Windows Phone 8 handsets pop up across Europe, dead expensive

Windows Phone 8 handsets pop up across Europe, dead expensiveNow that the first Windows Phone 8 handsets (in particular the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, and the Samsung ATIV S) have been made official, we’re starting to get an idea of the pricing.

In a nutshell, all three are really rather expensive. How expensive? Read on, Jeffrey!

The Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820, and the Samsung ATIV S have popped up in various countries, namely Switzerland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.

Let’s break this down by country. Ready? Switzerland first:

  • Nokia Lumia 920 – CHF 749 (£495) – mid-October
  • Nokia Lumia 820 – CHF 639 (£422) – mid-November
  • Samsung ATIV S (16GB) – CHF 699 (£462) – no ETA

Switzerland is typically quite expensive, but the Czech Republic isn’t much better. Indeed, the Samsung ATIV S is even more expensive. Czech it out:

  • Nokia Lumia 920 – 14,995 CZK (£490)
  • Nokia Lumia 820 – 12,495 CZK (£407)
  • Samsung ATIV S – 15,495 (£505)

And finally, Sweden:

  • Nokia Lumia 920 – 5,799 SEK (£548)
  • Nokia Lumia 820 – 4,499 SEK (£425)

Of course, those are just estimates at this stage. In the UK, none of the usual suspects (Expansys, Clove, Amazon) has taken a stab at pricing yet.

via: WMPoweruser

Read more about: Nokia Lumia 820Nokia Lumia 920Windows Phone

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18 comments

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2012 at 14:06

The Lumia 800 is still €450 on prepay in Ireland LOL

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2012 at 14:07

... of course, the new devices will come down a bit once ACTUALLY released.

Pondlife  Sep. 10, 2012 at 14:25

Nothing surprising there really. When I read dead expensive I was thinking £600+

Was thinking remind me not to shop in Sweden but as I've no real intention of going there....

axxxr  Sep. 10, 2012 at 15:56

What a Rip Off!

B1zarr0Prim3  Sep. 10, 2012 at 16:15

The prices look as I expected.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2012 at 17:54

What a Rip Off!
It's all relative :p

Majorpie  Sep. 10, 2012 at 18:06

Not really that expensive, its cheaper than the iphone 4s a year after launch and much more advanced!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2012 at 21:47

Not really that expensive, its cheaper than the iphone 4s a year after launch and much more advanced!

True, indeed.
On the other hand: you will get good money for a 1 year old iPhone 4S, whereas most WP devices lose about 50% in the first 3-6 months... Clearly, that has to be taken into account when comparing sim-free prices. But of course, the vast number of phones are sold netwok-subsidised, anyways.

Pondlife  Sep. 10, 2012 at 21:55

Maybe just maybe the prices on these won't plummet, maybe, maybe...

....hmm

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2012 at 22:16

The day the Lumia 820 was announced, I saw 2 Lumia 800s on sale; both under a month old. €220 and €240... They were both €450 Vodafone prepay handsets. You can get that kind of money for an old HTC HD2 or a 2 year old Nokia N900.

Pondlife  Sep. 10, 2012 at 22:30

Really slow news day isn't it.
They must really have hated those phones to lose so much on them so fast then

satchef1  Sep. 10, 2012 at 22:59

...did nobody learn from the Surface story?

Odds on these are estimates, even if they do seem inherently normal (the SGS3 and One X are around those prices over here).

Pondlife  Sep. 10, 2012 at 23:14

Given that the last paragraph said they were estimates I was figuring they were.

satchef1  Sep. 11, 2012 at 02:48

Point still is though, why bother posting this up? Some foreign retailers have had a go at guessing the price (likely overestimates, as is normal when no official price is available), the amounts have been directly converted to £ (adding further inaccuracy) resulting in prices similar to other high-end handsets, yet the headline on this bit of non-news runs "Windows Phone 8 handsets pop up across Europe, dead expensive".

The headline and story don't match, and the story itself is non-news. Is it just me that's noticing this happening a lot more on blogs at the moment (not just this one)? Everyone seems desperate for a story, even when there isn't one. The result is junk sold as truth.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 11, 2012 at 03:03

I'm kind of with satchef... When I saw the headline I expected worse. The 808, the Lumia 800, the BB Bold 9900 etc etc etc all clocked in at a good bit more in terms of pre-launch pricing.
Those prices will also come down once the devices are actually launched.

On the other hand - it doesn't mean it's non-news, imho. I'm not saying that to defend Lewis.
Pricing is a big issue. And one could argue that this post (and similar ones elsewhere) is actually important. Trivial on the surface. But we need to send signs to companies.
We could launch a petitions, of course. But hey, that's not in Lewis' contract (if he has one :p ).
Companies constantly fiddle with our heads - PR, ads, commercials, paid-for bloggers etc etc. If they can do it (hello, Nokia ;) ), why shouldn't an otherwise shy little blog in Englandia do it? Now and again the scales need some creative tipping.

Also: it's iPhone-week... what can I say?

Pondlife  Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:20

That sure seems like a different point, but anyway, yep these and prices from expanses, clove and any other gougers don't have much relevance to anyone.
I'll agree that pricing is a big issue and one where Nokia will likely go wrong again, but it'd tip the scales more if it was about real prices that affect the sales here.
Trouble is the need for so much filler to keep site ticking over on slow days.....

Pondlife  Sep. 12, 2012 at 01:50

Was thinking remind me not to shop in Sweden but as I've no real intention of going there....

Think it's unlikely to become Jan's fave place...
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/09/sweden-to-become-first-cashless-society/

Pondlife  Sep. 12, 2012 at 21:43

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