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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.