We've made the point several times that online retailers' claims about new device price and availability details aren't always to be trusted, which is why we chose not to report – as many others did – Clove's claim that the Nokia Lumia 800 wouldn't be available to buy SIM free until next year.
Turns out it won't be available SIM free from Clove, but it will through other operators and retail outlets. And the reason? Simple: Nokia wanted it that way from the start.
So if you've been reading that the Lumia 800 won't be available SIM-free on launch day, November 16, here's Nokia itself to set you right:
“The Nokia Lumia 800 goes on sale on the 16th of November as we stated during the launch at Nokia World. There are some rather odd stories circulating at present, it’s rather flattering as it proves that there are a lot of people who believe the Lumia 800 will be a major sales item and are now trying to get it onto their shelves.
“However for the rollout of our first Lumia products, we have chosen to work with the UK operator and retail partners who shared our enthusiasm and commitment to bring these first products to market with a major focus on bringing alive the Nokia with Windows Phone experience for consumers. Therefore we are making sure that by using these channels the Lumia 800 will be available to our customers in the widest variety of outlets from SIM free to contract.
“We have also worked extensively to train these channels to support the product. From Q1 next year we will be supplying the product to our wider UK distribution network and in the interim we will be supporting these additional channels with training ready for this wider reach.”
Our thanks to Pocket-lint for sharing Nokia's clarification.