Nokia Lumia 800 goes on sale in the UK

Customers across the UK and Europe will today be able to get their hands on the Nokia Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 is available from Three, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile, and the prices of the device vary depending on which contract you take out with the various carriers, in Europe a price had already been announced of 420 Euros (without contract).

Originally the device was going to be made available to O2 customers as well, but talks broke down with O2 having issues with Nokia's terms for the devices, claiming they were too severe for the operator in terms of stock levels, sales volumes, store displays and marketing campaigns.

As reported here just over two weeks ago, the Lumia 800 comes in three colors (black, cyan and magenta), a 3.7-inch display, a 1.4 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 8 megapixel rear camera and 16 GB of internal storage. The Lumia 800 also comes with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and features 16GB of built in storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and GPS.

Nokia has pulled out the big guns with a massive marketing campaign for the Lumia 800 in the UK, including some rather odd television commercials and strange marketing stunts that includes putting fake saunas in bus stops. At least one phone carrier in the UK, Orange, will also be giving away a free Xbox 360 with the pre-purchase of a Lumia 800.

Winrumors is also reporting that only the black version was available this morning at Oxford Street’s Three store, and has all but sold out already:

Oxford Street’s Three store opened at 8AM on Wednesday and by 9AM there were only nine handsets left according to a Nokia UK spokesperson. Nokia handed out free gifts, chocolate and coffee to those in the queue at the Three and Phones4U stores in Oxford Street. Any devices purchased between 8AM and 12PM on the Three network will get a £30 bill credit as part of the launch activities.

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Neobond said,
Thanks, I will update

Np. Think Vodafone are offering £60 of vouchers if you get the Lumia through them.
Gutted that i cant upgrade till December 8th. The wait to get my hands on this phone will be agony.

I'm certainly considering this, it's the first windows phone 7 device which actually looks decent. I just don't like what HTC etc do with their phones. My only two concerns are battery life, and screen quality. I think I have been having it too good with the iphone 4's screen, i've not really seen anything to match that.

silus said,
My only two concerns are battery life, and screen quality
IMO the Lumia 800 screen is at least as good if not better.. Battery life is equal to any smartphone out there meaning in general you will be charging overnight and not running out of juice during use..

If i'm right those vouchers are split into chunks, £10/£20 a month or something, each voucher for a different service or store.

I was thinking about getting this but I'm sadly only a year into a 2 yr contract (though with an omnia 7 thankfully) so I cannot afford the early upgrade fee. I will wait till this time next year and see what's about

WP7 said,
I was thinking about getting this but I'm sadly only a year into a 2 yr contract (though with an omnia 7 thankfully) so I cannot afford the early upgrade fee. I will wait till this time next year and see what's about

Same here, same phone - I initially wanted one of these but slowly realised it was just my craving for new shiny things, in terms of an 'upgrade' from my omnia 7, it wouldnt bring much, same OS, similar perfromance, slightly better camera (although I'm more than happy with omnias camera) etc. I'd simply have a nicer to look at phone and pay £100 upgrade fee - I'll wait.

Way I see it, is Nokia will be bringing out load s of devices soon - my contract ends in April and apollo will be due later in the year - I'm waiting for some (I know not needed yet) dual core, dual camera, higher screen resolution devices so that I'm happy for the next 2 years (reason for wanting dual core on windows phone when its ready, is that it will then be ready, as in not showhorned in so fanboys can brag, but actually be a good implementation).

Same, the Omnia 7 is fine and tbh I couldn't bring myself to pay money for a phone which isn't really any better than what I have now I mean if it had a front facing camera and was a bit faster maybe. But really I'm happy to wait another year, I'm sure Nokia will have many great WP8 (Apollo) options by then.

I'm in the same boat with a HTC Trophy, though I think I can upgrade from some time in May.

Rumors suggest we might be looking at v8 arriving this kinda time next year, so may well wait for that (and new devices).

I just purchased my HTC Titan today and the Nokia Lumia 800 for my girlfriend. Coming from a HD7 the Titan is a lovely step up and the Lumia she come from a 7 Mozart is a beauty.

TogoP said,
I ordered from CPW - but they sold out the first batch - now on backorder. Anyone else in the same boat?

No, nobody else's order is on backorder, you're all by yourself ;-)

Tried to upgrade on Orange this morning for that free Xbox 360. Their upgrade system was entirely broken, god knows if I managed to get my order through .___.

Nice! If I still didn't have over a year left on my iPhone 4 then I would look at this!

Three seem to be offering the best deals, with the phone free from £30 p/m, with unlimited data tariffs from £33 p/m.

Picked mine up an hour ago and will be playing with it this evening (well, splitting my play time between the Lumia and Skyrim that is)

Three seem to do the best contract with 1 GiB at £30/month. Is there a catch, because Three are much better value than the other operators.

Meph said,
Three seem to do the best contract with 1 GiB at £30/month. Is there a catch, because Three are much better value than the other operators.

They have the largest 3G network in the UK and always offer the best value tariffs. Remember though, if you live in a rural area then the reception won't be great. I live in a city and get a really good signal.

bbfc_uk said,

They have the largest 3G network in the UK and always offer the best value tariffs. Remember though, if you live in a rural area then the reception won't be great. I live in a city and get a really good signal.


I live in an a moderately sized town, so that's really encouraging to hear. Thanks.

Meph said,
Three seem to do the best contract with 1 GiB at £30/month. Is there a catch, because Three are much better value than the other operators.

Their customer service levels are awful...I have an omnia 7 with them but am on my third handset since december 2010 (three's fault - long story)

I've only dealt with their customer service a few times and they have been ok. Though it usually depends on who you get as to how helpful they will be.

Well I would have had mine today if those ******* at Orange would have told me they close at 5. Now I'll have to get it tomorrow >_>

Well I had problem with Oranges website, and by the time I got it all sorted with customer services, they are now out of stock, unknown when they will have more

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