Major Euro phone retailer says Lumia 920 available end of October

Although Nokia announced its new flagship Windows Phone 8 device exactly one month ago, questions over when it will be available and how much it will cost remain unanswered. Even yesterday, as AT&T announced that it would exclusively offer the Lumia 920 in the US, it stopped short of revealing any information on pricing - although it did commit to launching the device "in November".

In other parts of the world, things remain even more ambiguous, though one would hope that - as we get closer to Windows Phone 8's official launch - device manufacturers, operators and retailers will become a bit less tight-lipped over their launch plans. Perhaps we're seeing some hints of that already, as Europe's largest independent phone retailer, Phone House (part of the Carphone Warehouse Group), may have given a big clue as to the big Lumia's availability on this side of the Atlantic.

 

On a 'coming soon' page showcasing the black Lumia 920, the retailer states that the device will be available at the end of October ("disponible fin Octobre"). If you're not quite convinced, or think that might just be an error, the text above it in blue refers to a special promotion, offering a free FatBoy wireless charger to the first 200 customers who buy a Lumia 920 on PhoneHouse.fr, which states:

The 200 FatBoy chargers will be sent by post between the end of October and the beginning of November 2012. (Les 200 coussins de recharge FatBoy seront envoyés par voie postale entre fin octobre et début novembre 2012.)

...which appears to affirm the idea that the device will indeed arrive at the end of October. While the Lumia 920 is not set to launch in the US until early November, it's certainly possible that the handset could go on sale first in Europe; Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 8 will officially launch on 29 October, so a launch of the new Lumia at the same time is feasible.

A launch at the end of October would also coincide with the launch date of EE's 4G service in the UK; EE has promised that it will offer the Lumia 920 (and its slightly smaller sibling, the Lumia 820) on its 4G service, which will launch in ten British cities on 30 October.

Of course, nothing's official until it's official, and only time will tell if any of this proves to be correct - but at least there's not too much longer to wait until all is finally revealed.

Source: PhoneHouse | via Professeur Thibault (@prthibault)

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Sorry Nokia, you've missed the gun for me now. Bought a used 4S (for half the price of the iPhone 5) and that'll likely see me through the next 2 years.
Perhaps if both Samsung and Nokia had released that little bit more info, I'd have waited a bit longer... but I'm still none the wiser on exact price or release dates.

I am curious, what could you possibly do when you get the price or release date? Wait till it released? Are you going to try Saving up enough?

Anyway, see you on the other side

Biohead said,
Sorry Nokia, you've missed the gun for me now. Bought a used 4S (for half the price of the iPhone 5) and that'll likely see me through the next 2 years.
Perhaps if both Samsung and Nokia had released that little bit more info, I'd have waited a bit longer... but I'm still none the wiser on exact price or release dates.

minster11 said,
I am curious, what could you possibly do when you get the price or release date? Wait till it released? Are you going to try Saving up enough?

Anyway, see you on the other side

I think it gives people a time and date to aim for to put in their Delorean time machines and to know exactly how much to rob from the bank in Deadwood in 1806!

you can't buy squat... back then, 1 penny could get you similar to present time of eating dinner with family of 10 at Outback

efjay said,

I think it gives people a time and date to aim for to put in their Delorean time machines and to know exactly how much to rob from the bank in Deadwood in 1806!

minster11 said,
I am curious, what could you possibly do when you get the price or release date? Wait till it released? Are you going to try Saving up enough?

Anyway, see you on the other side

It helps planning finances for a start (although the money for it is already there), but mainly I was getting really restless with my Lumia 710 which was putting me on. It was there as a stop gap, and it did lack the refinement the more expensive models have. In my job, the phone is an absolute necessity to get things done. It was the uncertainty of knowing how much longer I'd have to rely on the 710 for that pushed me into making that choice.

If I knew the release date was later than mid November, I'd have instantly discounted the new Lumias. Conversely, if it was earlier, I know I'd be able to get along with just the 710 for a small amount of time, without too much penalty on my output. I was just getting to the point where I needed a decision - and a cheap 4S was offered to me.

Biohead said,
Sorry Nokia, you've missed the gun for me now. Bought a used 4S (for half the price of the iPhone 5) and that'll likely see me through the next 2 years.
Perhaps if both Samsung and Nokia had released that little bit more info, I'd have waited a bit longer... but I'm still none the wiser on exact price or release dates.

You knew about when it was coming for quite some time now, so it sounds like you weren't really all that into the phone anyways. If you wanted WP8 software you wouldn't have gotten an iPhone, and if you wanted Nokia hardware you would have waited a couple weeks.

It seriously is getting boring now, either they should have announced the phone late or have given a date closeby when they announced it. This time has officially killed the excitement for me.

WaqasTariq said,
It seriously is getting boring now, either they should have announced the phone late or have given a date closeby when they announced it. This time has officially killed the excitement for me.

What you mean to say is your lack of patience has killed the excitement for you ;-)

That said though, I do wish they would hurry up and announce stuff. We really should know the official launch date and price with less than a month until their rumoured availability.