Brits who've wanted Nokia's budget phone ambitions writ large -- namely, the Lumia 625 -- won't have to wait much longer. The 4.7-inch Windows Phone will be available on August 28th through EE, O2, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U. If you're interested, you can pick up the device for free on a £21 per month contract, or buy it outright for £179 on pay-as-you-go service; early adopters get a second colored back as a bonus. EE, O2 and Vodafone should all support the Lumia 625's LTE either immediately or the day after, so it's just a matter of choosing the 4G network you prefer.
Nokia Lumia 625 now available in the UK
See more of what you love with an affordable 4G smartphone
Wednesday 14th August, London - Nokia today announced the UK availability of the Nokia Lumia 625 smartphone offering affordable 4G connectivity through a large 4.7" screen for a leading entertainment experience.
Sporting a new expression of the award winning Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers the choice of 5 semi-transparent changeable shells; available in orange, bright green, yellow, white and black, which add to the critically acclaimed Live Tile personalisation brought by Windows Phone 8.
"The Nokia Lumia 625 combines high end innovation and experiences with a stunning 4.7" screen and 4G connectivity, to bring high speed entertainment to new audiences on a budget." said Conor Pierce, Nokia's VP UK and Ireland. "It's a fantastic blend of affordability and performance, in short it's the product that the UK 4G market has been waiting for."
The Nokia Lumia 625 brings a rich selection of exclusive high end innovations at a very affordable price. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, which allows users to capture the perfect shot every time, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which transforms pictures into living memories.
Dee Kaul, Director of Terminals for Vodafone UK and Ireland said, "The Nokia Lumia 625 will make a great and highly affordable 4G addition to Vodafone's range of Windows Phones."
With lightning fast 4G connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers up to 10x faster video streaming and internet surfing. Content like games, apps, and free navigation with HERE Maps and Drive are also easier to follow on its big screen. It offers access to over 165,000 apps and leading Nokia services straight out of the box. These include, Nokia Music, which offers streaming of ad-free mixes without registration or subscription, plus the ability to download mixes for listening offline.
Nicola Shenton, Head Of Devices, EE said, "4G is incredibly important for the future of mobile in the UK, and EE is at the forefront. With the new Lumia 625, Nokia is helping to bring even more affordable, quality 4G devices to the market which will ensure 4G experiences are available to a broader audience."
Running Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 625 provides leading personalisation with changeable Live Tiles that update direct to the home screen, whilst the People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. There's also Xbox Live, Microsoft Office integration and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage that add to the 8GB of in built memory, and SD memory card support of up to 64GB.
Graham Stapleton, CEO of Carphone Warehouse UK said, "As 4G accelerates across networks in the UK, we expect the service to become available to more consumers at different price points. At Carphone Warehouse we are aiming to offer the broadest range of 4G devices. Nokia is leading the 4G device portfolio already with a number of innovative middle and high end devices. With the Nokia Lumia 625 we see them move to an even more affordable price point with a 4.7" Super sensitive Display, optimised for viewing media on the go. This will be the most affordable 4G smartphone in our range at launch."
The Nokia Lumia 625 will be indicatively priced at around £21 per month on contract and £179 on Pay As You Go, it will be available in the UK through O2, Vodafone, EE, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u from Wednesday the 28th of August. The Nokia Lumia 625.The Lumia 625's array of swappable coloured shells are supported by a launch offer where for a limited time customers purchasing a black or white Lumia 625 will also be able to claim a free coloured shell in Orange, Yellow or Green.