The Nokia Lumia 1020 is finally here and thanks to its 41 megapixel camera it brings phone photography to a whole new level. But don’t rush out and buy one yet. First read on to find out who offers it at the lowest prices and the best overall value.
EE has the Nokia Lumia 1020 available at a range of price points. It’s worth noting that all of EE’s plans include unlimited minutes and texts and the lowest monthly price that the Lumia 1020 is available for on EE is £26. However that only comes with 500MB of data and carries a £219.99 charge for the handset.
Alternatively you can get it for £31 a month with 1GB of data and a £159.99 charge, £36 a month with 1.5GB of data and a £109.99 charge, £41 a month with 2GB of data and a £69.99 charge, £46 a month with 10GB of data and a £29.99 charge or £51 a month with 20GB of data and a £29.99 charge. All of these are 24 month contracts.
In other words the more you pay the better value the data becomes, but no matter which contract you go for there will still be some amount to pay upfront.
While all of EE’s tariffs include 4G, O2 gives customers a choice of 3G or 4G, with 3G coming out cheaper. For 3G, 24 month plans start at £37 per month, which gives you 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data with no upfront fee. Prices go up to £52 per month for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 8GB of data with no upfront fee.
4G plans start at £47 per month for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data with no upfront fee and go up to £57 per month with unlimited minutes and texts and 8GB of data with no upfront fee, though alternatively you can pay some money up front to get a discount on your monthly prices.
In other words O2 has the advantage of avoiding an upfront fee, but its overall prices are quite a lot steeper than EE.
All of Vodafone’s 4G plans include unlimited minutes and texts and start at £42 per month for 2GB of data, with a £49 fee. Or you can get the Lumia 1020 for £47 per month with 4GB of data and no upfront fee, or for £52 per month with 8GB of data and no upfront fee, while 3G plans start from £33 per month.
Three doesn’t yet offer 4G, but it does have superb value contracts, all of which include unlimited data. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is available from £34 per month 500 minutes and 5000 texts (in addition to unlimited data) with an upfront cost of £69. Or you can get it for £36 per month with 1000 minutes and 5000 texts, along with a £69 fee, or for £38 a month with 2000 minutes, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes and 5000 texts, with a £69 fee.
So who offers the best Lumia 1020 deal ?
Three presents the best overall value if you can live without 4G for the time being, especially as 4G will be available at no extra cost once Three launches it. If you want 4G now then Vodafone is the best value for low amounts of data (though its coverage isn’t great yet), while EE presents better value for a lot of data.
By Simon Thomas on 27th September, 2013