Verizon says a free Windows Phone is coming "before the end of the year", likely the ATIV Odyssey

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Verizon has one more ace up its sleeve for the holidays, and it’s gonna be cheap.

Speaking to The Verge, Verizon’s Chief Marketing Officer Tami Erwin broke down their lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices for the holiday. Erwin spoke of their $199 option (HTC’s Windows Phone 8X) and their $99 option (Nokia’s Lumia 822), but then also let slip that they plan to add another device to the family at the free price option “before the end of the year”.

Naturally the free price point most likely are not the 8X and Lumia 822, so what’s left? The humble Samsung ATIV Odyssey, which was announced by the carrier weeks ago and most recently leaked in its first render. Previously we said the ATIV Odyssey was most likely a mid-range device, and that theory is now supported by Erwin’s comments. We’d expect the Odyssey to match the Lumia 810/820/822 and the HTC Windows Phone 8S in terms of specs, meaning you can expect the same 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 and at least 512 MB of RAM.

From the codename’s grandeur beginnings as a high-end flagship down to its current state as a Verizon penny phone, the Samsung Windows Phone has had quite the pre-release journey. Don’t underestimate the power of a free phone to customers though, especially on the nation’s top carrier.

Source: The Verge

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