We know both Three and O2/Telefonica have shown interest in the Nokia Lumia 1020, with Three showing a preview hands-on video and O2 having leaked a press release regarding the handset.
Now Engadget has been able to confirm the new smartphone will indeed show up on both carriers this quarter, ie before the end of September.
From an earlier leaked press release we expect O2 will have an exclusive on the 64 GB version of the handset, while Three has said their device will be Ultrafast Ready (DC-HSPA).
There is no word on the other carriers yet, but the handset will likely have a relatively wide release in Europe.
After Vodafone 3 UK has now also started taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 925.
The handset is on offer for £35 per month with unlimited data, 500 min and 500 text, and will come with a free wireless cover and charging stand worth £95 for a limited period.
Three is being coy about how much storage the device has, which leads me to assume it is 16 GB, but hopefully the fast network and unlimited data will compensate for that.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is expected to ship on the 21st June. See the handset at Three here.
In a press release today Three UK promised to provide LTE service at no extra price to their subscribers, unlike EE, which added a premium to their LTE plans.
"Our customers choose Three because they love the internet and know they can get great speeds and great value on our award-winning network," said Three UK chief executive Dave Dyson.
They also promised to roll out 42 Mbs Dual Channel HSDPA +, saying it already covered 55% of their subscribers, and will hit 80% by March.
"As we add the next wave of technology to our Ultrafast network, we’ve listened to our customers and thought long and hard about the right way to do it. We don’t want to limit Ultrafast services to a select few based on a premium price and we’ve decided our customers will get this service as standard. With Three, it’s simple, great value and Ultrafast. What you might expect from the network that was built for the internet."
The company has just launched the Nokia Lumia 920 on their network. The press release confirmed the Nokia Lumia 920 was DC-HSDPA compatible, though it did not confirm LTE support specifically.
See the press release after the break.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is finally available from Three UK.
The handset is available with unlimited data from Â£34 per month plus a once-off payment of Â£69, the same price plan as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and Â£6 per month more than the HTC 8X.
The handset is touted to be HSDPA+42 ready, which is good given that Three does not have an LTE network in place yet.
See the deal at Three here.
Thanks Jaspal for the tip.
Nokia has announced the immediate availability of the Nokia Lumia 620 in UK.
The handset is available on O2, ThreeUK and Virgin Media today, and will be costing Â£149.99 on Pay as You Go on O2, or free on a Â£18.50 contract. Vodafone will be offering the handset from the 6th February in white and black.
On O2 the device will be coming with one free replacement back plate, worth Â£20, in either yellow, orange, green, white or cyan model.
EE is still to commit to releasing the handset.
Â£149.99 is about Â£50 more than the very successful Nokia Lumia 610, and we hope buyers can see the increased value in the much more powerful handset.
Those specs again:
- System: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
- Battery: 1300 Li-ion mAh
- Dimensions: 115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm
- Display: 3.8 inch capacitive touchscreen â€“ TFT
- Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels â€“ Nokia ClearBlack display
- Memory: 8 GB Storage 512GB RAM â€“ MicroSD up to 64 GB
- Camera: 5 Megapixel, LED Flash, autofocus, video, 720- 30fps
- Connectivity: Hotspots, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 Dual band, Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth, GPRS class B, EDGE class B, NFC
- Platform: Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Three UKâ€™s Pay as You Go prices for the Nokia Lumia 620 has been revealed.
Coolsmartphone has grabbed a picture of the most recent Argos circular, showing that the Windows Phone 8 dual-core smartphone will run at Â£199 on PAYG with a Â£10 top-up on Three UK.
That makes it Â£50 more than the Nokia Lumia 610 handset it replaces, which is sure to affect sales, but still relatively affordable for the specs, and of course the price will likely drift down in time.
See Three giving an overview of the handset after the break.
The EE exclusivity for the Nokia Lumia 920 is over, and the handset is now starting to appear on other networks.
