You may not know this but Nokia is currently the third biggest supplier of handsets in the UK, after Apple and Samsung, beating out its competition by offering comparably affordable smartphones. With so many models on the market, it can be difficult to know whether you’re making the right choice. Our guide to the best Nokia phone deals means you can be sure that you will find the best one, most suited to your needs.

Brand History

Nokia was founded in 1865 and the headquarters remain in its native Finland. As you can imagine, when the company originally came to be, it had absolutely nothing to do with mobile phones! At first it was a pulp mill, later moving into electricity generation and eventually rubber manufacturing.  In 1970 the company began working with the Finish military, making military equipment like gas masks and professional mobile radios and telephones.

In 1982 Nokia launched the first mobile ‘carphone’ but had little to no interest in developing this idea further into personal mobile phones for the wider public, perceiving them to be far too futuristic for the average consumer.

A decade later, in 1992, the Nokia 1011 model became the first commercially available mobile phone.  

Brand Evolution

In recent years, Nokia has had a fair share of market wins and losses. In 2013, as Apple was conquering consumers with its offerings and Google injected cash into Android, Nokia still operated outmoded Symbian software, positioning itself miles behind its competitors. This had a devastating effect on the business; 2007 saw Nokia dominate the smartphone market with a share of 50.8% which dropped to a mere 3.1% by 2013. Still, with a range of rebranding and redesign efforts, Nokia promised they would make a comeback. 

Brand USP

Nokia’s USP is undeniably brand recognition. For many consumers, especially those over 35, Nokia is synonymous with mobile phones, as it was likely to have been the making of their first one. It has a reputation for being reliable and durable, with many still wistfully lamenting the battery life and the supposed indestructibility of Nokia’s first models - especially when compared to the fragile nature of many modern smartphones.

Iconic Nokia Models

  • Nokia 1011 (1992): measuring almost 20cm long with an extendable antenna, this would become the model that all future phones would try to improve upon.
  • Nokia 3310 (2000): this sold close to 130 million units worldwide and became known for its superhero-like durability, with many comparing it to a brick.
  • Nokia 7600 (2004): resembling a Tamagotchi, with a similarly limited number of functions, this was a great example of how the mobile was seen as a bit of a trendy novelty, compared to the life-essential device of today; shaped like a teardrop it was supposed to appeal to those looking for something quirky.
  • Nokia N90 (2005): launched as one of three glitzy N-series phones, this model looked like a camcorder with an extendable and rotating screen functions, encouraging its users to get creative.
  • Nokia Lumia 1020 (2013): many consider this to be the best camera phone ever made, with its 41MB PureView camera and decent Windows OS, this was the last ever flagship device before the company’s sale to Windows.

Current Phones Available

Read on to discover Nokia phone prices and specifications, available in a range of styles, from redesigned oldies to high-end smartphones.

Nokia 8

  • This sleek-looking phone is cheaper than most Android models and is a great smartphone alternative for those not willing to compromise on style.
  • 13MP rear camera, 64GB storage, 5.3” Quad HD display
  • Android Nougat 7 OS
  • £349.99, pay as you go
  • Contract £15.00 per month, £108.00 upfront cost

Nokia 6

  • A solid mid-range smartphone with a compact body and a two-tone design crafted from a single aluminium block, great for everyday use.
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 32GB storage, 5.5” LCD screen
  • Android One OS
  • £229.99, pay as you go
  • Contract from £15.00 per month, £19.99 upfront cost

Nokia 5

  • Another mid-range device with excellent performance and fantastic design that compromises slightly on display quality.
  • 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 16GB storage, 5.2” Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • Android Nougat 7 OS
  • £149.99, pay as you go
  • Contract from £13.99 per month, no upfront cost

Nokia 8 Sirocco

  • A high-end model to rival handsets from the biggest competitors, with a price point that reflects the model’s ambitions, elegantly slim and crafted from a single piece of stainless steel.
  • 12MP rear camera, 12MP front camera, 128GB storage, 5.5” GHD OLED display
  • Android One OS
  • £649.00, pay as you go
  • Contract from £47.00 per month, £49.99 upfront cost

Nokia 3310

  • If you’re nostalgic for how things once were then this take on an ‘oldie’ handset is for you, bereft of most smartphone features but equipped with amazing battery life, and even Snake!
  • 2MP rear camera, 64MB storage, 2.4” polarised display
  • £39.95, pay as you go

Nokia 3

  • It’s difficult to believe that a phone at this price point looks quite as good, however, it’s let down by slow speed and a less-than-ideal camera quality, which should be considered carefully before buying.
  • 8MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, 16GB, 5” Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • Android Nougat OS
  • £129.95, pay as you go
  • Contract from £11.99 per month, no upfront cost

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