The first Nokia Windows Phone, Lumia 800 is not available in very many countries yet. Nokia is not shipping it in Finland yet, and they haven’t sent test devices for media even today. So I got tire of waiting and ordered the device from Germany.
I used a German online store comtech.de which is now selling Lumia 800 for 439 euros plus some shipping costs. I paid using my credit card connected with my Amazon.co.uk account. They seem to ship to 24 countries in addition to Germany. The store is in German, but you only have to know a few German words (start by clicking ‘jetzt kaufen’, buy now). Unfortunately only the black colour seemed to be available.
I ordered it online on Monday last week, and it was on my home front door on Friday. I wasn’t at home, since I was at work, and DHL once again didn’t bother to call me. Don’t they ever learn?. So I finally got it on Monday.
The black Lumia 800 I received is a device tailored for T-Mobile. That means the T-Mobile logo will show during the boot for a few seconds. The initial language is German, you can change it to one of those almost 20 languages WP Mango supports at the moment.
Amazon.de also seems to sell Lumia 800 now, but I haven’t confirmed how many countries they ship to.
The device also comes pre-installed with some T-Mobile apps and services in German language which don’t even seem to work with my Finnish SIM card. That’s not a problem, because you can easily remove them. I’ve now used this for almost two days without any problems.
However, I had a bit hassle with the Windows Live ID. Microsoft has limited the amount of mobile devices connected to a Live account to five devices. As I test many devices, I have had five different WP smartphones. I removed those old devices on WindowsPhone.com, but that didn’t seem to be enough. WP notified I need to install the Zune client for Windows and remove the old devices there. The Mac client for WP I’m using does not support this. I solved this by creating a new Live ID with a new e-mail alias. I also had to reset Lumia 800 to factory default settings.
Of course, this hassle is not Nokia’s fault. However, this Live ID account limitation is good to remember if you play with many WP devices.
A few of my friends have order Lumia 800 from Germany too, because even many developers interested in the Windows Phone platform haven’t been able to get this device from Nokia yet. I hope the situation will improve quickly, as there aren’t very many Finnish apps or services on the WP Marketplace yet.