Nokia Lumia 1020: Where to get yours in the U.K.

While US buyers have been able to get their hands on the Lumia 1020 since mid-July, those in other parts of the world looking forward to ordering Nokia's 41-megapixel flagship have been left waiting as the roll-out slowly ramps up. Nokia promised that the device would making its way to China and "selected European markets" by the end of September. 

This week, pre-orders opened in the U.K., ahead of general availability on September 25. To encourage potential buyers to get their orders in early, Nokia is offering a free Lumia 1020 accessories pack to U.K. buyers, worth £140. The bundle includes a wireless charging cover, wireless charging plate, Camera Grip accessory (which includes its own 1020mAh battery), and a camera tripod. Note that not all carriers and retailers are offering this inclusive deal, so be sure to shop around. 

For those of you in the U.K. considering the Lumia 1020, here's a round-up of major retailers and networks offering the device. 

 

Three's 'recommended plan' for the Lumia 1020 32GB will see you pay £69 upfront for the handset, with a £34 per month charge on a two-year contract. The Ultimate Internet 500 plan includes 500 minutes, 5000 texts and unlimited 'all-you-can-eat' data. The handset can also be purchased on Three pay-as-you-go for £549.99. 

Later this year, Three will launch its 4G LTE network in the U.K., starting in London, Birmingham and Manchester, with plans to extend to fifty cities by the end of 2014. The 1020 will be fully compatible with Three's 4G network, and the company has confirmed that it won't charge any premiums for customers to use 4G, compared with its existing 3G tariffs. Three will also offer genuinely unlimited data packages on 4G, making it the only UK network to do so.

Pre-order from Three.co.uk

 

As part of the Telefónica empire, O2 will exclusively offer a 64GB version of the Lumia 1020 in the U.K., while other operators will be limited to selling the 32GB model only. 

O2 offers a broad range of pricing options, including a choice of 3G, or more expensive 4G, plans. The cheapest 3G plan will see you pay £37 per month for 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data, with no upfront charge for the phone. Prices rise to £57 a month for a 4G plan with unlimited minutes and texts and 5GB of data (8GB of data per month if you sign up before October 31). 

Customers can reduce their monthly charges by opting to pay an amount upfront towards the price of the handset. 

Pre-order from O2.co.uk

 

Handset retail giant Carphone Warehouse is offering the Lumia 1020, but only on contracts from O2 and Talkmobile, an MVNO that Vodafone owns and runs on its network. 

O2 plans are in line with those available direct from the operator. Talkmobile will offer you 500 minutes, 1500 texts and 1GB of data for £25 a month, with an upfront charge for the handset of £249.99. 

Pre-order from CarphoneWarehouse.com

 

Phones 4u's offering for the Lumia 1020 include price plans from Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile and Orange, with a huge range of options to suit various budgets. Curiously, none of these carriers are yet offering the handset via their own websites or stores. 

£27 a month, plus £299 upfront for the handset, will get you 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited 3G data on the T-Mobile Full Monty 500 two-year plan. If you'd prefer a 4G plan with a more meaty data allowance, you can pick up the Lumia 1020 free on EE for £51 a month, which includes unlimited minutes and texts and 20GB of data. 

In addition to the free accessories pack detailed further up this article, Phones 4u is also offering a free 6-month Netflix subscription to those who pre-order the Lumia 1020, and if you pre-order on a 4G plan, you'll also get a free wireless speaker worth £120

Pre-order from Phones 4u

 

If you'd prefer to purchase the Lumia 1020 without a monthly price plan, online retailers such as Clove offer the handset off-contract and unlocked. Clove is selling the 1020 for £588 including VAT, with stock arriving a couple of days later than the networks, on September 27. 

Although pre-orders are open for black, white and yellow variants, the company hasn't yet got firm confirmation of when the yellow model will be in stock. 

