UK pricing revealed for Windows Phone 8 devices

At an event in London this evening, alongside the main Windows Phone 8 launch event in San Francisco, Microsoft today revealed pricing for its new WP8 handsets in the UK. Full details will be available from carriers and retailers in the next few days, but for now, here's an overview of details announced today.

EE

As previously sort-of revealed, EE will have the exclusive on the Nokia Lumia 920 for the time being and will offer it for £49 upfront on a £36 per month plan. The network will also offer the Lumia 820, and HTC's new Windows Phones, the 8X and 8S.

O2

Although it won't offer the Nokia Lumia 920, O2 will stock the Lumia 820, and HTC's two Windows Phones. Additionally, the Samsung ATIV S will be available, with no upfront charges on plans of £36 and up.

Three

Three will offer just two Windows Phone 8 handsets with the 8X priced from £30 on price plans of £29 per month and up. Pricing details for the 8S are yet to be announced.

Vodafone

Vodafone has confirmed that it will stock three Windows Phone 8 handsets - the Lumia 820 and the two new HTCs, but has not yet confirmed pricing.

Leila Martine, UK director of Windows Phone, pointed to "unprecedented carrier support" with Windows Phone 8 in the UK, adding that the new handsets on offer will represent "the most exciting range of new smartphones available on the high street this Christmas season". We'll have to wait and see whether smartphone buyers agree...

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Three only have the HTC phones, no Samsung? The Nokia 920 was my primary phone but I will need to see the sim free price as I'm not switching carrier.

Also, for those wanting to know if EE's exclusivity means that the Lumia 920 will be available on T-Mobile and Orange, sadly no answer on that front either... more information to come "in the coming weeks".

Tried very hard to find DIM-only, off-contract prices on the UK, but none of the Microsoft or OEM staff are giving that info away this evening. Grrr!

Phones4u are supposedly offering the Lumia 920 sim free - although no info yet.

At least thats what they told me on twitter when the Lumia 920 was announced...

CaptainSlow said,
Phones4u are supposedly offering the Lumia 920 sim free - although no info yet.

At least thats what they told me on twitter when the Lumia 920 was announced...

Good to know. Thanks for the info

Jojo Andoh said,
No Carphone Warehouse or Phones for you Sim free deals? That's a wrong move I just want to buy my phone sim free.

Try amazon

Carrier exclusive phones don't work in the UK... people here will not change networks just to get a specific model of phone. Didn't the iPhone tell teach them that lesson? This was a bad bad decision on Nokia's part. I presume the 920 will still be available to purchase sim-free though?

TCLN Ryster said,
Carrier exclusive phones don't work in the UK... people here will not change networks just to get a specific model of phone. Didn't the iPhone tell teach them that lesson? This was a bad bad decision on Nokia's part. I presume the 920 will still be available to purchase sim-free though?

Is this not a 4G issue?

TCLN Ryster said,
Carrier exclusive phones don't work in the UK... people here will not change networks just to get a specific model of phone. Didn't the iPhone tell teach them that lesson? This was a bad bad decision on Nokia's part.

Lots of people in the UK changed carrier to get an iPhone whilst O2 had exclusivity on it. I agree that it is a bad move on Nokia's part because it doesn't (yet) have the same iconic status that will cause people to change network.

duddit2 said,

Is this not a 4G issue?

The phone works fine on all networks, just not at 4G speeds. But seeing as the vast majority of the UK can't get a 4G signal anyway, just a handful of large cities, the 4G point is kind of moot.

.fahim said,

Lots of people in the UK changed carrier to get an iPhone whilst O2 had exclusivity on it. I agree that it is a bad move on Nokia's part because it doesn't (yet) have the same iconic status that will cause people to change network.

Maybe I'm colouring it with my own experience, but I refused to change to an inferior network when the iPhone came out so I waited until it was opened up to other networks.

I don't know about anybody else, but I choose my network based on their coverage in my area, price plans and general performance. NOT by what phones are exclusive to them.

I don't think I'm alone in this viewpoint... am I?

TCLN Ryster said,

Maybe I'm colouring it with my own experience, but I refused to change to an inferior network when the iPhone came out so I waited until it was opened up to other networks.

I don't know about anybody else, but I choose my network based on their coverage in my area, price plans and general performance. NOT by what phones are exclusive to them.

I don't think I'm alone in this viewpoint... am I?

No, I agree with you. There's no way I would switch to EE and I certainly wouldn't pay the price they're charging for the Lumia 920. I'll be buying one unlocked and sticking with 3.

GP007 said,

I'm betting it's 599 at least, well, in euros anyways.

They're selling unlocked 920s in Hong Kong for around $4500 (HK). That's just below 400 quid. Across the border in Guangdong they're even cheaper. They're taking orders now for deliver 2nd week in November. China is Nokia's biggest market so we expect to see their best deals here.