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Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones

Old tech, going cheaper?

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Nokia has reportedly cut up to 15 per cent off the price of its Lumia handsets in a bid to flog off Window Phone 7 kit before Windows 8 appears in its next-gen smartphones.

The Finnish phone giant hasn't confirmed the cut, which was highlighted today by UK-based market watcher CCS Insight and made public by Reuters.

The Lumia 900 is now 15 per cent cheaper, the Lumia 800 ten per cent less costly to by, according to the CCS data.

Nokia Lumia 900 Windows smartphone

Nokia's official Sim-free price for the 800 is £380, according to the Nokia site, but retailers such as Clove and Expansys are already offering it for under £250.

The 900 can set you back anywhere between £280 and £360, depending on which colour you choose and where you buy it from. Nokia's site doesn't list an official Sim-free price.

Of course, neither will run Window Phone 8 when it ships, so they're not future proof, but the fully functional and available offline Nokia Maps may well appeal to anyone after a decent phone-navigation combo. ®

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