In April, Microsoft announced that its two latest handsets, the Lumia 640 and its larger sibling, the Lumia 640 XL, would go on sale in the UK, with prices for the smaller device starting at £99.99 off-contract. However, in the months since then, it's been more or less impossible to find the 640 at that price - and many of the most affordable deals require customers to buy a mandatory pay-as-you-go top-up in order to qualify for the lowest handset prices.
But one retailer is now offering the Lumia 640 LTE at exactly that price, including free delivery. The device is available SIM-free and unlocked from Mobile Phones Direct for £99.99, with orange and black color options available.
Key specs of the device include:
- 5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD with HD (1280x720px) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB onboard storage (plus microSD support up to 128GB)
- Backside illuminated 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording
- 0.9MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens and 720p video
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, magnetometer and SensorCore
- Replaceable 2500mAh battery
- 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8mm; 145g
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2
In our recent in-depth review of the Lumia 640, we found it to be an impressive handset at a very affordable price - and at £99.99 SIM-free, it's now more affordable than many other leading UK retailers, including:
- Amazon.co.uk - £128.00
- Carphone Warehouse - £129.99 (SIM-free price; also available on pay-as-you-go from £109.99 + £15 PAYG top-up)
- John Lewis - £129.99
- Expansys - £137.99
- Clove - £150.00
Bizarrely, the Microsoft Store is the most expensive option of all; the Lumia 640 is on sale there for a whopping £169.99 SIM-free.
Are you tempted to buy the Lumia 640 for under a hundred quid? Are you waiting for prices to fall further? Or do you have your eyes on another device entirely? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Mobile Phones Direct