On Monday this week, Microsoft officially announced that the Lumia 950 and 950 XL were available in stores in Australia. The range of retailers other than Microsoft who will be carrying the devices has narrowed a little compared to other flagship releases. No surprise you can hop into Microsoft’s own store in Sydney, and pick up either for the R.R.P that was initially announced. As yet Microsoft have come forth with no special offers to grease the pockets of potential buyers, although there may be something in the works in the coming weeks.
@AshManSays We just can’t give any details for now but we will have something in store next week. 🙂 ^Julie
— Microsoft Australia (@MSAU) December 9, 2015
In response to one conversation this week about special offers, one hint was dropped, but of course no details were given.
Other retailers, carriers selling the 950, 950XL ore quite limited at the moment. from the Microsoft announcement,
In Australia, customers can purchase Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, starting at an estimated retail price of AU$999 by visiting Microsoftstore.com, the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman or Optus. Commercial customers should speak to their authorized resellers
It looks like JB Hifi is only selling the phones via their commercial arm, so at the moment the phones do not show up on their website or in physcal stores. Harvey Norman however is a different story, with both the Lumia 950, 950XL available in selected stores. A quick search at time of this post shows stock is not available in every store Victoria wide. Also Harvey Norman’sonline page is showing the Lumia 550 coming soon for $AU198, which seems like a fairly good price.
Optus of course has stolen the march on local carriers, selling both phones on a broad range of post-paid plans, and outright for $AU864. Of course they kicked off with a great offer, and probably moved 300 Lumia initially. At least the Lumia 950 is expected to be on Optus store shelves this week, for a walk in try and buy.
Last but not least, Virgin Mobile has the Lumia 950 available, a wee bit surprising, yet Virgin use the Optus network so… They have some interesting contract free purchase options that some folks might find beneficial.
The one carrier that most of us would have expected to carry the new Lumia would have been Telstra. While Telstra chat services are happy to say the devices are coming soon, through social channels such as Twitter, and the Telstra CrowdSupport forums, the carrier is still holding its cards close to it’s chest. Hopefully there is some news on that front in the coming weeks.