Lumia 920 available at EE stores for £329 with free charger
The UK's first network operator to offer 4G, as well as being the exclusive partner for the Lumia 920 is currently offering the Windows Phone for a discounted price when purchased on PAYG (Pay As You Go). EE has been the only operator in the UK to offer the Lumia 920 since the Windows Phone 8 device was launched two months ago.
Restricted to EE, Orange, T-Mobile and reportedly Virgin Mobile, consumers who opt to purchase the Lumia 920 locked to EE will be able to pick one up for just £329. That's over £200 cheaper than unlocked pricing. Unfortunately the Windows Phone will be locked to EE, which is currently going through teething while customers (and potential subscribers) are left baffled by numerous issues.
Ranging from a poorly constructed website to obscene pricing and poor service, EE hasn't had the easiest of transitions when taking up T-Mobile and Orange, wrapping both together with its new 4G service. When browsing the EE website it's not apparent that the Lumia 920 is a hero device for the operator with the exclusivity deal that's currently still in force with Nokia. We're not seeing a strong Windows Phone push.
For £329, the Lumia 920 is a bargain - regardless what network the device is locked to. Sporting an 8.7MP Nokia PureView camera (with a 1.2MP front-facing shooter), a 4.5'' 1280 x 768 IPS display, dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 2000mAh battery, wireless charging, it's definitely worth the price tag - especially since a free wireless charger is involved.
Vodafone has announced plans to stock the Lumia 920 in early 2013, while Three UK has revealed on Twitter that the company wants to take up Nokia's flagship Windows Phone. We expect other UK operators to follow suit, competing with EE on the 4G LTE battleground. Should you be looking forward to investing in the latest hardware from Nokia and aren't in a hurry, be sure to keep an eye out for deals that will be available with carriers.
Check your local EE store for more information on the deal.
Thanks, yosagojimbo and Andrew for the tips!
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Around 24-18 months ago the coverage in Manchester noticeably started getting congested. Orange were great about giving me frequent £10 bill credits for paying for a service I wasn't able to use as messages wouldn't go through, calls missed as I was 'engaged'. Even happened on mates phones too.
I moved to Vodafone as last November I tweeted at Orange how I was annoyed and @VodafoneUKDeals offered me a great deal to move. This year I brought my parents over to Vodafone.
Basically anywhere I use my phone - Northern Ireland, Devon, Manchester and Bristol, Vodafone deliver coverage. My HTC Mozart always showed 3G/G on Orange, it showed H on Vodafone and now my Lumia 820 is fairly consistent on H too, if not E.
I despise EE for the way they treated my parents. The coverage in Northern Ireland took a dive as they merged networks and then shut down the T-Mo masts. Even in my Northern Irish home town the central Orange mast has been turned off and now its impossible to go shopping and still be 'mobile'. I had to berate Orange for a few days before they would consider giving PAC codes to my parents as apparently there are no issues in Northern Ireland. Their own coverage checker says there's very little 3G around, yet Vodafone have it in really rural places.
EE retail are a bit dim too, been in the Exeter store a couple of times and tweeted them - they have a Lumia 710 on display with an info tag for the 610. Apparently they've fixed it. Still not right.
The Kevin Bacon ads really annoy me too. We use mobile phones, not mobil phones. Generally it seems that Orange, Hutchinson, T-Mobile, FreeServe, Wannadoo, Everything Everywhere or One2One - whatever name they use this week are having an identity crisis and will ultimately suffer for their foray into 4G first. Its misguided, overpriced - nobody paid a premium for 3G over 2G, what makes this time around any different? The other networks are building out the 4G masts currently hoping they've bet on the right frequencies and equipment and can flick the switch when OFCOM say its all good. In the meantime EE look like a moth eaten patchwork quilt across the UK.
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Ill be curious to see what the pricing is like though when the other networks join in with 4G, that will prove whether their pricing was indeed rip off while they were exclusive ;)
I pay £5 more for same Data, MORE mins and MORE texts; AND I get 4G!
I too have had brilliant customer service and no issues with Operator.... I think people cry because their to tight fisted to pay a few £ extra for 4G.... And then bitch how the prices are obscene... Morons!
Not once have I had issues with signal across all spectrums! Nor has my wife with her 820! Ever though your girlfriend has a dodgy phone?!?
I've contacted EE once for settings as initially they didn't have it on their site, and were very helpful! As for prices, I pay £5 more a month for the phone I wanted and 4G with 1GB... I was paying £36 on O2, so how is that obscene?!?
Add to this, being charged 3 times for the early upgrade fee, (twice on the same bill), a useless website, total lack of support for WP8. Constant badgering to take up their Clone Phone backup service, that's only available for IOS and Android (never mind that WP don't need it as its all in the OS).
All in all, I wish I'd been able to stay with Orange, where I had been for 17yrs with barely any problems at all.
EDIT: Holy crap, it's actually cheaper than the 820. I am completely floored. Looks like it might be a 920 for me.
"Im sorry, your number is not an orange number, you aren't our customer" - erm. Your taking £35 a month out of my account and well....my phone says EE so work that one out.
What do they want to bring you in with a loss on a £329 phone so you'll come in and buy a 6-pack? Or maybe a bluetooth?
Been happy with my 800 even with 7.8 on it (which is a vast improvement ver 7.5) like I said though, an offer too good to be ignored :)
Called EE to double check this and they confirmed no free wireless charger. A bit dissapointed by that although the massive knockdown in price for the 920 has more than made up for it!
I loved my Lumia 800 but I am IN love with my 920 ;-)
I got the impression that EE are a mess right now, the staff still consider themselves to work for Orange or T-Mobile, not EE. It will take years for them to integrate properly. The price reductions on their PAYG phones were not advertised anywhere in the store, as far as I could see, it only showed up when scanning it.
The shop I bought from was previously Orange. They had a large poster stating that each 920 got a free wireless charger, and the small print on it didn't exclude the situation, so that had to give it free really. They said they had been doing the same the previous day, manually discounting it, as the till didn't recognise it as part of the deal.
They had no idea when the deal would end, but apparently they sometimes they don't find out until the day it finishes.
Reading this article has saved me at least £100. Hopefully this info will help somebody else too.