Lumia 930 launching in UK this month

Microsoft's decision to drop its Windows Phone licensing fees has led to an influx of new brands getting ready to launch handsets running the mobile OS. But many of these new additions are targeting the entry-level of the market, including some very affordable devices from companies such as Micromax and XOLO

Many of those awaiting a new flagship-class device have been looking forward to the launch of the Lumia 930, which Nokia announced at Microsoft's BUILD conference three months ago. Some retailers have already opened their pre-order books for the device, but it is still not officially on sale. 

In the United Kingdom, one major retailer claimed to have the Lumia 930 in stock a month ago, and was selling it for the astonishing price of £1299, before withdrawing it from sale. But the long wait will soon be at an end, as the handset will officially go on sale later this month in the UK. 

Leading independent retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u have launched 'coming soon' pages for the device, as have EE and O2. You can register your interest with them to be notified of when the device will be available to purchase. According to Phones 4u, the device will launch in mid-July. An EE customer service agent said that the handset will be available on that network "at the end of July", and said to come back "in a few weeks". 

Conor Pierce, vice-president of Microsoft Devices for the UK & Ireland, said a few months ago that the Lumia 930 would arrive in the UK by "early July", so everything now seems to be falling into place for a launch in the next couple of weeks.

Every Lumia 930 will include a free DT-601 'puck-style' Wireless Charging Pad, to support the handset's integrated Qi wireless charging feature. In addition to this, Nokia said at a media briefing in April that there will be a special pre-order offer available to those in the UK, which will include a free DT-900 Wireless Charging Plate, an MD-12 wireless speaker (shown below) and a £20 voucher for the Windows Phone Store. With the two wireless chargers, speaker and voucher, Nokia says that the total value of freebies on offer adds up to around £130.

We'll be getting our hands on the Lumia 930 next week, so stay tuned to Neowin to find out more about the new Windows Phone 8.1 flagship. 

Top image via Microsoft / Nokia

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Is this coming to the US too? Looks really sexy and I want a WP device for my phone again. iPhone is OK but I miss my Lumia and over the last year the platform and ecosystem has improved dramatically.

EDIT: Or is this just the same thing as the Nokia Icon which is unfortunately exclusive to Verizon and quite possibly never going to be available on the real (GSM) carriers.

It is the same thing as the Nokia Icon. was presented half a year ago and has outdated hardware being praised as a flagship. wonder who thought of this strategy

Obry said,
Is this coming to the US too? Looks really sexy and I want a WP device for my phone again. iPhone is OK but I miss my Lumia and over the last year the platform and ecosystem has improved dramatically.

EDIT: Or is this just the same thing as the Nokia Icon which is unfortunately exclusive to Verizon and quite possibly never going to be available on the real (GSM) carriers.

They're close to the same actually which is a shame but Verizon might just have a timed excusive deal going so the 930 could make it to AT&T, otherwise you'd have to import it unlocked which does have it's advantages though you're going to be paying that full price upfront.

-adrian- said,
It is the same thing as the Nokia Icon. was presented half a year ago and has outdated hardware being praised as a flagship. wonder who thought of this strategy

NEEDS MOAR RAM... for marketing purposes!

-adrian- said,
It is the same thing as the Nokia Icon. was presented half a year ago and has outdated hardware being praised as a flagship. wonder who thought of this strategy

For me the hardware this has is more than adequate for at least a year or two for what I use phones for. I barely play any games and I mostly need it for on-the-go office work and listening to music (besides a phone obviously :) Plus WP is so fast, even my first Lumia 800 with it's 256 MB RAM

So you don't mind the hardware but are willing to pay the premium price. basically you like to pay more for the premium factor than on a phone with proper hardware. makes sense.

-adrian- said,
So you don't mind the hardware but are willing to pay the premium price. basically you like to pay more for the premium factor than on a phone with proper hardware. makes sense.

I don't get my pants wet over "proper" hardware like you do I guess. I like how the phone looks (which is important to me) and the hardware is good enough for me. Also I'm not asking you to buy it - I think I have the right to spend my money how I see fit and don't need you to judge my choice for a smartphone. I think you need to get off your high horse a little.

-adrian- said,
So you don't mind the hardware but are willing to pay the premium price. basically you like to pay more for the premium factor than on a phone with proper hardware. makes sense.

Proper hardware? What are you blabbering on about?

I am talking about current display technologys, current CPUs and current ram. Playing in the same field as the others just means you are not paying that much for the hardware but for the name