Telefónica’s O2 UK is not on the list of UK operators that will sell Nokia’s flagship Lumia Windows Phone smartphone range.
Nokia spokesman Mark Squires confirmed to The Inquirer that Vodafone, Orange UK, T-Mobile UK and 3UK will sell Nokia’s Lumia Windows Phone smartphones. Just two retailers–the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U–will be able to offer SIM-free and contract Lumia smartphones.
O2 UK is believed to have had issues with Nokia’s terms for the devices, claiming they were too severe for the operator in terms of stock levels, sales volumes, store displays and marketing campaigns. The exclusion of O2 UK from this list comes days after Telefónica’s UK general manager for devices, Simon Lee-Smith, told Telecoms.com that Nokia’s high-end handsets were “not yet at the right price point,” adding: “If Nokia wants to sell in volume, they need to bring out devices which are cost-competitive.”