Prices for HTC Windows Phone 8 X leak out on Three

HTC's flagship Windows Phone 8 handset, its first for the UK, looks like it will cost less than £30 on some two-year contracts with the British operator.

Pricing details for HTC's flagship Windows Phone 8 X handset on the Three network have leaked in the UK, revealing that the device will be available from just £29 up front, on qualifying contracts.


According to GSMArena's "anonymous source at Three UK", the device will be offered on a range of contracts including the 'Essential Internet' options and Three's unlimited data 'One Plan', with up-front costs starting from £29 on a £30 per month two-year deal.

The Windows Phone 8 X also looks like it will be available on pay-as-you-go for £350, when taken with a £10 top-up.

The release date for the handset has not yet been revealed by Three or HTC, but Amazon UK gives it as 8 November. The GSMArena report states a release date one week later, on 15 November, but does not cite a source for this.

Three told ZDNet on Friday that it does not have any information to share, aside from confirming it will offer the phone.

The Windows Phone 8 X will arrive with a 4.3-inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It also has 16GB of internal storage, although there is no support for microSD expansion. It's comparable to Nokia's second-string Lumia 820, as it has the same size screen, the same kind of processor, and the same RAM. Also, the Lumia 820 has less storage (8GB) but supports microSD, unlike the HTC handset.

Details on how much the slightly lower-specced Windows Phone 8S by HTC will cost were not available at the time of writing.