Vodafone finally wakes up to Windows Phone 8

Vodafone finally wakes up to Windows Phone 8Vodafone will finally offer a range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones on contract from later this week, with an “army” of five devices becoming available on monthly tariff on Wednesday.

The network claims it has been testing the devices “day and night” to make sure they are reliable, and is now ready to make good on its December promise to jump on board the WP8 bandwagon.

As far as “armies” go, a fighting force of five units isn't going to take over the world, especially when the range actually includes just two brands – Nokia and HTC. But we'll let the Vodafone blog post that announced the news get away with a bit of creative licence in the name of enthusiastic marketing.

And anyway, nearly all the expected suspects are present and correct in its lineup: the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, plus the newly launched Lumia 620, as well as HTC's Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S.

The only other name we would like to see on that list of initial choices is the Samsung Ativ S. But for now O2 is your only option if you want an Ativ S on contract directly from the UK's main networks.

Despite the Vodafone “army” being just two days away from active duty, however, Voda is still keeping mum on exact prices and deals it'll be offering for the five devices.

Via The Next Web

Read more about: Windows PhoneVodafoneHTC Windows Phone 8SHTC Windows Phone 8XNokia Lumia 820Nokia Lumia 920

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 14:32

HTC's are the only physically attractive WP8 devices imho. Good bit cheaper than Nokia's offerings, also.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:18

Lesser in features and storage though and doesn't the 8s compare more to the cheaper 620 than the 820? And the 8x more similar to the 820?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:26

Lesser in features and storage though and doesn't the 8s compare more to the cheaper 620 than the 820? And the 8x more similar to the 820?

Here the 8S on prepay is almost a third cheaper than the 620; the 8X is €40 cheaper than the 820. Yep, no SD card, and no Nokia's maps etc.
I just find the 620 and 820 incredibly bulky (considering screen- and battery size), and those glossy covers look awful. The 8S and 8X look and feel better in my personal opinion.
But hey...

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:47

Ah, here the 620 is cheaper than 8s (so far) 150 compared to 180.
Thought we didn't mind additional heft on this site though.
Not actually looked at 620, 8s or 8x tbh. 620 wasn't out last time I was in phone store..

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 15:53

Well... do hahaha I find it horrible. The gloss is just awful. Cheap looking. And though I don't mind chunky, they are just way over the top for the screen estate you get - or the battery.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 16:03

Aren't there supposed to be matt versions?
At least they do better on screen size per phone size than the 7600 I so liked once. :)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 16:38

Aren't there supposed to be matt versions?
At least they do better on screen size per phone size than the 7600 I so liked once. :)


The matte versions are the wireless (LOL) charging covers... not available here. 'We' only got sockets in the 1960s. Change takes time ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 16:45

Also: curious how 'irrelevant' the Samsung Ativ S turned out to be. There seems to be hardly any mention of it anymore. Mind you: it is one uninspiring (uninspired) design...

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 17:17

Although in some ways the best option regardless of design

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2013 at 17:21

Anyway as Voda remain the least impressive of the networks what they do doesn't really interest me.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2013 at 17:25

Although in some ways the best option regardless of design

True. Price etc... But it's ugly in the wrong ways. Kinda Eastern Germany 1986... Samsung Trabant.

Just read some more Ativ S reviews - seems to be quite a decent device. And the 920 aside it has the best camera?

Pondlife  Feb. 5, 2013 at 22:02

Anyway so just the customers that need awakening...

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