Unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 Postponed To January 2012?

News has reached us via online retailer Clove Technology that Nokia will not be selling a SIM Free Nokia Lumia 800 in the UK until January 2012.

According to a blog post, the phone which can be had for £400 on PAYG at Three, will still be launched in the UK on the 16th of November with a contract and will be available from selected stores.

Why would Nokia do that? Well, Clove might have given us a hint. "This is a real shame", the blog writer adds, "as we're seeing massive interest in the first baby from the Nokia/Windows Phone marriage and we're expecting it to be well received when it does launch."

Could it be that Nokia has registered significantly more preorders than it had expected forcing it to convert its stock of unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 handsets into more lucrative contract phones?

Given the fact that the phone can now be had on deals for free starting from less than £25 on a two year contract, we suspect that there will be more than a passing interest from prospective customers.

The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 3.7-inch WVGA ClearBlack display, an eight megapixel camera with flash, plus a number of exclusive Nokia apps like Nokia Drive.