While the phones themselves won’t be getting Windows Phone 8 and are being relegated to maintenance status after the still forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7.8, they still make for perfect backup/alternate devices as they still have access to Nokia’s Maps/Drive/Here mapping and navigation service, as well as featuring above average camera hardware, owing to its long association with optics company Carl Zeiss.
Since the phones are also unlocked, they can be used on site favorite StraightTalk’s BYOD service and T-Mobile prepaid, owing to the latter’s network reconfiguration that allows for HSPA+ access on the 1900 MHz band. Below are the key specifications and features.
- Unlocked: Can be used on any GSM network, including AT&T and T-Mobile
- 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen and polycarbonate body
- Supports 4G LTE wireless speeds (with supported plan and carrier)
- 1.4-gigahertz Qualcomm CPU and 512 megabytes of SDRAM
- Windows Phone 7.5 operating system
- 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash
- 1-megapixel front-facing camera
- Up to 7 hours talk time; 300 hours of standby time (on 3G)
- Social-media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
- Dimensions: 5.03?x2.7?x0.45?; 0.35 pound