Windows Phones have not been doing too well in Latin America recently, with old models being retired from shelves and new models not being distributed there.
In fact one of our readers wrote:
This has been slowly happening for several months now, but now all windows phones have been removed from all carriers in Mexico, we even had some Alcatel and the cheap models listed in the past but now they just don’t offer any windows phone/mobile cellphones, the Microsoft website still shows some lumias but you can only purchase them at full retail cost on stores non carrier related like Wal-Mart, liverpool, sears and other mexican chains like that, and even there phones like top seller Lumia 535 is out of stock and we are told there is not going to be any new stock, you can actually see a lot of models being on rebate since they are “discontinued” according to the sellers. I have tried to contact the carriers support line to ask about new models (I have contract with telcel and movistar which are the major carriers) but they will simple say that the phones are out of stock and there is no plans to sell them anymore and will proceed to convince you buy and iphone/android.
Now we in fact have some good news to share. Microsoft has just launched the Lumia 650 in Mexico, with the handset set to be available on Movistar for a relatively affordable 4399 MXN (around $250) which is of course more than what everyone else is paying, but not unusual for Windows Phones in Latin America.
The device will hit Movistar’s shelves next week, with Microsoft having said they would share details availability in North America very soon also.
The Lumia 650 is a very stylish device only somewhat let down by a lower-end processor, and scored 8.1 in our full review. Read that here.