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Yesterday we published an article that went into the confusion surrounding O2 and the Nokia Lumia 800, specifically the product page of the handset being no longer available on the web store, but is being pushed out in high street carrier stores. We contacted O2 and popped in-store to see if we could dig up any information that would explain the situation, and we came away with the possibility of the carrier dropping support, or simply being out of stock for the website.

O2 has since contacted us to clarify (third time lucky!) what's actually happening. Turns out, the carrier is set to continue to support Nokia's handset -- and Windows Phone for that matter. They've simply sold out on the web store, so fear not if you're after the Mango device and are tied to the network. An official statement from O2 can be found below:

"The Nokia 800 is currently out of stock online but is available in O2 stores - it'll be back in stock online soon. Customers who've already purchased Nokia 800's without O2 apps pre-installed will be able to download them separately - we will be including them on Nokia 800's later in 2012."

Popping into your local O2 store should result in a Lumia 800 purchase. While this doesn't explain why the representative would state that the carrier is dropping support, it does send a strong message to customers that O2 is behind the platform. 

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Feel free to file this under "What the fudge?", because the reasons provided by the carrier are even weirder. o2, the UK network that had issues with Nokia a while back before the Lumia 800 was unveiled at Nokia World, has been stocking the handset and has actually been selling numbers. We took a trip to Lakeside, in Essex, and were told the store there sold out delivered stock in just 24 hours. Stores elsewhere have displays set up or have the 800 in-line with competitor handsets, but the online store tells a completely different story.

Should you search for "Nokia Lumia 800" on the o2 store, one can select the phone's product page from the results. But wait, there is no page. 

So one can only come to the conclusion that o2 is no longer stocking the Lumia 800, correct? Wrong...

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Nokia Lumia 710 coming to Three UK

Things have changed at Three UK, as it was only a few months ago that we ran the story of the carrier making the decision as to whether or not the company should continue to stock Windows Phones. The carrier was on the wagon back in 2010 with the Samsung Omnia 7, but has now been effectively pushing the Nokia Lumia 800 since its release. Should you be waiting for the Lumia 710 and be on Three, then you'll be happy to learn that the carrier is bringing Lumia 710 back.

Be sure to head on over and register your interest for updates.

Source: ThreeUK, thanks TheWeeBear for the tip!

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The Nokia Lumia 800 seems to be selling relatively well, probably thanks to the sheer size of the marketing campaign that the Finnish handset manufacturer has embarked on across Europe, and soon the U.S. Websites such as Expansys in Australia have the Lumia 800 ranking #1 in top seller lists. The handset is also packing a punch in Germany (on o2 of all carriers), beating the Samsung Galaxy S II, Nexus, and more.

Nokia were previously setting up blocks of ice that contained a Lumia 800, which made it possible for viewers to watch as the public attempted to smash through the element and get their paws on the Windows Phone. It's good to see the German public are actually purchasing the device as well as wandering around with a pickaxe.

Source: o2, thanks Dirk for the heads up!

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We've witnessed the marketing power of the Nokia "The Amazing Everyday" campaign throughout Europe, and the public in New York and Paris have had the opportunity to stand in awe at the sight of a giant Windows Phone. Now it seems Nokia wishes to push its way through India, launching the Lumia 710 and 800 today, with a planned marketing campaign - and it's big.

To give an idea as to how massive this campaign will be, check out the list below:

  • Impromptu dance performance in Mumbai with free food and drink.
  • Luxury helicopter ride for consumers in Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
  • Exclusive premiere for pre-bookers with tennis star Sania Mirza at the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon.
  • Musical event, and artificial snow zones recreated at certain PVR outlets, in Delhi.
  • Toll exemption for more than 15,000 vehicles on the DND freeway, connecting Delhi and Noida.
  • Salt Lake will feature a "winter wonderland" created with artificial snow in Kolkata.

