Lumia 930 launches in the UK, free on contract from £33 a month

Three months ago, at Microsoft's BUILD conference in San Francisco, Nokia announced its first Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. The entry-level Lumia 630 went on sale in various markets in May (joined more recently by its near-identical 4G-ready sibling, the Lumia 635), but the wait for the new Lumia 930 flagship has been much longer. 

The Lumia 930 is gradually beginning its global rollout though, and today, the company announced that the device will go on sale in the UK on 17 July, and should be available free on 24-month contracts costing around £33. Microsoft is not yet ready to announce off-contract pricing; this will come down to retailers and carriers, who will make their own announcements over the next couple of weeks. 

As we previously reported, every Lumia 930 sold will include a free DT-601 'puck-style' Wireless Charging Pad. However, there will also be a further promotion available to those that pre-order the handset in the UK in the first two weeks, who will receive a portable wireless charger (in addition to the DT-601), along with an MD-12 Wireless Speaker, and a £20 app voucher for the Windows Phone Store. 

The Lumia 930 features a 5-inch Full HD (1920x1080px) OLED screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, as well as a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. 32GB of onboard storage is included, but there's no microSD slot to expand that further. It also includes a 2420mAh non-removable battery, and integrated Qi wireless charging, allowing you to take advantage of the free wireless charger.

It's neither the lightest, nor the thinnest, handset in its class though, weighing in at 167g in a body that's 9.8mm thick. However, it does cram in Nokia's PureView camera technology, with a 20-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, ZEISS optics and dual-LED flash. 

Four colour options will be available - black, white, orange or green - although availability may vary depending on retailer or carrier. O2, for example, lists only the black and green versions on its site. Phones 4u will exclusively get the white version, but every major outlet will take at least black plus one bright colour. 

Be sure to stick with Neowin in the days and weeks ahead as we test the Lumia 930 ahead of our full review. 

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unlocked-mobiles.com is still showing the 'expected stock' as the 8th.
If they have moved it again, I'm going to cancel and look for something else - Microsoft is really taking the ###### lately.

Think I'm gonna go for it. The 625 has served me well for the very short time I've had it, after recently losing my 800, but the screen and the camera are the two things that leave me longing for something better.

Please stop using the term "free" to describe a phone costing nearly £800. It's extremely misleading, regardless of how common it is. Instead it should be described as having "no upfront fee".

You don't see cars or houses advertised as free because they're being paid for monthly.

if you get the same contract without phone or with phone than its free :) .. the upfront for the 930 should also be more around £500

theyarecomingforyou said,
Please stop using the term "free" to describe a phone costing nearly £800. It's extremely misleading, regardless of how common it is. Instead it should be described as having "no upfront fee".

I kinda understand where you're coming from but the phone doesn't cost 800 quid.

If it's 33x24 months then it's a shade under 800 and that's not for the phone...it's for the phone + service.

Well 33quid for a contract in the uk is a lot anyways.. I have a monthly "contract" with 1000 minutes 5000 messages and 3GB data for £18.
And they still make money out of my contract..

-adrian- said,
Well 33quid for a contract in the uk is a lot anyways.. I have a monthly "contract" with 1000 minutes 5000 messages and 3GB data for £18.
And they still make money out of my contract..

My "contract" (it's actually month to month) works out at about £22 after currency conversion. Gets me unlimited* calling, texts, and data in both Canada and the US. Glorious.

* True unlimited doesn't exist of course but it's essentially more than I could ever dream of using.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Please stop using the term "free" to describe a phone costing nearly £800. It's extremely misleading, regardless of how common it is. Instead it should be described as having "no upfront fee".

You don't see cars or houses advertised as free because they're being paid for monthly.

I agree.

For the service you get and its limitations I always find it cheaper to buy the handsets outright and use a pay monthly service SIM only offering the best rates.

eg I currently pay 20 quid a month for 2000 minutes, unlimited (yes Really unlimited) data and unlimited texts.

-adrian- said,
if you get the same contract without phone or with phone than its free :) .. the upfront for the 930 should also be more around £500
No, because the same contract without a phone costs a fraction of the price. Under no methodology is the phone "free", therefore it is misleading to call it such.

The video shown above is ironic. It's shot on the west coast of Canada, in and around Vancouver. But here in BC, Lumias are almost non-existent and have almost no carrier support. You can find a few 630/635's on display if you look hard enough, and Roger's, our biggest carrier, still displays the venerable 1020 off in the corner, but I've never seen a person using one. A 930, 1520 or 2520? Not a chance. I certainly feel all alone with my 920!

Four colour options will be available - black, white, orange or green

I wish the matte Cyan would return. Having handled some Lumia 900's recently, I found it was a surprising balance between being vivid and bold without too gaudy.

Agreed. I had to settle for a black Lumia 920 in the end after a cyan Lumia 900 and 620 and as much as I love the phone, that it's not bright cyan really annoys me and the cover just isn't the same (plus it seems to double the phone in size when it's on.).

No idea why Nokia seem to have discontinued the colour (along with magenta, which also seemed popular with people who saw it) in favour of the green and orange.

Hopefully Microsoft will bring it back as they still use it as a signature colour for Surface with the touch/type covers...