UK availability dates for Nokia Lumia 920 and 820

By , source: WP Central, Neowin

Today Nokia announced UK release dates for two of its new phones. The Lumia 920 will be available on 2 November, while the Lumia 820 can be purchased five days later on 7 November, according to WP Central. In the UK all 820s will include a wireless charging shell.

The site already published a list of those in the UK set to stock the devices, and now has received more information about how long EE exclusivity will last. According to promotional material from Phones4U, they will sell the Lumia 920 SIM-free, so far the only one to offer the phone without a contract.

The Lumia 920 will be available in black, white, red and yellow options. It is an EE exclusive which means you can have it on either Orange or T mobile tariffs, if the deals on the brand new 4g tariffs are not to your liking. 

WP Central has been informed that EE has the exclusive until the end of the year and it will not be possible to buy the handsets offline (without a contract) while this is in place, apart from Phones4u where it'll be available for £459 (according to promotion material). Nokia have indicated they may extend the exclusivity. Nokia advised they are concerned with so-called “best execution” which likely means they are seeking to place the 920 into stores that can provide a premium retail experience.

The Lumia 820 will follow shortly behind the 920 and will arrive on 7 November. Colours include black, white, red and yellow. The phones will be available in many outlets including EE, Orange, T Mobile, O2, Phones 4u Carphone Warehouse and Tesco Phone Shop. In the UK all 820s will come with a wireless charging shell.

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