As well as the above list, we'll be excited to see an "aggressive" promotion and advertising strategy being put into effect. We've already had a flash mob performance at malls in five cities, so it'll be interesting to see how the manufacturer expands on this throughout the country. The Lumia 710 and 800 can be picked up for Rs 18,999 ($360) and Rs 29,999 ($570) respectively. 

Source: India Times, Think Digit, thanks Rohit for the tip!

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Nokia and T-Mobile U.S. are in full swing with their announced launch party of the Lumia 710, but what's coming up next for the Finnish Windows Phone manufacturer? Operation "Rolling Thunder", as it's internally referred to, is Nokia's plan for rolling out a number of handsets next year and aiming for multiple price points. Chris Weber, head of U.S. operations at Nokia, explained that the company will be at CES in January making a noise as they have been doing in Europe.

"We will be launching a portfolio of devices in the U.S. across a range of price points, user experience and operators. The rollouts are referred to internally as "Operation Rolling Thunder". We’ll have a very large presence [at CES] and it’ll be clear that Nokia is back in a quite strong way in the U.S."

We'll be sure to check out CES in Las Vegas to see what Nokia will be bringing to the event. The Nokia Lumia 900 is still on the list, a more powerful option for U.S. consumers, and is set to hit the states early 2012 if rumours are to be valid. Nokia has the daunting task of getting carriers on side to stock their Windows Phones. Battling hard against the iPhone and a plethora of Android handsets will make a successful and effective marketing campaign all that more important.

Source: Bloomberg, thanks to Baljinder for the heads up!

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In anticipation of T-Mobile's event tonight in NYC, Nokia has posted a press pamphlet for the T-Mobile-branded Lumia 710, which will be available on January 11.  The packet includes a full spec sheet as well as some press shots.  Nokia has also revealed that the Lumia 710 will sell for a downright steal of $49.99.  It will be available in black or white, with the option to swap out the backplate for something flashier.  There is also a wealth pre-loaded apps:

  • Nokia Drive
  • The Weather Channel
  • ESPN
  • Netflix
  • App Highlights
  • T-Mobile TV
  • My Account
  • Slacker Radio
  • TeleNav GPS

Despite the early spoiler from Nokia, we are looking forward to tonight's event and will be there in full force.  Check back here to get the latest tidbits from NYC and hit the jump to read the full presser from Nokia.

Source: Nokia

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While the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S are both proving to be fairly popular in the U.S., we've heard analysts down Nokia for Lumia 800 sales and the manufacturer bouncing back with positive statements. MyNokiaBlog have compiled some feedback (published at Nokia Connections) from carriers and retailers in Europe, which all show positive signs on how well the Lumia 800 is selling. Nokia (and Microsoft) have the daunting task to help train sales staff in stores to push out Windows Phone handsets and is needed after reports we've received from those who reside in the U.S., Europe and (more recently) Australia. We're going to leave this to the employees at UK carriers and retailers to explain how things are going.

Joe Moody, Orange:

"This phone is the best phone out there by far. I have managed to switch 15 customers within a week to pre order the Lumia, I love the device so much I can’t wait to get one when I’m due a new phone, the customers that are interested in apple iPhones or galaxy s 2 I manage to persuade some to go for a Lumia."

Ian McLaren, Carphone Warehouse:

"The Lumia is flying off the shelves, especially from one who has really taken the training on board and pitching them to everyone. The main things that are selling the phone are the design, superb screen and the way the social networks are integrated into the phone OS so don’t need to keep switching apps and all the messages are compiled into one thread.

From a standing start, Nokia have really grabbed people’s attention with the Lumia and the advertising is starting to pay off as people are coming in and asking about the handset, and asking to upgrade to it."

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Dan Lyons, known across the bloggersphere for "Fake Steve Jobs", was comparing the "two best phones on the market" - the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Lyons took both handsets for a spin, but turned out to fall for the underdog. The Nokia Lumia 800, powered by Windows Phone Mango, took the fake Steve Jobs by surprise with how great the device looks and feels, as well as the Metro UI.

