Verizon’s Samsung Ativ Odyssey might be free on contract when it launches before the end of the year

Right now, Verizon has a Windows Phone 8 device priced at $99.99 (the Nokia Lumia 822), and one going for $199.99 (the HTC 8X). Both of these should have started shipping by now.

Big Red won’t be stopping here, though. It plans to have a WP8 device free on contract by the end of this year. Since the Samsung Ativ Odyssey is the only other smartphone running Microsoft’s latest mobile OS that’s currently on its way to Verizon, it’s pretty clear that it will be that free handset.

The carrier’s intentions regarding Windows Phone pricing have been made public by its CMO, Tami Erwin, who spoke to The Verge on the subject.

With this move, Verizon would essentially have an entire range of WP8 devices in its stores, covering all three main price points on contract – $0, $100, and $200. This push may have a positive impact on WP8 device sales, naturally. Just how positive, though, remains to be seen.

The Samsung Ativ Odyssey hasn’t been officially unveiled by Verizon yet. However, press images showcasing it (which you can see above) got leaked yesterday courtesy of @evleaks. According to WMPoweruser, the Ativ Odyssey may come with a 4-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 5 MP camera, and 8 GB of built-in storage space with microSD expansion.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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