The Nokia Lumia 530 can now be had for as little as £39.95 commitment-free, and from only £8.50 on contract.
That brings the handset all the way down to feature phone level, and blows away any barriers to ownership of a Windows Phone.
If this handset gets good acceptance, it may become a bigger game changer than even the Nokia Lumia 520.
To see the full range of devices and tarrifs at Carphone Warehouse here.
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While we all pay close attention to the month of month fluctuations in the progress of Windows Phone, sometimes it is helpful to step back and look at the bigger picture.
Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 530, is now in stock at Unlocked-mobiles.com.
The handset is available in green, grey and orange, and comes with Facebook, Shazam and Instagram pre-installed.
Find the device at Unlocked-Mobiles here, and see the full specs after the break.
Microsoft today announced that the availability of Nokia Lumia 530 WP8.1 device in the UK from September 4th. The device will cost £60 without contract. It will be made available in all leading retailers and carriers like Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, O2, Vodafone, Three and EE.
The device comes with 4-inch 854 x 480 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4GB Internal memory. The device will be available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey. Nokia Lumia 530 will also be compatible with Nokia Shell for Lumia 530 and Nokia Flip Shell for Lumia 530 protective covers.
We speculated recently that the unique 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 was selling well due to hitting new low price points.
It seems many more are about to be sold, as Tesco UK has started offering the handset for only £254 unlocked.
The smartphone comes is available in both Black and Yellow and comes with Club card Boost, meaning when purchasing the handset the value of your existing relevant Tesco vouchers are doubled.
See the deal at Tesco Mobile here.
Cortana has arrived in UK, and while it is welcome to finally have the weather in logical Celsius rather than unfathomable Fahrenheit, it seems the voice assistant has also dropped a feature or two.
The most significant seems to that Cortana no longer offers up local attractions sourced from Foursquare, which is somewhat odd given that when set to USA is delivered some pretty good local data.
Of major importance for UK users is that the news sources are now local publications, but unfortunately Microsoft appears to have chosen the local version of Fox news in UK, the Daily Mail, which should keep us in sensational headlines for a while.
Cortana can now also no longer tell a joke, tell you verbally who the CEO or Microsoft or other chit chat.
Fortunately the Project Manager for Cortana, Marcus Ash, says the service roll-out to UK has not been completed yet, which suggests we may see the situation change in the near future.
How do our readers feel about the local Cortana, which appears to sound somewhat less enthusiastic compared to the US version also? Let us know below.
Update: Chit chat seems to be enabled now.
Update 2: Foursquare now also working.
A survey of phone retailer mobiles.co.uk of 2,300 smartphone buyers reveal Windows Phone users were generally loyal to the OS, with 58% upgrading to a Windows Phone for their next phone.
This number is lower however that iOS and Android, with 81% of iOS and 81% of Android users buying a handset of the same OS the next time.
Windows Phone users mainly defected to Android, with 25% of old Windows Phone users moving to that OS for their next handset. Only 7% went to iOS, showing which OS is Microsoft’s real competition.
Besides old Windows Phone users, Windows Phone mainly drew new users from Symbian users, with 21% choosing to upgrade to Windows Phones.
One of the big attractions of jumping in early on the Nokia Lumia 930 was the £130 worth of wireless kit, which incudes attractive items such as wireless speakers and additional wireless chargers.
It seems however you had to be rather quick, as the allocation available to hand-out was pretty small, amounting to only a few thousand kits spread over a large number of retailers.
If you try and claim now you will most likely be met with the above, somewhat sarcastic screen.
We agree with Neowin that the offer was misleading, and that Microsoft did not make it clear that stocks were as limited as it was, instead merely emphasising that the offer was time limited.
If you have purchased a Nokia Lumia 930 try your luck claiming here. Don’t hold your breath however…
The Carphone Warehouse has started selling the new Windows Phone flagship, the Nokia Lumia 930.
In UK they are now offering the handset from £28 on contract on O2, EE and Vodafone.
NokiaNewsIreland also reports in Ireland CarphoneWarehouse.ie are also offering the device on O2, Vodafone, Meteor, Three and eMobile, usually from around 429.99 Euro on contract.
They do seem a bit confused however about which OS the handset runs:
See those offers here.
Marcus Ash, program Manager for Cortana, has just announced on twitter that he expects the Digital Assistant to come to WP8.1 Developer Preview handsets in around 2 weeks.
The new is somewhat conflicting with other reports, which say we can expect the software only in Q4, but I assume Marcus will know best.
Of note however is that he only said it will come to Developer Preview handsets, and one wonders if it will be available to new Nokia Lumia 930 owners like myself..
EE UK is now selling the Microsoft flagship device Lumia 930 for £349.99 without any contract. However, you need to top up for £10 to start using the device. Nokia Lumia 930 comes with a 5″ full HD curved screen, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 20MP PureView camera with four high performance microphones and Dolby 5.1 surround support and more. I think £349.99 for a new flagship device will offer great value for customers. Hopefully, this aggressive pricing will result in more sales!
Check out the listing here.
UK bank Metro Bank has brought its app to Windows Phone.
The full features app lets you:
- View your account balances and transactions on all your accounts
- Move money between your Metro Bank accounts
- Make payments to existing payees
- View transactions being processed
- Pay bills
- Manage your cards – temporary block, unblock and cancel your cards
- View direct debits and standing orders
- Find your nearest Metro Bank Store
- Call the Metro Bank Local UK Call Centre
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
We have heard of Vodafone and O2 pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 930, but now via uSwitch it is now also possible to pre-order the handset on EE (which is a combination of T-Mobile and Orange)’s network also.
BuyMobiles.net is the intermediary for the deal, and deals include 2 GB data with unlimited minutes and text for £34.99. The handsets are expected to ship on the 17th July.
See the full list at uSwitch here.