"Recently I had a Nokia Lumia 800 running Windows Phone in the mix — and every time the phones rang, the Nokia was the one I picked up. The design is just really nice, and it feels great in your hand. I’m doing an interview with the head of design at Nokia next week, and I’m anxious to talk to him about the Lumia 800. It really is a gorgeous device, and the Windows interface is really fresh and different."

Not a huge deal, but interesting to see a look at two competitor handsets (and platforms) turns out to bring Microsoft on top. Head on over to Dan Lyon's blog for the full read through.

Source: RealDanLyons, via: WPSauce

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Looks like Orange is on the ball when it comes to colour variations of the Nokia Lumia 800 as they've now added the magenta model on their website. The only problem is this colour choice is "web exclusive" so customers will only be able to order it online and not have a test run in-store. This is an odd decision as surely a pink handset would attract folk into a store?

This falls in line with our release coverage where we stated that magenta shouldn't be too far behind cyan, should you be waiting for anything other than the usual black. We're looking forward to the magenta Lumia 800 rolling out across the UK too, hopefully more details will come to light soon.

  Source: Orange FR, via: Professeur Thibault
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Nokia has uploaded a sleek video of the Lumia 710, which shares the same theme, effects and music as past videos for the 800. To refresh the memory, the Lumia 710 is the lower-end, more affordable option to the 800, sporting less memory (8GB), a 5MP camera, and a TFT screen (with ClearBlack technology and Corning Gorilla Glass). While news has been relatively quiet surrounding the 710, it has been rumoured to be heading to the U.S. on T-Mobile.

Source: YouTube, via: MonWindowsPhone

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On CNET, Roger Chen has written an article pointing at Nokia and Stephen Elop regarding the U.S. market and how the manufacturer should step up their game. He went into talk about customisation, carriers, handsets and more with how Nokia has failed in the past with global products being stocked by all carriers.

"One of the biggest mistakes Nokia made in the past was to stick with its strategy of building one global device and forcing it onto every carrier in the world, with only minor adjustments to the radio and frequency. From a business perspective it made a lot of sense, allowing it to generate massive economies of scale and, accordingly, higher profit margins. Among smaller carriers around the world, that works just fine."

Chen finished the post with the question, "Are you game?" Elop has since published a tweet stating, "Roger, we're game." It would seem as though the handset maker is set to not only create a successful marketing campaign in Europe, but in the U.S. at some point too.

Via: AllAboutWindowsPhone; Thanks, aubreyq, for the heads up!

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Nokia (as well as Microsoft with the huge Windows Phone) has literally kept to "The Amazing Everyday" tagline they have been using throughout the Lumia 800 marketing campaign. You can now witness the beauty of the platform on Nokia's Facebook in a demo that loads your profile details and inserts your photos, contacts and more. It creates a personalised experience, which reflects how it would be like to own and use the handset with your accounts synchronised. Once the video walkthrough is complete, you are then able to manipulate the screen and check out individual features.

Source: Nokia Facebook, thanks for the tip!

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Play the classic game of Snake online and waste time

Nokia has blown us away with the continued marketing efforts, and today is no different. Should you be a frequent MSN UK user (or have happened to visit it at some point today) you will be aware of the Lumia 800 advertising that's plastered everywhere, but did you see the Snake game? Hitting the advertisement square on the right will load up the Snake overlay. 

Don't be fooled thinking this is a mere 2D version of the classic title as this game features what would appear to be live tiles and multiple colours making up the snake (resembling the advertising campaign material for the handset). Also, the game makes use of the MSN webpage for elements to be eaten. It's well put together. As well as MSN, Snake will be making an appearance on Yahoo from tomorrow and will be on The Sun’s website from November 21st.

Source: MSN UK via: ElectricPig

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Nokia has announced that both of their new Lumia handsets, the 710 and the 800, will be coming to India.  Though no specific date was given, they did say that both should be available come mid-December.  Details were also scarce on how much each device would run or which carriers would offer them.  Vodaphone is taking orders for the Lumia 800 in the UK, so it wouldn't be crazy to think they will be game to offer the same in India as well. 

