Nokia is planning to issue a software update to its Lumia 800 Windows Phone shortly.
The software update will enable the Internet Sharing feature of Windows Phone 7.5. Nokia’s Lumia 800 device does not currently support the feature out of the box but a Nokia spokesperson confirmed to WinRumors on Wednesday that the company is working “diligently” to change that:
“Microsoft takes very seriously meeting (and exceeding) the requirements outlined by agencies such as the FCC in the USA. They felt it was really important to fully address the concerns raised by recent FCC regulations before enabling this feature and are optimistic they can deliver on these requirements though a software update and are working diligently on that now.”
Nokia also took the opportunity to address concerns at the lack of NFC, dual-SIM and forward facing support on its Lumia 800 device:
“Our ambition is to create the best possible consumer experience, based on the capabilities of the platform and what we believe offers a genuine opportunity to bring value to Nokia users everyday. It is possible to cram a phone with features that users don’t want or use and the end result is a compromise somewhere else, in cost, size or absence of alternative features. For features not currently supported by Windows Phone such as NFC or dual SIM we are working with our partner Microsoft to determine the top priorities for future iterations of the platform.”
Nokia’s Lumia 800 device will be available in European markets on November 16. Nokia’s Lumia 800 is expected to be priced at £399 on various Pay As You Go (PAYG) packages in the UK. Orange will offer the Lumia on a range of packages and according to one source familiar with Orange’s plans, the Lumia 800 will be offered at £36 per month with either 900 minutes and unlimited texts and 250MB of data or 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. The device will be offered free on this contract.Existing Orange customers will also be offered a free Xbox console if they upgrade their current contract. The Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in the color black initially with Cyan and Magneta colors to follow shortly afterwards.