Optus announces Lumia 800 pricing

Optus will sell Nokia'a Lumia 800 smartphone on a range of cap and timeless plans

Nokia's Lumia 800 is now available to pre-order through Optus

Nokia's Lumia 800 is now available to pre-order through Optus

Optus has become the first Australian telco to reveal its pricing plans for the Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone.

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The Nokia Lumia 800 will be sold on five Optus cap plans and two Optus timeless plans, all on 24 month contracts. Optus appears to be marketing the $49 cap plan most heavily — the Lumia 800 is $0 upfront on this plan, which includes $550 worth of calls and texts, 1.5GB of data and unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, eBay and Foursquare services per month. The telco has promised to deliver the Lumia 800 to its customers on Thursday 1 March, provided they pre-order the phone through the Optus Web site by Friday 24 February.

In addition to the $49 cap plan the Nokia Lumia 800 is available on $19, $29, $59 and $79 Optus cap plans, along with the $99 and $129 Optus Timeless plans. Optus customers who order the device on the $59 and $79 cap plans, or the $99 and $129 Timeless plans will receive the first two months of access for free. Optus will also sell the Lumia 800 on a range of its business plans.

Optus is the first Australian telco to release its pricing for the Lumia 800, which will also be sold on rival networks Telstra and Vodafone. Nokia officially launched the Lumia 800 last week at a media event in Sydney where it also unveiled the cheaper Lumia 710. Both Optus and Virgin Mobile will sell the Lumia 710 in Australia: Optus is offering the cheaper Lumia 710 smartphone for $0 on it's $29 cap.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Nokia smartphone to run the Microsoft powered Windows Phone platform and shares an almost identical physical design to Nokia's MeeGo-powered N9 smartphone, also sold by Optus. It has a 3.7in AMOLED display, is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It also has an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics that doubles as a 720p HD video recorder. Australian models of the Lumia 800 are available in four colours: black, blue (cyan), pink (magenta) and white.

Both the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 were unveiled globally in October last year and are the result of Nokia's decision in February 2011 to switch from Symbian to the Windows Phone platform for its core smartphones.

To see the full range of Optus plans for the Nokia Lumia 800, visit the Optus Web site.

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