It appears Microsoft is working with carriers to push their phones and tablets into the business environment.
Both O2 and Vodafone in the UK are offering Windows 8 tablets and Windows Phone handsets bundled with Office 365 for around £40 per month, which sounds like a relatively reasonable offer.
O2 is offering an Asus Vivo Tab Smart (x86) Black (4G-enabled), a Nokia Lumia 625 Black (4G-enabled), Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium (Single User License) and unlimited calls and texts plus 1GB data (4G) on a 24 month contract, all for £41.77.
Vodafone is also offering a Nokia Lumina 625 with unlimited UK calls and text messages and 5 GB of data, a Microsoft Microsoft Surface 2 10.6” Windows 8.1 RT Tablet with 32Gb of storage, a licence for Microsoft Office 365 for £40.60 on a 24 month contract.
For a small business which will be able to write of much of the expense from their taxes, the deal appears pretty good, though I suspect a higher-end Windows Phone may be more attractive to a decision maker.
Do these deals appeal to our readers? Let us know below.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.