I am starting a new thread here, as it will probably be of more interest to UK customers.
At the moment, several on-line resellers have announced pre-order prices, and estimated delivery dates for the N8, where all prices are inclusive of VAT, but do not include any possible delivery or carriage charges. These are as follows (starting with the lowest price); were correct as at 14:00 (U.K. time) on Friday 3rd September 2010, (but have since been updated) and are taken directly from the websites of the companies concerned. They have been rounded (up or down) to the nearest pound.
Amazon - Currently only available from third-part sellers at silly prices!
Mobile Fun - £400 - Release Date 2nd November
Clove Technology - £400 - First stock due 2nd week of November
Handtec - £398 - Currently available & in stock
Expansys - £419 - Due Saturday 13th November
Play.com - £420 - Due for release on 12th November
Nokia (direct sales) - £429 - Currently available & in stock
Quite a wide spread of dates there, so… what can we deduce from this?
There have been reports that at least one of the above mentioned companies has previously sold what can best be described as ‘grey imports’ here in the UK, which they have purchased from sources other than Nokia’s office supply channels… possibly from another EU country.
Also, the returns polices will obviously vary from company to company, which might be important if, for any reason, the buyer is not completely satisfied with their purchase.
As tempting as it is to place a pre-order (at this stage anyway), with Mobile Fun, my personal inclination is to stick with Nokia, once they do eventually release a firm price.
What do others think?
By the way, I am not looking at any possible alternative phones here… just the Nokia N8!