Nokia Lumia 800 Available in South Africa 7th Feb

This is a small update for those of you from South Africa that have been following the previous Nokia Lumia posts.

Previously we received a tip that the Nokia Lumia 800 would be available in South Africa sometime during the first quarter of 2012. Now Nokia has announced it officially and given a fixed date via their Facebook page (opens in new tab). So how long do we need to wait? Well, not long at all. The Nokia Lumia 800 will be launching in South Africa on the 7th of February 2012!

I don't know how Nokia/Microsoft managed to make this possible, as South Africa is more often than not way behind the rest of the world (in terms of phone releases). But I know a lot of South Africans will be extremely excited to be able to get their hands on a Windows Phone 7, especially the Lumia 800. The official launch party is taking place on the 25'th of this month, and we will be there to report back!

Source: Nokia SA's Facebook page (opens in new tab); Thanks, Japie (opens in new tab), for the tip!

16 Comments
  • This is great news!  I hope that South Africans embrace and enjoy the WP platform :)
  • I second this. Kudos to Nokia for brining such a great phone to an ever increasing global audience.
  • World domination indeed, Nokia.
  • I must say that I love the sensation with which you present some of the new about Windows Phone here at WPCentral but I am a bit dissappointed with the way you reported this news about South Africa getting the Lumia 800. What did you mean by "South Africa is more often than not  way behind the rest of the world"? I have traveled to 17 countries in Europe and I was in South Africa in 2006 but the standard of living in South Africa is far ahead of many European countries I have traveled to. There are a lot of poor people in South Africa though but they have a very beautiful country with a very robust econony. It's rather unfortunate that many of us here think that all of Africa is still  like the 'jungle' Discovery Channel would want us to believe but the fact is there are many decent countries in Africa with emerging strong economies and Microsoft and Nokia have been doing business with these countries for decades so they know what they are doing.
  • You know Matt/RogueCode is from South Africa right? lol
  • Hi mccasive. As Sam says, I am South African. And I was only talking with respect to phone releases, not the general state of our "jungle". ;-) And yip, you are totally right. We have internet, electricity, roads and Mc Donalds. If this is a jungle then it's one kick-ass jungle!
  • I agree with u, but still the first WP7 in SA was the omnia 7 on vodacom, they advertised the phone about a month and it didn't give WP7 the exposure it needed, now they have killed the phone totally, its no more in their stores or on their website, I hope Nokia makes an effort to inform more people bout WP7 also hope the fix all those kinks the uk and european users have been complaining about. Hopes it comes with a front facing camera....*fingers crossed*. Also the Galaxy Note was released in SA before US, so I don't think SA is behind in anything, though I'm not a South African.
  • I agree with u, but still the first WP7 in SA was the omnia 7 on vodacom, they advertised the phone about a month and it didn't give WP7 the exposure it needed, now they have killed the phone totally, its no more in their stores or on their website, I hope Nokia makes an effort to inform more people bout WP7 also hope the fix all those kinks the uk and european users have been complaining about. Hopes it comes with a front facing camera....*fingers crossed*. Also the Galaxy Note was released in SA before US, so I don't think SA is behind in anything, though I'm not a South African.
  • Yeah, in that previous article I linked to I mentioned the fire-sale of the remaining Omnia 7's. There is a chance that this will happen again, but I HIGHLY doubt it. Nokia has already proved that that are deadly serious about selling this phone, and selling lots of them.
  • Greetings RougeCode
    I know this may be a bit late but do you know if that Firesale is still on and if so where. Been trying to track down an Omnia 7 for a while
  • Slight correction, the first WP7 devices in SA were actually the HTC Trophy and HTC Mozart. I know this because when I looked at an upgrade last June those were the only devices I could find and buy was it a mission! I had to actually phone various stores and no one knew what I was talking about. I was really determined though and eventually found one that had them however they had never sold a single one! The Omnia was released a few weeks later. I prefer the Mozart and the Trophy over the Omnia as it's a bit blocky for my liking.
  • *sits in corner with rest of aussies/kiwis waiting to be noticed by nokia*
  • By saying that South Arica is usually behind, the author is referring to phone releases, not the country itself! I'm a South African resident too, and it used to be such that we got phone releases way after European/US launches on our local carriers, namely Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. However, now that Vodacom has basically become a division of Vodafone, releases seem to be much quicker and the variation of smartphone offerings is improved. For example, Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note launched very soon here after their European releases and did so with huge ad campaigns. High end HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and even iPhone handstes also now seem to arrive fairly quickly, often quicker than US variants. However, WP handsets have not received the same attention. I do believe Nokia can change this though. About 5-6 years ago almost everyone here owned a Nokia phone of some sort, but the release of the iPhone and Android smartphones has changed this. If Nokia can push their brand and how well Windows Phone works with it, I think they will successfully revive the loyalty they once had in the SA market. 
  • Yip, exactly. I could probably have worded it better though. Yeah every now and then there is an anomoly and we get a device/movie etc with the US, and occasionally before. This is happening more and more, and it's really cool to see.
  • Stuff SA..LOL jokes In Australia people still think we have kangaroo and koala's in our backyard. We still waiting for our annoucement
  • Can't wait, tnx matt... see you at the launch party!