The next time you're out battling the crowd at Wally World stocking up on toilet paper, cereal, and fish bait (hopefully for different purposes and not because of some weird fetish), you may decide to add a Windows Phone 7.5 device to your shopping cart. It's not exactly a tough sell when the mega retailer decides to give one away for free, like it's doing with Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone.
A new 2-year service contract is of course required, and you'll have to weigh whether or not you're ready to hook up with T-Mobile for that long knowing that the chances of it being bought out by AT&T are fairly slim and nearly next to none at this point (which is a plus for some people). If you're okay with the terms, this is as cheap as a Windows Phone 7.5 device gets. T-Mobile and other retailers are selling the same phone for $50, some of which require a mail-in-rebate to get that price.
The Lumia 710 comes pre-loaded with Mango and sports a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1.4GHz single-core processor, 5MP camera with flash and HD video recording, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. The phone is a precursor to Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900, another Windows Phone 7.5 device but with a larger screen (4.3-inch display), more storage (16GB), a better camera (8MP), and a few other feature upgrades.