Nokia Lumia comes to South Africa

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Itching to get your hands on the new Nokia Lumia 800? Vodacom have sweetened the deal by giving away a Xbox to the first few hundred customers. Hurry, get your free Xbox with your new Nokia Lumia 800 tomorrow morning. I’ve never been much of a gamer myself. Have always watched other people playing and wondered about the inner workings of the game and the technology involved. But if you really want an Xbox to go with your new Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone and your post holiday season budget is depleted this is your opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone.

Nokia Lumia 800 promo
Nokia Lumia 800 South Africa

Simon Dingle tweeted the pic above but without any indication of where exactly this promotion is happening and he didn’t reply to my query either.

If you want to get your hands on the Lumia 800 and free Xbox this promotion is for you. If case you were wondering… you can download WhatsApp from MarketPlace right from your Nokia Lumia 800. Don’t think we can say the same about the Nokia N9 yet. To demo the new Lumia 800 check out Nokia South Africa’s Facebook page.

Will you be getting the Nokia Lumia 800 with free Xbox?

First two Nokia smartphones based on Windows Phone in South Africa

At an event at Vodacom World, Nokia announced the arrival of the Lumia range of smartphones in South Africa. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, familiar Nokia elements such as leading imaging capabilities, and Nokia’s best social and Internet performance with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9.

“This is the day that something unique, bold and exciting arrived in the South African smartphone market,” says Gerard Brandjes, Vice-President for Nokia in South and East Africa. “I have been amazed with the strong operator partnerships, critical acclaim and consumer excitement the Lumia range has achieved across Europe, Asia and the US, and I expect exactly the same kind of enthusiasm for the devices locally. This is truly a new dawn for us.”

The Nokia Lumia 800 is expected to be available countrywide – together with Vodacom – on the 7th February 2012 on a Vodacom Business Call contract, with 100MB data per month for 24 months, at R279 per month.

“This is an important launch for us because the Nokia Lumia 800 is in line with our strategic focus, to drive data by bringing all the latest options and technologies to our customers, which includes offering devices with all the major operating systems. We’re therefore excited to be the first operator to offer Nokia’s Lumia 800 with Windows Phone to the South African market,”says Romeo Kumalo, Vodacom’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We’re thrilled that Vodacom customers will be the first to get their hands on Nokia’s latest smartphone locally and we are pleased that it will be available at such an attractive price point.”

The second device in the range, the colourful, affordable Nokia Lumia 710, is a no-nonsense smartphone that can be personalized with interchangeable back covers and thousands of apps, and brings the same Nokia Lumia experience to more people around the world. The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to arrive in South Africa in the second quarter.

Based on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango release, the Nokia Lumia smartphones are designed to appeal to people with lively social lives, providing instant social and image sharing and new signature Nokia experiences:

  • Nokia Drive delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface.
  • Nokia Music introduces MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers 100s of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster Cable, a recognized leader in high performance audio. This is the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster Cable, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range. The estimated retail price for the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster is approximately R1 799, and should be available in a similar timeframe to the Nokia Lumia 800.
purity headset monster

Product Specifications:

Nokia Lumia 800 Tech Specs

  • Head-turning unibody design with vivid colors: cyan, magenta, black
  • Best social networking experience provided by Windows Phone release 7.5
  • Best Internet browsing experience with Internet Explorer 9 the browser of your choice.
  • Vivid 3.7″ AMOLED, ClearBlack display with WVGA 800×480 pixels, 16 million colours and 2.5D curved glass
  • Leading imaging capabilities with Carl Zeiss optics, above the lock capture, 8MP camera with autofocus and touch focus capability, dual LED flash, high definition 720p video recording with 30FPS and one touch image sharing
  • Nokia signature hubs: Nokia Drive, Nokia Music
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB program memory, 16GB internal user memory, and up to 9 hours of 3G talktime

Nokia Lumia 710: Designed to be affordable

  • Can be personalized with white or black body design, five vibrant exchangeable back covers (black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow) and thousands of apps
  • Best social networking experience provided by Windows Phone release 7.5
  • Best Internet browsing experience with Internet Explorer 9<
  • 3.7″ WVGA TFT, ClearBlack capacitive touch screen with pinch zoom, 800 x 480 pixels and 16 million colours
  • 5 MP camera with auto focus, LED flash, high definition 720p video recording with 30FPS and one-touch image sharing
  • Nokia signature hubs: Nokia Drive, Nokia Music
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB program memory, 8GB internal user memory, and up to 7.6 hours of 3G talktime

The Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster – The ultimate mobile audio experience

  • Iconic on-ear headset from two trusted brands
  • Sleek, lightweight, bold design
  • Advanced Monster driver technologies deliver accurate reproduction of low bass without distortion, clear mids and crisp highs for a pure listening experience
  • Ultra-soft ear cushions for hours of comfortable audio listening
  • Tangle-free cables and Integrated volume and call handling controls
  • Includes premium carrying pouch and two colour-matched audio cables for maximum compatibility with various mobile devices
  • Available initially in black and white
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  • Clinton Liederman

    I have an Xbox and decided a while ago to migrate to Android so i’m not going for the deal. Sweet deal though 🙂

    • TYFYC Clinton. What is really interesting to see is the strategy MS and Nokia taking with the WinMo, Nokia, Xbox community. I’m sure there will be millions of Xbox user who will get the new Nokia phones just so that they can connect their 360 profiles…

  • Just got this news via Twitter: “Hi Simon. The Nokia Lumia promo you asked Pieter about is specific to Vodacom World.”  Via 
    Macdom_A Graeme Anderson