Windows Phone 8

Update: We’re pretty excited to announce that the Nokia Lumia 920 is coming to Vodafone! Read all the details here.

Last night Microsoft revealed the final details of Windows Phone 8 and we were watching developments unfold with great interest. When we launch our Windows Phone 8 line up in the New Year, we’ll be offering some eye-catching devices from HTC and Nokia

“Live Tiles offer the kind of connection between activities, and different parts of your life, that people are looking for”

But what do we like about the look and feel of Windows Phone 8? Well, it’s been a long time since mobile phones were only about hardware – and we think the new Microsoft ecosystem has evolved to make using your smartphone a more seamlessly integrated and personalised experience.

“The Live Tiles were what really struck us when we started to look at Windows Phone 8,” says Tanya Thorne from the Vodafone devices team. “You can personalise them far more than you could in the previous operating system. We think they can offer the kind of connection between activities, and different parts of your life, that people are looking for.”

In short, Windows Phone 8 feels zippy to use, and it’s great for multi-tasking. You can listen to music, take photos and see who’s updating their social network status all at the same time without constantly flipping between different apps.

Windows Phone has a unique start screen, with Live Tiles that update dynamically to show you how many emails you have, who’s doing what on Facebook, or what’s coming up in your calendar. You can also ‘pin’ your favourite people and apps to your home screen so that they come up straight away, as soon as you need them.

Now, with Windows Phone 8, you can also change the size of the Live Tiles, and move them around on screen, so that they really reflect your life and priorities – not the priorities that your operating system thinks you should have.

We also think Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 is a step-forward in seamlessly integrating an experience that you can have on your phone, tablet and computer. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 share a common interface, file system and drivers – so it should be even easier to share stuff between your smart phone and PC using the built-in SkyDrive app on your start screen. The way we work now, that could make life a lot easier.

And that’s just the software. The hardware looks fantastic too. We’ll be offering the HTC 8X, HTC 8S and the Nokia Lumia 820, three fantastic looking handsets, each packed with great specs and a host of added features to add even more to the Windows Phone experience.

We’ll be looking at these in more detail over the coming months on Vodafone Social, but with Nokia’s City Lens, Cinemagraph and Nokia Drive on the Lumia 820, and HTC building in an ultra wide-angle front-lens in addition to the lens at the back of the phones, and an exclusive Beats Audio amp, there’s plenty to whet your appetite.

We’ll be revealing Vodafone pricing closer to our launch day in the New Year, so stay tuned for more info.

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  • BonzeUK

    Why not the flagship Nokia Lumia 920? why no Samsung? 
    makes no sense at all….

    • There are lots of factors that influence which devices are added to our range and we focus on the ones we think will best meet the needs of the majority of our customers. Sometimes, that means we we don’t sell a particular smartphone. That said, with these three Windows Phone 8 devices coming through there’s plenty of choice. And there’s SIM Only, of course 🙂

      • Steven Stewart

        Hi Dan, thanks for the update.  I was looking to get the 920 from Vodafone but now I’m going to have to leave you guys.  Just out of interest what factors influenced your decision to not sell the 920?

      • BonzeUK

        Unfortunately I receive my phone through work, and so am limited to whatever Vodafone have on offer on their site.  I can’t really see my bosses being happy to pay Vodafone a monthly fee and then supply me with a SIM free handset from elsewhere.
        And whilst I agree that the 820 and 8X are good phones, the 920 is so much better and I still cannot understand the current Vodafone WP8 lineup.

  • Not until 2013 ?  Why the delay ?

  • Oliver Howard

    Are you kidding me?

    Vodafone won’t be selling these till the New Year?

    I really wanted the Nokia 920 or the Samsung Ativ S. After yesterdays launch I thought I’d settle for the HTC 8x, but now I find out Vodafone won’t have any till the New Year?

    Looks like I’m leaving Vodafone.

    • Hi Oliver – the 8X is a great looking phone. I’m looking forward to playing with all of them to be honest. As for why the New Year? We’re working on some exciting initiatives for the launch so watch this space.

      • Oliver Howard

        The 8X is a good looking phone granted, but other considerations pushed me away from that option initially. Mostly HTC’s reputation for very poor battery life.

        But I’ll be damned if I’m going to wait 2-3 months more for a phone I could get with another network in week or two, and with a better contract.

        I’m interested to see what your initiatives are for your launch of the devices, but it reads to me like you guys forgot WP8 was coming out or you’ve only just set your guys working on the VF ROM for them.

        • I can assure you nothing’s been forgotten – quite the opposite in fact! You’re totally right to pick whatever phone you want – that’s the beauty of having so many choices! Whichever phone go for, I hope you enjoy it.

