We received reports that Orange is clearing out the Nokia Lumia 800 in store on PAYG for as little as £160 with an extra £15 top-up and that Carphone Warehouse is price-matching the offer with a £10 top-up on any network.
Because Carphone Warehouse’s handsets are almost always unlocked and unbranded and the retailer offers Virgin Mobile top-up (where you can triple your top-up value, i.e. buy £10 and get £20 free), CPW’s offer wins hands down.
The phone, which is still a decent mainstream handset, is already almost a year old. It comes with a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip clocked at 1.4GHz with 512MB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 4.3in AMOLED display with a 800 x 480 resolution and ClearBlack technology, an 8-megapixel rear camera, plus Windows Phone 7.5.
The Lumia 800 does come with a few downsides though. It is not upgradable to Windows Phone 8 (only WP7.8) it doesn’t support Flash, has no front-facing camera and no memory card slot.
It has now been superseded by the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, both of which were released last week in a special New York event.