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Other features of Windows Phone 8 include Rooms, which lets you create private groups of people who also use Windows Phone devices so you can connect just with them, chat, or share calendars, photos and shopping lists. And Data Sense lets you surf more without going over your data limit by compressing Web images, deferring data tasks to free Wi-Fi and automatically adjusting your usage as you get closer to your plan limits.
Windows Phone 8 includes capabilities for payments via near-field communications (NFC). The Windows Phone wallet can also store your debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information on your phone. Microsoft will soon roll out a new Skype app that always stays on.
Meet Windows Phone Devices
Nokia, HTC and Samsung are rolling out Windows Phone 8 devices at U.S. carriers in the coming weeks. Verizon Wireless will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC for $199.99 with a two-year contract, and the Nokia Lumia 822, exclusive to Verizon, for $99.99 with a two-year contract.
AT&T will carry the Nokia Lumia 920, the Lumia 820 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, all going on sale in November. And T-Mobile will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC starting at $149.99 for the 16 GB version and the Nokia Lumia 810 from $99.99. T-Mobile is expecting customers to be able to purchase these Windows Phones on Nov. 14.