          • I have to say that Vodafone UK is not doing itself any good by not offering Windows Phone 8 devices until January 2013! I understand why they can’t offer the Lumia 920 but not offering the other phones when Vodafone in other countries are offering them is not good. Dan you mention the you will have exiting new initiatives these can only relate to the network or tariffs as Vodafone are not allowed to touch the software on the phones unless they want to add extra apps….

            I have been with Vodafone since it was owned by Racal and my current mobile number was given to me by Chris Gent…

            With the issues that I have had with my billing since June 2011 and the issues I have with my Sure Signal where I had to talk to the directors office – not providing the Windows Phone 8 might be the last straw to make me and the rest of out family leave Vodafone…they will now have to do something very good for me to keep us all.

  • I’m not privy to all the details but we don’t tend to talk about specific device decisions publicly. It’s more important that we make sure customers know what they can get and what choices they have and there are some really interesting options coming up with these three.  
    Personally, I’m keen to see the Lumia 820 in person and I’ve already seen the 8X – that’s a lovely looking phone!

    • Marktor

      Dan, I get the “wont disclose publicly but this platform is a mjor release from MS and in line with the tablet and laptop options gives business some really needed options. I buy hundred of devices from you guys on business and also as a private customer and am discussing with account managers now. My only comment is that 2013 for release is just one of the silliest decisions I have ever seen from VF….. dissapointed.

  • Ali Cheeseman

    why not till the new year?!

  • Martin Hall

    What no Nokia Lumia 920 ? What a farce. Nokia have made mistakes in the past, but not to include their new flagship is ridiculous. Way to go Vodafone.

    • I do find the lack of any solid response from Vodafone on the issue of Windows Phone 8 device very very poor. I would have hoped that someone from Vodafone might give us a date in January rather than just saying January!!!!

      It is obvious from the lack of response from Vodafone that they haven’t got any interest in the Windows Phone 8 market. Companies like Verizon, which Vodafone has an interest in, are shipping various devices this month.. I can go to Vodafone Germany and get Windows Phone 8 devices including the Lumia 920 so why can’t Vodafone UK offer them???

  • From what i have seen vodafone are rolling out their 4g network in the new year, is it a coincedence that the 8x will be released around the same time, as i have seen some models of HTC 8x with 4g support?

  • Hi Ali, 

    We’re just planning to sell the phones included in the post as things stand. If that were to change or other devices were added to the line up, we’d be sure to let people know. All our current info on 4G is available here, by the way http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/price-plans/vodafone-4g/?cid=rdr-9474-05


  • “Vodafone pricing closer to our launch day in the New Year”Really – i can’t get an 8x with Vodafone for another 2 months – come on guys, you’re a premium network but damage that status with slow deliveries.
    If i buy the phone elsewhere will i get a Tarriff reduction?

    • Hi Stuart,

      If you buy your own device you can pick up a SIM Only plan. There available on a rolling 30 day or 12 month basis. Is that what you mean?


  • Wow this is seriously disappointing!  I’ve been with Vodafone for 12yrs and i’ve found them to be a great network – not to mention the best coverage in my (rural) area… and yet i simply don’t want any phone other than the 920….nor can i afford to buy one SIM free… So i believe my only choice is to leave! What a shame…

  • how much is this 2 buy new as i got this on contract in black last week

  • i have this fone in black and it is amazing i find it 2 much for me 2 modern and alot goin on in it 

  • Hi John,

    We’re working hard to bring these devices to you as soon as we’re able. We appreciate that nobody likes waiting for the next big thing, but rest assured: we’re as keen as you to firm up a date for the New Year, and we’ll let you know when our WP8 phones are ready as soon as we possibly can.

    •  I asked on chat yesterday for more precises details and was directed to a webpage where I could ‘register my interest’ in windows 8. The page was blank, says it all really! I don’t see why details can’t be released now because everyone will go elsewhere soon if Vodafone can’t even say what the deals will be. Maybe they didn’t forget that Windows 8 was coming but I think they forgot about Christmas!

      • danjcjones

        I too am very surprised by the late release of the new Windows Phones compared to several other networks and the lack of a firm date from anyone in your company!?

  • Hey Guys, just a quick heads up… As per the update at the top of this post, we’re pretty excited to announce that we will be stocking the Nokia Lumia 920! Head through to http://blog.vodafone.co.uk/2012/12/19/its-official-the-nokia-lumia-920-is-coming-to-vodafone/ for the details!

  • Sandesh Summan

    why is there still no 8x on vodafone? its 1 day from the middle of jan… are you guys going to get the phone??? if so when ?

  • And still nothing!!!! no news!!! no nothing! Voda are going have to pull something amazing off to keep me now, this is just rubbish!!!

    • We will confirm the dates as soon as we can. It won’t be much longer, we promise.

    • Same hear “something amazing” to keep me too!!!.

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