Guess who’s the undisputed winner of Nokia’s inability to provide enough Lumia 920 smartphones?
No prizes if you guessed HTC 8X.
With Lumia 920 now sold out at most places, customers are turning their attention to other Windows Phone 8 devices. Highest on the list is HTC’s 8X — the Taiwanese company is profiting inside out, left and right, from Nokia’s no show.
Most people would put Samsung Ativ S as an even better alternative to Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920, but the little fact that it is yet to hit store shelves in the United States, essentially rules it out until it does.
And with word on the street that Ativ S is delayed into 2013, there remains only one contender. Samsung denies these rumors, but only has, what, 20 odd days to prove itself right.
HTC, on the other hand, launched both the 8X and 8S smartphones around the same time Lumia 920 came to the market. And while Nokia’s latest and greatest won most of the plaudits, the 8X wasn’t far behind in appreciation.
The latest is that both AT&T and Amazon Wireless have sold out their stocks of the 8X. The former ships the smartphone in 7-14 days, and the latter has it on backorder with fulfillment in 1 to 2 weeks.
AT&T is offering the smartphone on a $100 two-year contract, while Amazon has an even better deal at only $0.01 for a two-year agreement. It rarely gets better than this, except the little issue of depleted stocks.
Verizon, however, still has the deluxe smartphone in stock and ready to ship, but how soon it runs out of it remains to be seen.
Needless to say, HTC is making the most of the situation.
And interestingly, looks to do so for the foreseeable future.