Both the 710 and 800 are pretty comparable, with 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM, and run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on 3.7" AMOLED screens.  However, the Lumia 800 trumps the 710's 8GB storage and 5MP camera with its own 16GB and 8MP Carl Zeiss camera, while the more playful 710 has interchangeable back plates of varying colors.

Source: IBNLive (Thanks for the tip, Vedavyas!); Photo: FoneArena

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Three UK has started taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 800.  Prices start at £30 per month for 24 months, which includes the Lumia 800 with 500 minutes, 5000 text messages and 1GB of data.  For a measly £7 more monthly, you can choose the All-you-can-eat data package, complete with 2000 minutes and the 5000 texts.  If you are more of the pay-as-you-go type, the Lumia 800 can be yours for £399.99.  The handset itself will be available in a week, on November 16.

You can click the source link below to get all the details.

Source: Three UK (Thanks for the tip, Emran!)

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According to an article on the blog of the UK smartphone retailer, the Nokia Lumia 800 will not be available SIM-free until 2012. All handsets shipped until then will be contract bound, which will begin rolling out on November 16th. While this may come across as a real pain in the butt, carriers are offering some interesting deals with Orange giving away Xbox 360s (should you be an existing customer) and Vodafone doing the same with £60 worth of vouchers.

Source: Blog

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Gamex, a video game event being held in Sweden, is running from November 3rd to the 6th this week where Microsoft and Nokia will be present with Windows Phones. This should come as no surprise with Microsoft's three screen dream, which they are so determined to achieve. The two companies will be showing off the Lumia 710 and 800 handsets with presumably a number of Xbox Live titles being demoed. We need more Angry Birds!

You can check our hands on videos of the Lumia 710 and 800, as well as our coverage from Nokia World '11, where these handsets were announced. According to the report at, the Lumia handsets will be launched in Sweden in 2012 with price tags of the 800 at 4500kr (£425/$680) and the 710 at 3000kr (£285/$450).

Source:  Thanks to Hussein for the tip!


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Nokia Lumia 800 Review

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the final result of hard work and active development in the time that was available since they announced the partnership with Microsoft earlier this year. Nokia has stated that 2012 will be the year to look out for innovative hardware, powerful handsets (with possibly dual-core chips) and much more. The Lumia family also includes the 710, a more affordable option.

The Lumia 800 is a solid phone with a unibody and a single piece of injection-moulded polycarbonate. The Gorilla toughened glass appears to "fold" into the chasis to provide the design a smooth surface. The screen is a ClearBlack AMOLED display, which ensures there's enough attention focused on what's being projected. The technology used in construction allows the Lumia 800 to be used in sun light. Being powered by a 1.4Ghz chip and fuelled by a 1450mAh battery, the Nokia Lumia 800 is a perfect handset for those who are arriving to the platform or looking to upgrade. Head on past the break for the run through.

Solid hardware Good camera Slick screen unibody design
No FF camera Buttons feel cheap Capacitive keys are too close to screen
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Once again, Occasional Gamer's phone stats page reveals a few new Windows Phones.

This time around we see the Nokia 800--a device still shrouded in a bit of mystery--get a nickname: Lumia. Not much is known about the 800/Lumia series but it could very well be SeaRay with a different name--in fact, it jives nicely with the Nokia Sun on Orange, since Lumia="Art from light", ergo Sun . We're only expecting two, maybe three, Nokia Windows Phones this year meaning we could be seeing variants of the same core device (we're not even clear on the Sabre/SeaRay distinction yet). See also the Nokia 703.

The other phone is the Samsung Monument, which like the HTC Ultimate, sounds like an epic phone. Then again, Samsung's big device these days is the Galaxy SII which takes the form of the Focus S for Windows Phone. Could this be the Focus S for another carrier or just a whole new device? We're betting on the former but we'll look for more info.

Source: Occasional Gamer

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