Three UK has already said in December they will be carrying the handset, and the device, and also its cheaper sibling, the Nokia Lumia 620, has now appeared on their website as coming soon.
Unfortunately soon is still February, but thatâ€™s only about 3 weeks away.
Three UK is well know for its fast network and very competitive data pricing, both features very useful for smartphone owners.
See the web page here and register to be notified of more details.
Thanks Jamil for the tip.
We already know EE will be losing their Nokia Lumia 920 exclusivity next year, with Vodafone already promising to carry the handset.
Now on Twitter 3 UK has also chimed in, and confirmed that they too will be carrying the device. Unfortunately no time scale was given, but it is likely around the same time as as Vodafone.
Three is the favourite network in UK for power users, with a fast 3G network with very reasonable data plans, so the development is really good news which should make Nokia Lumia fans very happy.
It seems the age of affordable and even cheap Windows Phone 8 handsets is now really upon us.
Three UK has announced that they will be carrying the HTC 8S online and in all their stores.
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available for Â£19 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan, which gives you all you can eat data and 5000 texts and 100 min talk time or for Â£17 a month with no upfront cost on the Essential Internet 100 plan, which offers 250 MB of data and the same voice and text bundle, both with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, "The 8S offers great all-round performance and coupled with our straightforward and affordable plans with no surprise-out of-bundle data charges, you’ll be able to enjoy the best experience on Three".
The device is also available on Pay As You Go for Â£179.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs Â£15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs Â£25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.
See the device and plans at 3 UK here.
GSMArena managed to get their hands on an internal document detailing the pricing of the HTC 8X, HTC’s Windows Phone 8 flagship, on Three in UK.
The handset is cheaper than expected, being available for only Â£349.99 on Pay as you Go, and on contract for Â£29 on the one Plan, which includes unlimited data and phone calls for only Â£34 per month.
The most expensive deal on contract is for Â£109 on their Â£27 essential internet plan, which offers 100 min calls, 500 text and 250 MB data.
The handset is expected to arrive on November 15th.
Are these prices tilting our readers in the direction of the HTC 8X? Let us know below.
We know Windows Phone 7 is banking heavily on gaining some consumer credentials, rather than targeting business folk.
It is therefore interesting to see the Samsung Omnia 7 popping up on two UK networks in the business section.
On UK network 3 the phone is now available for pre-order (and funnily enough claims to support Google Maps and Skype.
On T-Mobile the handset is now being offered to business users on a very attractive Â£35/month 24 month Business Unlimited Contract with unlimited internet, unlimited texts and unlimited phone calls.
Now we know Windows Phone 7 comes with plenty of business features, such as multiple calendars, SharePoint and exchange support and of course office, but could selling these phones as business handsets diffuse Microsoftâ€™s consumer message? Let us know below.
Via Coolsmartphone, also thanks Martyn for the tip.
Three UK has traditionally not been the home of great smartphones, but that has been changing over the last year, and the company is now getting ready to launch a Windows Phone 7 device soon.
They have opened a page for pre-registration to be notified of the launch, and punters will stand a chance of winning an unidentified smartphone running the OS from there.
In a blog post 3 writes:
But weâ€™ve got one more massively exciting announcement up our sleeves, and itâ€™s one weâ€™ve been doing our best to keep a lid on!
Those of you itching to get your hands on the much talked about, but cloaked in secrecy, Windows Phone 7, can do so with us. I can confirm that weâ€™ll be ranging a Windows Phone, running on the Windows Phone 7 operating system before the year is out! Excited? We are. Want to win one? Weâ€™re running a competition â€“ you can find out the details and enter here.
Weâ€™re really excited about this oneâ€¦ keep your eyes peeled for information about the phones that are running Windows Phone 7, and which will be coming to Three, very soon.
Three at the moment have some of the better data rates in UK. Are any of our readers as excited about Windows Phone 7 showing up on that network? Let us know below.