Nokia's mid-range Lumia 720 is now available in the UK for customers looking for a solid smartphone on the cheap.

The Lumia 720 has locked O2 in the UK as its exclusive carrier. If you're interested in signing a contract and just want to buy the phone pre-paid, the 720 is available for a measly £299.99, shipping from 8 April.

Better yet, if you don't mind signing up for two years, you can get the Lumia 720 at no cost at O2. The handset features a 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, expandable memory, and 6.7-megapixel camera sensor.

We got our first look at the Lumia 720 at Mobile World Congress 2013 in late-February. As we noted, the Nokia Lumia 720 is a cheaper Nokia Lumia 820. Of course there are differences: the Lumia 720 isn't as powerful, doesn't have as big a battery, nor LTE capabilities.

Even though there are a few missing features, the Lumia 720 wouldn't make for a bad device. In fact you could easily see the 720 as a simple update to the Lumia 800, the first Lumia phone Nokia announced back in 2011.

Past the UK, the 720 is available for pre-order in Australia, Italy, Russia, and a number of other European and Asian markets. Wider availability is expected later this month - even on Verizon in the US at some point. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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