Microsoft's Lumia 530 to launch in the UK for just £60 off-contract

A few weeks ago, Microsoft unveiled its most affordable Windows Phone ever, with the launch of the Lumia 530. The device slots in below the recently launched 630 in its range, and replaces the Lumia 520, which was announced almost a year and a half ago

Earlier this month, the Lumia 530 went on sale in its first market, Vietnam, before also launching in India last week. Today, Microsoft announced that the low-cost Windows Phone 8.1 device is headed to the United Kingdom too, in a couple of weeks' time. 

The Lumia 530 will be available in the UK on September 4, priced as little as £60. It will be sold through numerous retailers and carriers, including Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, O2, Vodafone, Three and EE (likely on EE's 3G networks, T-Mobile and Orange, as the device does not support 4G LTE). 

Microsoft says that the 530 "delivers an uncompromised Lumia experience", despite its relatively modest specs. The handset features a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage, with a microSD slot supporting cards up to 128GB. Up front, there's a 4-inch FWVGA (854x480px) display, but no front-facing camera; around the back, there's a 5MP camera, but no flash. 

Although Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 530 will be priced "from as little as £60", the actual on-sale price may be a little higher than this. When it unveiled the Lumia 630 in the UK, Microsoft said that it would cost "just £89.95", but none of its launch partners have yet sold the device at that price, with many demanding closer to £100, plus a mandatory £10 purchase of pay-as-you-go top-up. 

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Great price to get people using their first smartphone.
Rather than go though various carriers won't MS sell the phone directly from their site?

Good reporting with the last paragraph. Needs to be said the announced prices don't actually reflect retail offers.

+10000000

I believe there is some impossible to meet requirement to get it for 60 GBP, for any normal humanoid it will be double the price. The writer of this article wanted to be clickbait (I dont want to name him personally, I was warned several times as I do my civic duty and bash these idiot journalists personally every time I detect such conditions, when they in fact post misunderstandable and ambiguous titles for a purpose).

soder said,
+10000000

I believe there is some impossible to meet requirement to get it for 60 GBP, for any normal humanoid it will be double the price. The writer of this article wanted to be clickbait (I dont want to name him personally, I was warned several times as I do my civic duty and bash these idiot journalists personally every time I detect such conditions, when they in fact post misunderstandable and ambiguous titles for a purpose).

Awwww man, thanks.

I really hate the way they force you to buy a £10/£20 top up if you want to buy a phone here. Maybe I don't want a top up, maybe I just want a spare phone or to keep my current number?

Brian M. said,
I really hate the way they force you to buy a £10/£20 top up if you want to buy a phone here. Maybe I don't want a top up, maybe I just want a spare phone or to keep my current number?

Because they barely make or gain any profit on sim free phones. Thats why you have to buy the required top-up amount.

Brian M. said,
I really hate the way they force you to buy a £10/£20 top up if you want to buy a phone here. Maybe I don't want a top up, maybe I just want a spare phone or to keep my current number?

Generally, if you're already a customer they waive the top up requirement. Although the way some nEEtworks are hEEading I wouldn't be surprised if they stop that.

Brian M. said,
I really hate the way they force you to buy a £10/£20 top up if you want to buy a phone here. Maybe I don't want a top up, maybe I just want a spare phone or to keep my current number?

Even without the top up, the phones are priced higher than MS/Nokia announce. Very strange.

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