FINNISH PHONE FIRM Nokia has revealed that its flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920 will remain an EE exclusive until next year.
Speaking to The INQUIRER, Nokia said that the Lumia 920 will only be available to buy on EE'S 4G contracts, both via EE and Phones 4U, until "at least" next year. It added that this exclusivity might be prolonged even further, perhaps dependant on whether the mobile network manages to shift enough of the Windows Phone 8 handsets.
This news is unlikely to go down well with INQUIRER readers, who aren't too pleased about EE's extravagant pricing. For a Nokia Lumia 920 with 8GB of data, users will have to sign up to a two-year £56 a month contract, which comes with a £20 upfront cost.
One outraged reader said, "Was waiting for 3 months for a Lumia 920 as I am a big Windows fan, but if only available with expensive 4G contract [then] I will be buying an Iphone 5 on a 3G contract next week. Have Nokia and Windows shot [themselves] in the foot?"
Another reader added, "We all knew that EE's pricing would be insane. I really hope they suffer for it. Nokia were just insane making it exclusive to what is going to be the smallest market possible."
Still, it's worth noting that the Nokia Lumia 920 will also be available through Orange and T-Mobile during this exclusivity period, which will be offering it on cheaper 3G-only contracts. µ