Nokia Lumia 610 launches in the UK, starts on £15 per month contracts

Nokia's latest Windows Phone addition might not stack up to the polycarbonate glory of its forebears, but at this price, it's hard to complain that much. While the reduced RAM specification is proving tricky with some apps, the Lumia 610 has some strong points, arriving with WiFi tethering out of the box and a raft of Nokia's impressive home-made apps. We're putting the phone through its paces for review now, so you can expect our verdict pretty soon. The Lumia 610 will be available across Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Three, in a choice of white, cyan, magenta and black finishes. Phone sellers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u will also be more than willing to take your money and if you'd like to hear Nokia wax lyrical on its tiniest leading light, take a look right after the break.

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Fun and affordable: Nokia launches the Lumia 610 in the UK

Includes WiFi tethering and 'flip-to-silence' with latest sleek Windows Phone experience

London, 30 May 2012 – Nokia today announced the most affordable Lumia smartphone to date with the stylish new Nokia Lumia 610 available in the UK in white, cyan, magenta and black.

Description: Description: Nokia Lumia 610-colors_The fast and social smartphone offers a number of new features including WiFi tethering and flip-to-silence, and is priced from £15.00 per month on contract from O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u.

The distinctive Nokia Lumia 610 brings amazing social networking and puts all contacts from mobile, email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn into one place with the People Hub. Plus there's gaming from Xbox Live, and signature Nokia apps including Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and Nokia Music bringing free offline music without subscription.

"The 610 brings the fast and sleek Nokia Lumia experience to lower priced areas of the market," said Conor Pierce, vice president Western Europe, Nokia. "Pre-loaded with Nokia Mix Radio, our free music streaming service and Nokia Drive, our global turn-by-turn navigation app, makes the Nokia Lumia 610 ideal for those looking for their first smartphone."

Pre-loaded with the Microsoft Office app, users can access Word, PowerPoint and Excel on the go and use OneNote mobile to capture notes, ideas, pictures and voice memos, making it ideal for busy students. The addition of Skydrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, files and notes can be synchronised, opened and edited from any PC or directly from their phone.