Carphone Warehouse is now listing the Nokia Lumia 1520 for pre-order on their website.
The 6 inch Windows Phone 8 handset is available only on O2’s network, with the cheapest contract starting at £38 per month for unlimited everything except data, with 2 GB bundled.
Prices go up from there, with 4Gb data costing £47 and 12 GB data with a £19 down payment costing £48.
The price is still considerably cheaper than the iPhone 5S, which starts at £47 and matches the Galaxy Note 3, which costs £37 per month on contract.
The phone comes with a free experience day worth £100, but I suspect most would just prefer a £100 discount.
Find the handset at the Carphone Warehouse here.
Thanks Raymond for the tip.
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.
Last week, we reported that Vodafone Australia announced that HTC have told them that they won’t be releasing the WP8 GDR2 update for 8X users. After so many customers got in touch with HTC and Vodafone regarding this update cancellation, HTC has announced that 8X users will be getting GDR3 update in the future.
Good news for owners of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. After some concerns were raised by some customers regarding ongoing support for your phone, they got in touch to reassure us.
While the bad news is that you won’t be receiving GDR2, the good news is that you’ll be jumping straight to GDR3.
We’ve now updated the table below to reflect that.
We don’t have any timelines just yet, but you’re already looking in the right place to find out once we do. Keep an eye here each Thursday and as soon as we have more info on GDR3 for your Windows Phone 8X it’ll be here for all to read.
While the good news is that HTC 8X users will be getting GDR3 update in the future, but the bad news is that they have to wait for another few months while other OEMs like Nokia have already delivered their GDR2 stuff for their devices.
What do you think of this move from HTC?
Thanks to Brent for the heads up.
Verizon today announced that they will be buying back the principal asset of 45 percent of Verizon Wireless for $130 billion from Vodafone group. This is one of the largest telecom deals that happened over the years. As a result, Verizon will have full ownership of the company that will allow it to operate more efficiently and continue to focus on producing more seamless and integrated products and solutions for our customers.
Vodafone on its part may buy some smaller networks in Europe to strengthen its presence. Read the full press release after the break.
Vodafone Italy has announced that they are enabling operator billing support for Windows Phone Store allowing you to buy digital content via the Windows Phone Store with your phone bills.
Beginning today, Vodafone customers will be able to purchase digital content by Italian Windows Phone Store for their smartphones running Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5/7.8, performing or charged directly on the credit phone bill. It gets even easier to choose and buy their favorite content, choosing from a constantly growing catalog, which offers music, movies and more than 165,000 apps to customize your smartphone.
Because of this, even customers without a credit card can buy apps with simple steps. Once purchase is completed, customers will receive a confirmation email containing all details of the transaction.
Vodafone is the first mobile operator in Italy to include the debit phone account as a payment method on Windows Phone Store, confirming their investments in innovation and leadership in the field of mobile payments.
via: Windows Phone Italy Source: Vodafone
The Nokia Lumia 620 has surprised up with the speed at which it is rolling out.
The powerful low-end handset has been very well received, and is currently rolling out all over the world, including Germany, where it can be purchased via Nokiaâ€™s official shop Noovi.de.
The handset is available in four colors; Lime Green, Black, White and Yellow and costs EUR 269,00 unlocked.
Subsidized, the handset is available from T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, and E-Plus from free on contract, with delivery in 1-5 days.
Find the handset at Noovi.de here.
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).
Nokia confirms January end of UK EE exclusivity for the Nokia Lumia 920, but O2 still not carrying the handset
In a press release Nokia confirmed the that the Nokia Lumia 920 will become more widely available in January in the UK, spreading from EE, Orange, T-Mobile and Phones4U to Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, Three UK and retailer Micro-P. It is of note that O2, the carrier most associated with the iPhone, is not on that list.
Nokia also announced the Nokia Lumia 820 would be available on all carriers, including Vodafone, EE, Orange, T-Mobile, O2, Tesco, Phones4U, Carphone Warehouse and Micro-P.
They also announced that the budget Nokia Lumia 620, which is likely to find great traction in the UK, will be available from February on Vodafone, O2, Three UK, Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and via Micro-P into independent retail channels.
While good news, the announcement, which is via site Hexus.net may have slipped out prematurely, as it may deflate last minute sales on EE while punters wait for the handset to arrive on their favourite carrier.
See the press release after the break.
Australian HTC Trophy users on the Vodafone network have been looking forward for many months to the Windows Phone Tango MCR 3 update to their handsets, but it seems issues, rumoured to be related to WIFI problems, will continue to delay the release of the software.
The latest message to users is that there is no specific ETA, and one cant help but feel if the Tango update is not delivered, the Windows Phone 7.8 update may face similar issues.
Of course Microsoft has said they would push this update directly, but this still has to be seen to be believed.
As a HTC 7 Trophy user myself who hacked Tango onto my handset I can appreciate the frustration of users, but on the other hand the arrival of a new generation of devices is probably the real update the first generation Windows Phone users are waiting for.
See the thread at Vodafoneâ€™s support forums here.
With all the talk about cheap but limited Windows Phones like the Nokia Lumia 610, who would have thought the Windows Phone to hit the lowest price point yet would be the Nokia Lumia 710, which is now available for Â£99.95 on Pay as you Go from Carphone Warehouse on Vodafone, T-Mobile, or Orange. For only Â£10 more you can also get the handset on Three or O2, covering all the relevant carriers in UK and soundly beating out the other smartphones in the same price range, who tend to feature tiny 3 inch HVGA touch screens, 2 or 3 megapixel cameras and run Android 2.2 or 2.3.
Examples include handsets such Samsung Galaxy Y, LG Optimus L3 Black and Samsung Galaxy Europe, all who look pretty terrible really.
The deal closes on the 7th June, but frankly if Nokia can maintain that price point, even with the Nokia Lumia 610, they deserve to gobble up the whole market segment, given how horrible the competition is.
See more at Mobiles.co.uk here.
Nokia Lumia 800 White is now available for order from Vodafone New Zealand. The device will come at free of cost under $90 plan on 24 month term or you can buy it with no contract price of $849. Also if you are one among the first 25 to order this white beauty online, you will also receive a free Nokia Purity HD headset by Monster. That’s an awesome deal for the people in New Zealand. Hurry up and place your order.
You can place the order at Vodafone webstore here.
Instead of simply confusing the names of Windows Phone and Windows Mobile, Vodafone UK has somehow managed to port some features over. But here’s the catch: Despite what you’d (for better or worse) like it to do, Windows Phone 7 doesn’t actually sync contacts, calendar etc. with Outlook â€“ it supports a variety of cloud-based services instead, among them Microsoft’s own Hotmail and Office 365 â€“ and neither does it function as USB mass storage when connected to a PC â€“ you’ll have to use Zune instead.
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.