The flagship Windows Phone 7 device from Finnish phone maker, Nokia, has been launched on Vodacom, the network tweeted on Friday (17 August 2012); this, despite the network previously saying that it would not get the device.
MTN launched the Nokia Lumia 900 towards the end of June, giving it just over a month’s exclusivity with the device.
Nokia first announced an LTE version of the device at CES in January 2012, but unveiled an HSPA model at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 27 February 2012.
The device boasts a 4.3-inch 480×800 capacitive touch display, 42Mbps HSPA+ support, 8 megapixel camera, and 1.4GHz processor and Adreno 205 GPU using the Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon chip.
Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, a new version of its mobile operating system, the day after the official launch event for the Nokia Lumia 900 was held in South Africa.
Older Windows Phone devices, such as the Lumia 900, will not receive an official upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Instead Microsoft will release Windows Phone 7.8, a new version of Windows Phone 7, for existing users.
The below table shows the contract pricing of the Nokia Lumia 900 on Vodacom:
|Vodacom postpaid deals||Monthly price||Airtime||SMSes||Data|
|Smart Light*||R359||75 off-peak, 20 promo||100||100MB|
|Smart Standard 229*||R379||75 anytime, 20 promo, 20 More weekend||150||150MB|
|Smart Standard*||R529||130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend||300||300MB|
|Smart Advanced*||R899||450 anytime, 180 promo, 180 More weekend||400||400MB|
|Everyday Off-peak 120||R379||120 off-peak||0||0|
|Business Call s||R389||0||0||0|
|Talk 75s||R429||75 anytime; 20 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 120s||R459||120 anytime; 20 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 130||R479||130 anytime; 20 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 200s||R569||200 anytime; 60 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 240||R569||240 anytime; 60 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 350s||R699||350 anytime; 60 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 500s||R849||500 anytime; 180 More weekend||0||0|
|*Promotional and More Weekend minutes to other Vodacom users only. Promotional minutes given if contract taken up before 6 September 2012|