have announced today that they have started to sell the budget phone in the Lumia range, the . Now, this phone has less memory, and hence can’t run some of the multitasking features we all expect from Windows Phone; in particular, the doesn’t support background tasks (especially those taking more than 90MB), fast app switching or live tiles updates (these mainly require background tasks). However, it’s available for £28 per month on the (24 month contract, but includes AYCE data and tethering support), or just £150 on PAYG, and this makes it a nice budget phone, unless you are a real power user.
Of course, theis £200 on PAYG (or £32 per month on the ), and that may well work out better value in the long run; the does have touch buttons, whereas the has real buttons (that’s a personal preference) but with the Lumia 710 supporting the full range of Windows Phone 7 features (and the new firmware that shipped last week adds the flip-to-silence and tethering options sorely missed on it), it does appear an overall better option.
However, another way of looking at it; what other device can you buy for £150 which offers free offline satnav features (Nokia Drive), free offline music (Nokia Mix Radio), and free public transport information (Nokia Transport, where data is available), and if bought on thecan be used to provide you unlimited data for your other wifi devices, such as your tablet and PC?
If interested, head over to thewebsite, where you can now purchase the phone, or, if you prefer, buy the .