Living up to their slogan of “Be First”, Expansys Netherlands and Belgium have started shipping the Nokia Lumia 930.
The high end Windows Phone is retailing for 549.99 Euro unlocked, and Expansys currently has 18 of the black and 33 of the white ones available.
Be one of the first and nab the handset from Expansys here.
Thanks shizoframia for the tip.
Telecompaper has reported on some results from their Consumer Panel covering the Dutch smartphone market in Q1 2014.
According to their result Windows Phone has grown to 3% of users, with Symbian users mainly switching to that OS.
This placed Windows Phone at the same level as beleaguered Blackberry and interestingly around the same as US numbers, according to Comscore, which pegs it at 3.3%.
Read more results for the other operating systems at Telecompaper here.
Many of us are eagerly awaiting Nokia’s new flagship, the Nokia Lumia 930.
According to their website Dutch online retailer Central point are expecting stock by the 16th of June. Now they have told reader Jelmer that the wait may be even shorter with their customer service suggesting the handset could hit stores as early as next week.
On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that the Huawei Ascend W2 will be coming to Russia and Netherlands this month.
The handset will be available in black, blue, yellow, and red, and has a unique feature where the colour of the capacitive key backlight changes to match accent colour of the handset.
The smartphone otherwise features a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 WVGA IPS display, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a micro SD expansion slot. It also has FM radio support and 5 MP camera that supports 720P video recording and playback. The screen also works with gloves, and the handset’s 1700 mAh battery claims up to 16 days standby time.
“We’re excited to build on our partnership with Huawei to launch another unique handset that will delight customers around the globe,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s recently-formed Operating Systems Group.
The low-cost handset will retail for around $280 in Russia and for around 200 Euro in the Netherlands.
I suspect some developer to carriers must be closing a number of projects, as we are seeing carrier apps for Windows Phone popping up all over the place.
The latest is the My Vodafone app for the Netherlands.
The app lets Vodafone users:
- View their call, sms, data and consumption credit
- View and easily manage their consumption BloX advantage bundles
- View paid and unpaid invoices
- Understand your contract end date
- View international pricing information
The app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Via WP7.nl, thanks Mark for the tip.
GSMInfo.nl reports that Huawei’s Dutch division has revealed the Netherlands will be the first European country to stock the Huawei Ascend W2.
The mid-range handset has similar specs to the Nokia Lumia 520, except for featuring a front-facing camera, 4.3 inch WVGA screen and colour-changing capacitive keys that match your accent colour.
The handset has a:
- 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM
- 8 GB of internal memory, expandable with max. 32 GB via microSD
- 4.3 inch TFT screen with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
- 5-megapixel camera with led Flash
- Windows Phone 8
The device should retail for around 200 euro, which is somewhat more expensive than the Nokia Lumia 520.
Do our readers see any reason to pick this handset over Nokia’s offerings? Let us know below.
Thanks Thomas for the tip.
The Windows Phone 8 GDR 2 update is rolling out to the HTC 8X in Netherlands, with reader Marcel reporting that his unbranded handset has received the software update.
Unfortunately, like the Samsung ATIV S in Germany, no Datasense is included but at least the FM Radio function is firmly in place.
Have any of our other readers using the handset received the update? Let us know below.
Thanks Marcel for the tip and screen shots.
Nokia has announced in a press release that the Nokia Lumia 520 will be coming to the Netherlands in Mid-May.
The handset has similar specifications to the Nokia Lumia 620 and 720, including the super-sensitive touch screen and 8 GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera, though the pictures are probably not as good as one will get on the 720.
The device comes with exchangeable covers, and for the Dutch Nokia is offering a free cover which can be requested at nokiapromotion.nl.
The handset will cost only 179 Euro and will also be available in the pre-paid market for even cheaper.
AllaboutPhones.nl seems to have managed to lay their hands on some photos of a slide deck from a Huawei presentation in which they discuss their Windows Phone product strategy.
The picture shows the company plans to have Youth handsets with the best value (presumably WP 7.8), then Gold handsets, which are balanced and value for money, Platinum handsets which features design and fashion, and Diamond high end models which were innovative and gadgets in their own right.
The last 3 handsets would all run Windows Phone 8.
The Ascend W1 is labelled as the handset which will make Windows Phone 8 accessible to the masses (much like the Nokia Lumia 620 is doing).
Pocketinfo.nl claims from sources that Samsung has pushed back the Samsung ATIV S another month further out, with the handset set to arrive in the Netherlands only in March 2013.
There is no explanation for the delay, given that the handset is already in Austria, but Pocketinfo suggests Samsung may be artificially limiting supply so that the AMOLED screens the device use can be used for Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 3.
They note whole Nokia and HTC brought their A game to Windows Phone 8 Samsung does not seem to have bothered much.
Read more atÂ Pocketinfo.nl
The Nokia Lumia 920 will become available at the end of January/early February in the Netherlands, and already pre-orders for the handset is flying up the charts, as can be seen from these screen shots from â€œCoolBlueâ€.
Even on Phonehouse, the European version of Carphone Warehouse, the pre-orders for all colours have climbed up the charts.
Unfortunately on Bol.com is is clear Nokia has still not gotten on top of their supply issues, with the company predicting delivery in 8-10 weeks.
With the handset still in high demand, we hope Nokia can get on top of Supply, before Demand fades.
Via NokiaPowerUser.com, thanks GG002 for the tip.
While many of us already have our Nokia Lumia 920â€™s firmly in our hands, Dutch Windows Phone fans are still waiting for the handset to arrive in their country.
The wait is nearly over however, with many major carriers now offering pre-orders for the handset, with delivery in January.
The carrier with the most explicit date is KPN, who are promising the handset for delivery in the first week of January 2013, available for 25 Euro per month on a two year contract.
Vodafone Netherlands are T-Mobile Netherlands have however also opened up pre-orders for the handset with Vodafone offering the device at 119.98 Euro on their recommended plan. See the device at the links provided.
Thanks Jtorrents for the tip.
WP7.nl reports that their Nokia Lumia 800 has just received the official Windows Phone 7.8 update via the Zune desktop software.
The update was served via 4 individual updates, first a Nokia Update for Windows Phone, the from 7.10.8773 to 7.10.8779.8, then 7.10.8783, and finally to 7.10.8858.136.
Thereafter users will notice the new boot screens and the option to resize their live tiles immediately.
WP7.nl suggests if you are salivating for the update to connect your phone to Zune and try your luck!
Have any of our other readers received the prompt? Let us know below.