Nokia’s large-screened handset, the Nokia Lumia 625, is now on sale in UK.
The handset is now available unlocked from a variety of retailers, with Expansys unusually hitting the cheapest price point at £239.99.
The handset, which is expected to eventually be available on all carriers, is currently also available from free on contract from Vodafone and T-Mobile UK.
The prices are somewhat competitive with current generation handsets, but is in fact more expensive than for example older handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, showing there is some space for further discounts.
Are any of our readers picking one up? Let us know below.
AAWP reports that Nokia is pushing out firmware to their handsets in UK as LTE slowly becomes available on carriers in the region.
Most Lumias heading for UK with LTE hardware had this deactivated to save battery life, as apart from EE most carriers did not support LTE. Even unbranded devices heading to UK were similarly configured.
Now as LTE starts rolling out on Vodafone, O2 and eventually 3 UK Nokia needs to push out firmware to reverse the switch, and has started with the Nokia Lumia 920 on Vodafone.
To see if your handset needs the software update check the Mobile Network page in your Settings Menu. If your highest connection speed is 4G you already have the update, otherwise you need to wait for the update notification.
Handsets which will benefit from the LTE switch include the Nokia 820, 920 and 925, with the Nokia Lumia 625 presumably already appropriately configured.
We have heard that UK carriers were vying to carry Nokia’s new high end Windows Phone exclusively.
It seems Vodafone UK may have won the battle, as they have just posted on their blog that they will be carrying the as yet unannounced handset.
There’s something big, bold and beautiful coming just around the corner. Nokia has invited the tech press to a gathering in London on May 14th to ‘see what’s next’ from Lumia, acting as the stage for the unveiling of a brand new Lumia product. The Vodafone team will be there in attendance, which can only mean one thing…
Yep, that’s right: we’re proud to be able to say that (even though our lips are firmly sealed ahead of the launch) Vodafone UK will be stocking the next chapter in the Lumia story.
We’ll be able to bring you a whole load more when the time comes, but for now you can rest assured that we’ll be among the first UK networks to offer Nokia’s new darling.
Vodafone UK already carries the Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 520 and 620 and profess love the range.
Nokia’s announcement is on the 14th May and the slim Nokia Catwalk is expected to be announced, with rumours of a low-end large-screened Nokia Max also going round.
See the post at Vodafone here.
Its not in stores yet, but the Nokia Lumia 920 seems to have escaped EEâ€™s exclusive clutches, and can now be purchased on Vodafone contracts and with Vodafone subsidies via two 3rd party retailers.
MobilePhoneDirect and Digital-phones are both offering the handset in black, white, yellow and red, with Digital-Phone having it in stock now, while MobilePhonesDirect will take 10 days to deliver.
While we do not know when Vodafone proper will get the Nokia Lumia 920, in UK one can still get a subsidized handset by going to 3rd party retailers.
In this case Digitial-Phone.co.uk is set to offer the Nokia Lumia 920, subsidized by Vodafone, from free on a Â£37/month 24 month contract. This will only include 1GB of data, with the maximum offer being 2GB for Â£47 per month.
The SIM and contract-free phone only costs Â£469.99 (579 Euro) which I think is a much more attractive deal, especially when taken to a SIM-only plan at T-Mobile or Three that offers unlimited internet.
Unfortunately the handset is only available in Black, which may be a deal-breaker for some â€“ hopefully some more colourful stock will eventually become available. Stock is due on the 5 November.
See the deal here.
Vodafone is offering the Nokia Lumia 710 on Pay as You Go for only Â£150, including 6 months free Zune pass, worth more than Â£50.
However one does not have to rely on Zune Pass to make this a great deal.Â Merely looking at the specs for these value handsets will show clearly the Lumia stands head and shoulders above the competition.
The Lumia 710 has the biggest screen, with the best resolution, the fastest processor, and an OS which is actually up to date.Â The iPhone 3GS which is double the cost has the same storage, smaller, lower resolution screen and does not come with free GPS navigation.
One can only imagine how stuttery web browsing must be on those 600 Mhz Android 2.3 handsets. A reminder that Android 2.2 is now nearly 2 years old.
Nokia needs to be shouting very loudly about the clear advantage their handsets have in this low-end arena.
See all the handsets and their specs here.
We were posting recently about a mystery Nokia Windows Phone which may sell for as low as Â£100 unlocked.
Its seems however you will not to give up much to get a great deal right now, with Vodafone selling the Nokia Lumia 710 on Pay as You Go (if you ask nicely) for as low as Â£150. The handset is unlocked and can be used on any network.
