Official Nokia Lumia 820 pricing and deals unveiled by Carphone Warehouse

Leading UK high street mobile retailer The Carphone Warehouse (CW) has officially placed Nokia's mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset, the Lumia 820, on pre-order.

However, the Lumia 820's CW landing page has since broken - perhaps indicating that the e-store is updating its Windows Phone 8 content further.

Whatever the case, Carphone Warehouse has confirmed pricing for the new device. On tariff, the 820 is available for free starting from £29 a month, with O2, Orange and Vodafone thought to be the networks offering the handset. For its part, CW will sweeten the deal further, offering to bundle in a wireless induction charging plate free of charge for its customers.

It's worth noting that a £29 a month deal is a good bit cheaper than EE's entry-level Lumia 820 offering of £36 a month - assuming the contracts in question are spread over two-years, that's a savings of nearly £170 in total - though admittedly none of the other networks currently offer a 4G spectrum.

A SIM-free Lumia 820 will cost £380 via CW - admittedly at the keener end of mid-range handset pricing, but Nokia has done its best to justify the tag. The Lumia 820 is hugely impressive for a more commercial handset, supporting both 4G and wireless inductive charging, and featuring an 8-megapixel primary camera and a VGA front snapper.

In the engine room, it features a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz and featuring Adreno 225 graphics. It also features NFC capability and a microSD card slot to enable you to cheaply expand on-board storage up to 32GB.

Microsoft formally unveiled its latest mobile operating system on Monday, 29 October, and you can relive all the action and talking points from the Windows Phone 8 launch event via ITProPortal's now-closed live blog.

For more, make sure to check out our comprehensive Windows Phone 8 handset round-up, featuring the Lumia 820 and big brother the 920, as well as the Samsung Ativ S and HTC Windows Phone 8X.

Don't miss our Windows Phone 8 review either, and if it's Nokia's new handset offerings that intrigue you in particular, you might want to dive into Sascha Segan's analysis of the importance of camera quality and wireless charging to the success of the new Lumia devices.