Pre-order from Clove.co.uk

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My 64GB Lumia 1020 was dispatched by O2 today!! so looks like i'll be getting it early (the UK availability date is 25 September)

Thanks for this. I've done the sums and can honestly say Three is easily the best deal if you like 4G data. Over two years you'd pay circa £950 compared to Vodafone £960, EE £1000 and O2 £1200. Every one of them, aside from Three, is limited to around 2000Mb of data a month.

This is bad, I'm with EE and upto now no sign of this phone. However waiting for more handsets that support quad core, 1080p seems like an acceptable solution.

duddit2 said,
This is bad, I'm with EE and upto now no sign of this phone. However waiting for more handsets that support quad core, 1080p seems like an acceptable solution.

With the lack of handsets, the 4G farce and random bill increases there's no real reason to stay with EE nowadays.

Shadowzz said,
I have a 920 and I have never ran into underpowered CPU issues. What would you need a quad core for?

lets not kid ourselves here, if MS can make the OS battery friendly while having 4 cores at its disposal then it can only be a good thing.

i also have a 920 and am very happy with performance, but with 2 year contracts being the norm and taking into account the fast speed of development with software i would feel better having as high end a phone as possible when i do upgrade.

also these higher spc devices will increase market share due to the false belief that this higher spec will give better performance NOW, i don't think it will. What it will allow for though is devs making apps that do tap into this additional power so in the not too distant future there will be some apps that can take advantage.

a lot of this comes from the lagdroid crowd and that platforms NEED fir the highest end SoC's just to make the OS seem fluid, i know dam well that WP OS is highly optimised and quad core isn't a requirement, but as my initial comment made clear, if there is no negative then having more power on hand for future apps can only be a good thing, and 2 years is long in software.

Buyer be ware: While this phone has a nice camera, it is using a 32-bit ARM CPU. 32-bit ARM CPUs have a SIMD unit that is 1/2 the size of that in a 64-bit ARM CPU. This will slow down any image processing that this phone is used for.

-LarvaInject

LarvaInject said,
Buyer be ware: While this phone has a nice camera, it is using a 32-bit ARM CPU. 32-bit ARM CPUs have a SIMD unit that is 1/2 the size of that in a 64-bit ARM CPU. This will slow down any image processing that this phone is used for.

-LarvaInject

As opposed to all those phones using 64bit ARM CPUs?.... like.... the unreleased iPhone and.... well s***

LarvaInject said,
Buyer be ware: While this phone has a nice camera, it is using a 32-bit ARM CPU. 32-bit ARM CPUs have a SIMD unit that is 1/2 the size of that in a 64-bit ARM CPU. This will slow down any image processing that this phone is used for.

-LarvaInject


what an absolutely stupid and misleading post, classic troll or misinformed I'm not sure?

LarvaInject said,
Buyer be ware: While this phone has a nice camera, it is using a 32-bit ARM CPU. 32-bit ARM CPUs have a SIMD unit that is 1/2 the size of that in a 64-bit ARM CPU. This will slow down any image processing that this phone is used for.

-LarvaInject

Ha Ha Ha that joke made my day oh wait...

Well really no point in buying it otherwise. I hoped that 1020 was a mis-type for iPhone, it's so close. Also does this have a fingerprint sensor? No point buying any phone without one of them either.

I definitely going to buy one, just for the fact that it captures solid images. Don't compare this to DSLR. But as far as smartphone goes, Lumia 1020 probably has the best camera out there. If you understand the technical details, you'll appreciate this piece of technology even more. People should try before making any comments.

As per my experience with Lumia 920, Nokia devices come with crystal clear voice quality and very fluid experience (especially to compose email / messages). It was a refreshing switch from iPhone / Apple ecosystem after 4+ years.

To me a better imaging device is worth more than a fingerprint sensor. My company requires all smartphones to have 5 digits of pin code to access the corporate email. For the new iPhone, I'm not really sure if the 5 digits pin is still required? I guess not, but it'll be bummer if it's still required. My colleague who wanteed to upgrade his iPhone4s told me that if he still need to enter the pin, he'll right away return the iPhone5s to buy a Lumia 1020. (: lol, we'll see...