Take the award-winning Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone which was the Finnish company's flagship handset when it joined the Windows Phone’s bandwagon, drop a few features and you’re left with the Lumia 710. It is hard to believe that the phone went on sale at the beginning of the year for a staggering £300.
While the former costs £150 on PAYG on a number of networks, the Lumia 710 can be had SIM-free (but labelled as refurbished) from E2Save, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse, for half that price, excluding a compulsory £10 top-up.
The Lumia 710 is powered by the same 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 system-on-chip as the Lumia 800. It has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 3.7in 800 x 480 pixel display, a talk time of nearly eight hours, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and HD video recording.
It runs Windows Phone 7.5, which means that it will be upgradable to Windows Phone 7.8 but not to Windows Phone 8. In addition, Nokia has bundled a few of its own applications, including Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Mix Radio.
At £75, it is not the cheapest Windows Phone handset on the market - the Lumia 610, available from the same retailer, gets that title. But it is the best value one at only £10 more, and is by far the best entry-level smartphone on the market.