I am a previous owner of a Lumia 1520 and loved the quality, build, and feel of the phone. All of the new microsoft phone products, including this one, feel extremely cheap, light, hollow, and flex when you hold them. Not to mentioned as you change screens you constantly get the 'Loading' message.
I'm sorry but at this point in the game, you should not receive a 'Loading' message unless you are downloading a file to your phone.
I struggled to stay with a windows phone because I truly loved my Lumia 1520 but now I have to bid them farewell. This is just a disappointment.
I love the 950 handset itself, it doesn't feel cheap to me at all...no "flexing", no squeaks, just very solid. I prefer the lighter phone, so I'm happy Microsoft chose all polycarbonate construction...that's a PLUS in my book.
Today 18 November I spotted an ad choice ad from the Microsoft Store offering this for $549.00US. I browsed over to the Microsoft Store and they did not have a price listed. I did see something load, briefly, that indicated a lower price but it vanished and I could not get it to reappear. Must be getting close to launch. I saw the Lumia 950XL is already discounted at the store.
I don't understand why a company who is struggling to get market share with their mobile OS would limit the sale of a FLAGSHIP phone to a single carrier even for a short period of time. Initial release is vital to a phone's success. I will be very disappointed if this turns out to be true.
Welp, some sources have partially refuted CNET's story. (And CNET has updated their article, removing the word "exclusive".) It looks like it won't be truly "exclusive" after all. We've updated the story to reflect that.