Don't you have Mango devices cheaper than the Lumia 610 in your country?
    05-28-2012 12:08 PM
  4. ninjaap's Avatar
    The cheapest Mango device on ATT website is $399 without contract. And that's a first gen Samsung Focus.
    05-28-2012 12:21 PM
  5. selfcreation's Avatar
    I'm not talking just about Lumia devices, I'm talking about the Windows Phone market in general, and not just between some countries but globally.

    Don't you have Mango devices cheaper than the Lumia 610 in your country?
    only 1-2 FIRST GEN phones ( focus , and maybe 1 more) are cheaper cause they are EOL ( end of life ) and 2 years old!!!

    and the rest of them are all EOL and or out of stock so you cant get them.

    FYI tango phones have all the same functions as the MANGO phones , just a few more limitation on apps/games.
    05-28-2012 12:34 PM
  6. eric12341's Avatar
    Also keep in mind that these are new in box prices while the others are used. Lots of people are skeptical about used devices and would just rather get them brand new.
    05-28-2012 12:41 PM
  7. ninjaap's Avatar
    I think the problem WP faces with putting out a budget device is how are they going to differenciate it from the regular or high end phones. If you allow the manufacturer to run with 256mb and it can do everything a 512mb can, why would they even build phones with 512mb? I think they may be going for the method some app devs are employing - example: Parcel Tracker (you're limited to tracking 3 packages for free version and more for the paid version). So maybe they're using the Marketplace as a way to differenciate and add more value to non-Tango devices. If you want to use premium apps like Skype and Angry Birds, then pay more for access. If you don't care for said apps, then you can get a cheaper device.

    Is that wrong? I don't think so. You get a lower priced phone that performs just as well as the more expensive WP devices. But this is all assuming that the said apps will continue not work on Tango.
    05-28-2012 12:42 PM
  8. selfcreation's Avatar
    OH!

    FYI related to Angry Birds: The Nokia Lumia 610 can't run Angry Birds but Rovio is going to fix that

    will probably see a MUCH BIGGER difference in phone price/Functions once WP8 comes out
    like the 2 types of tablets we gona get.

    I thing these LOW END PHONES are like a TRIAL for MS.
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    05-28-2012 12:42 PM
  9. ninjaap's Avatar
    OH!

    FYI related to Angry Birds: The Nokia Lumia 610 can't run Angry Birds but Rovio is going to fix that

    will probably see a MUCH BIGGER difference in phone price/Functions once WP8 comes out
    like the 2 types of tablets we gona get.

    I thing these LOW END PHONES are like a TRIAL for MS.
    OH!!

    There goes my theory... Hahaha... So why would I buy a non-Tango phone now when I get the same thing for cheaper?
    05-28-2012 12:55 PM
  10. selfcreation's Avatar
    honestly its probably not worth it unless that's ALL your carrier has.

    I still think will see the BIG picture once WP8 comes out , and I feel liek they rushed out the LOW end phones just to *create* that Entry level market, but in reality its almost NOT worth it, less specs same price.(more or less)

    what we might see with WP8 and low-end VS High-end phones.

    - dual-core VS single-core maybe?
    - HD VS SD screens ,
    - camera quality ..
    - Limited Ecosystem? cross platform?
    - APP/Game restriction as well ,

    probably.
    Last edited by Se1fcr3ation; 05-28-2012 at 02:05 PM.
    05-28-2012 01:59 PM
  11. Seketh's Avatar
    Apps/Games Tango devices can't run (from wmpoweruser):

    Skype
    Tango
    Sid Meier;s Pirates
    PES 2012
    NFS Hot Pursuit
    Lets Golf 2
    Angry Birds
    Plant vs Zombies
    Deer Hunter 3D
    Monopoly
    Navigon
    Nokia City Lens
    Navigon
    Iberia Navigation GPS Tuner
    Navigation Europe GPS Tuner
    Brain ByeBye
    Hi Dodonpac maximum
    NFS: Hot Pursuit
    Fragger
    Bug Village
    MiniSquadron
    Doodle God
    Spider Jack
    Lets Golf 2
    Orbital
    Collapse
    IonBallEX
    Cro-Mag Rally
    Beards & Beaks
    Tentacles
    Hydro Thunder GO
    Fable: Coin Golf
    Brain Challenge HD
    Halo Waypoint
    Assassins Creed
    Glyder: Worlds of Adventure
    The Harvest
    The Sims 3
    Rocket Riot
    Bejeweled Live


    It's quite a long list, unexpected even Why Microsoft? Why Tango?
    05-29-2012 09:52 AM
  12. invertme's Avatar
    I don't think we should be calling them tango devices as all WP handsets will be running Tango at some point. That whole naming structure is weird. In any event I think the Lumia 610 is a mistake. It never should have been made - if there was someway for Nokia to scrap it immediately they should.

    I agree with the path of Windows Phone in almost every way except for the 610... it needs to burn in a fire and never been seen again.
    05-29-2012 10:50 AM
  13. ninjaap's Avatar
    I don't think we should be calling them tango devices as all WP handsets will be running Tango at some point. That whole naming structure is weird. In any event I think the Lumia 610 is a mistake. It never should have been made - if there was someway for Nokia to scrap it immediately they should.

    I agree with the path of Windows Phone in almost every way except for the 610... it needs to burn in a fire and never been seen again.
    I'm pretty sure I remember blogs stating that there would be 2 types of Tango. One for the lower end phones and the other for the regular update path.

    If they can get the pricing fixed and under control, then I'm all for these lower end devices that have less features and don't have access to premium apps. Provided that it's also cheaper to own (ie cheaper/zero data plans). I think there is still a big market for people who don't need all these apps, but still may want basic (but rich) features like email, better browsers, and a great and easy to use OS.

    As an example, I added my parents to my family plan on ATT. My wife and I handed down our Samsung Focuses to them, but can't use them without having to add an expensive data plan, which they will hardly ever use. They have no interest in Angry Birds or any other game. They just want a nice looking touch phone that just works, without data. Are we supposed to tell people like them not to get a Windows Phone? Is it fair that they're stuck with flipphones or qwerty phones? I don't think so.
    05-29-2012 11:17 AM
  14. invertme's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure I remember blogs stating that there would be 2 types of Tango. One for the lower end phones and the other for the regular update path.

    If they can get the pricing fixed and under control, then I'm all for these lower end devices that have less features and don't have access to premium apps. Provided that it's also cheaper to own (ie cheaper/zero data plans). I think there is still a big market for people who don't need all these apps, but still may want basic (but rich) features like email, better browsers, and a great and easy to use OS.

    As an example, I added my parents to my family plan on ATT. My wife and I handed down our Samsung Focuses to them, but can't use them without having to add an expensive data plan, which they will hardly ever use. They have no interest in Angry Birds or any other game. They just want a nice looking touch phone that just works, without data. Are we supposed to tell people like them not to get a Windows Phone? Is it fair that they're stuck with flipphones or qwerty phones? I don't think so.
    I agree with you but the difference in price for 256mb and 512mb is what - a dollar? I fully understand the price point issue but Nokia should try to save money in other places. They could offer the full experience on these low end devices and they should aim for that.

    The 610 is essentially like offering two different mobile OSes. Maybe they should change the OS to WPLite or something like that.
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    05-29-2012 11:33 AM
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