Punters who bought the phone seem pretty happy, with an ex-android user writing:
Update to earlier post, bought phone as pressie to wife, but after a couple of hours of playing with it myself, I absolutely love W7.5, it just looks and feels so smooth and crisp compared to Android 2.3.4 on my xperia play. Its a bit like comparing Windows 7 and an older version of Ubuntu – the windows version just looks and feels so much more polished. I was android through and through until today, but now I need that ICS update!
Only drawbacks of the phone is, currently, no where near as much choice (or as much crap) in the marketplace as on Android or iOS.
If this phone does become standard at Â£150 or less on PAYG, Nokia might just become a force again, and WP might gain a decent foothold, there is nothing out there sub Â£200 – even my Â£150 xperia play, that can hold a candle to this phone. Consider me impressed.
The phone seems in pretty low stock at Vodafone stores, but the deal is also available by phone order.
Any of our readers tempted? Let us know below.
See the relevant thread at HotDealsUK here.
Thanks Dave for the tip.
For fans of phones more than the standard black and white, todayâ€™s good news is that the Nokia Lumia 800 in cyan is now available from Vodafone in UK.
The handset starts from starts Â£139 on a Â£41-per-month / 12-month contract or free on a 24 month Â£36 per month contact. This includes 600 call-time minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data with 2GB of BT Openzone Wi-Fi access. The Lumia 800 is also eligible for the Vodafone Test Drive, which allows a three month trial to discover your data usage and perfect price plan.
Read more on the offers available at Vodafone here.
We posted earlier about the Nokia Lumia 800 having the best sales on Phonehouse.Fr, the CarphoneWarehouseâ€™s European arm in France.
Now, thanks to JamesSB, we now also know that the handset is doing great at Vodafone UKâ€™s online store, second only to the black iPhone 4S.
In fact even the pre-orders for the Cyan version of the handset is selling better than the Blackberry Bold 9900 (very popular in UK), White iPhone 4S, HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II.
On KPN in the Netherlands there is a similar picture, with the Lumia 800 only behind the iPhone 4S in sales .
With the iPhone 4SÂ Â still in its honeymoon period,and the Nokia Lumia 800 clearly competing with it, it is pretty clear the Lumia 800 had a pretty good launch.
Makes one wonder even more where Pacific Crest got their numbersâ€¦
Thanks JamesSB for the tip.
Joining the chorus of devices receiving firmware updates, the HTC 7 Trophy on Vodafone is now also seeing an update being pushed out.
Microsoft has recently said the updates being pushed out will address hardware related issues like battery life, touch responsiveness and call quality.
The update precedes the Windows Phone 7 Mango update, which is expected to arrive in Q3 2011.
Thanks Duke178 for the tip.
According to Microsoftâ€™s page Vodafone UK was in Scheduling last week with the NoDo update for their phones.
It seems they have now moved into Delivery, with the first reports rolling in of the NoDo update being pushed out to a Vodafone HTC 7 Trophy.
Have any more of our Vodafone readers received the update yet? Let us know below.
Update: WPCentral reports 3 UK is also pushing out the update.
Update 2: Vodafone Greece also (thanks Manos)
Thanks Milky for the tip.
The official LG blog has posted this short video demoing the ScanSearch Augmented Reality feature on the LG Optimus 7, which will apparently be exclusive to Vodafone UK.
The video also reveals a new feature â€“ tilting the phone towards the sky will bring up a weather forecast in your area.
With no exposed video API at present, the software, like DLNA, will remain a unique feature of LGâ€™s handsets until either other OEMs copy it, or Microsoft releases new SDKs.
Read more at LGâ€™s blog here.
With Windows Phone 7 handsets hitting the market in less than 3 weeks it is inevitable more and more will leak via the various carriers. The latest bit of news is that the HTC 7 Trophy is showing up as a contract handset on Vodafone UK.
It has earlier been announced that all carriers will be carrying Windows phone 7 handsets in UK, but if you had your heart set on the sleek 3.8 inch HTC 7 Trophy it may be reassuring to know it will be on Vodafone also, and not just â€œkey partnerâ€ Orange.
Vodafone UK is no longer selling the HTC HD2, but fortunately they have continued to support it, releasing their second ROM update now.
The new ROM, an unusual version 1.72, released yesterday, apparently brings unspecified â€œefficiency improvementsâ€.
For those who prefer to preserve their warranty and only use official ROMs, the download is available here.
A quick note for our 250-odd daily German readers – the Xperia X1 is now available on O2 Germany for 349,99 Euro with a 24-month contract of 30 Euro per month, or for 619,99 Euro without contract.
If you rather wait for your favourite carrier, both Vodafone D2 and T-Mobile Germany will be getting the sleek smartphone later this year.
In an unrelated note, UK punters will be less fortunate. MSMobiles reports that Vodafone UK has sold out after “surprisingly high demand“. While this is bad news for buyers, it can only be good news for Sony Ericsson and Windows Mobile, both in need of a big hit.