Trial a Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820 or 920 for FREE for 2 weeks. Direct from Nokia
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Trial a Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820 or 920 for FREE for 2 weeks. Direct from Nokia

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Found 23rd Apr 2013
Having just posted another Lumia related freebie, I realised that there's a good chance many people will have never even heard of Nokia's 'trial a Lumia' offer.
I used it to trial a Lumia 920 ahead of purchasing a Lumia 620 (I now own an 820)...
The service itself is free - and allows you to use one of their phones for 2 weeks. I found it reall useful to be able to trial Windows Phone 8 without having to commit to purchasing it (I was a longtime Android user)
As it turns out, Nokia's decision to trial their phones is a no brainer....for me, Windows Phone's/Nokia Lumia's benefits vastly outweigh their current limitations.
If you are looking at getting a smartphone, and are unsure about Windows Phone - I'd highly recommend giving their trial a go.
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If you already own a Nokia Windows Phone 8 device, then you may get some benefit from the other freebie I posted;

hotukdeals.com/fre…061

You can download the very latest version of Nokia's Storage Check app from their beta labs. It solves the 'other' storage file issue, and also allows you to save offline map data to the SD card.

My only other gripe with Windows Phone 8 at the moment is that you can't connect a bluetooth keyboard to it (would make it a great little tool for editing Skydrive hosted MS Word documents on the go). Other than that, I'm very pleased with Nokia's efforts thus far.
I did the last trial with a Lumia 900, and really enjoyed it. Great idea that companies should do more often. Kudos to Nokia for putting the product in users hands!
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jpxdude

I did the last trial with a Lumia 900, and really enjoyed it. Great idea … I did the last trial with a Lumia 900, and really enjoyed it. Great idea that companies should do more often. Kudos to Nokia for putting the product in users hands!



I agree...and it's certainly a good way to get some word of mouth marketing. I had an Xperia Arc S prior to my various Windows Phones - I can't say I would have stuck with it had Sony offered a free trial. It was a let down almost from the get go. So I guess this 'trial a Nokia' business model only really works if the product is any good
How do we sign up?
never mind, I'm a spakker!
Forgot about the go to deal button!
registered for this a few weeks ago and still waiting to see if i can trail one. i know people are getting them, but it could be a long wait....
So you give it back after 2 weeks??? Not exactly a freebie.
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n64play

registered for this a few weeks ago and still waiting to see if i can … registered for this a few weeks ago and still waiting to see if i can trail one. i know people are getting them, but it could be a long wait....



I signed up for the trial when the Lumia 920 first came out....I received it about 2 weeks later. I guess now that Nokia are getting more mindshare, this offer is probably getting a lot more attention (hence why they ask you to try and differentiate your request from everyone else).
It's a shame they aren't getting the phones out the door quicker...hopefully they'll sort you out with one soon.
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MayingPrantis

So you give it back after 2 weeks??? Not exactly a freebie.



A quick search on google suggests mobile phone rentals cost around £10 per week;
cellhire.co.uk/pro…one

So on that basis, this is a £20 saving. More than that though, it gives you the opportunity to trial a high value item at no cost to yourself. (I don't know of any other mobile phone company that offers such a service...)

I certainly found it helpful...hopefully it will be of help to anyone else that is in the market for a Nokia smartphone.
zerospin

A quick search on google suggests mobile phone rentals cost around £10 … A quick search on google suggests mobile phone rentals cost around £10 per week;http://www.cellhire.co.uk/products/uk/phoneSo on that basis, this is a £20 saving. More than that though, it gives you the opportunity to trial a high value item at no cost to yourself. (I don't know of any other mobile phone company that offers such a service...)I certainly found it helpful...hopefully it will be of help to anyone else that is in the market for a Nokia smartphone.



I pay £10/month.... but anyway, so you have the phone for 2 weeks, use it etc and then give it back, naw I don't get it. Why should you bother??
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MayingPrantis

I pay £10/month.... but anyway, so you have the phone for 2 weeks, use it … I pay £10/month.... but anyway, so you have the phone for 2 weeks, use it etc and then give it back, naw I don't get it. Why should you bother??



Have you tried a Windows Phone? I'm going to assume not for the sake of argument. Assuming therefore that you are in the market for a new phone (and a new 24 month contract)...what possible reason would you have to ditch your current OS of choice, in favour of an up and coming one like Windows Phone?
Nokia are essentially offering you the opportunity to try out their offering, without tying yourself into a 24 month contract. The phone comes in the post, you try it for two weeks....if you don't like Windows Phone/Nokia Lumia, you send it back safe in the knowledge that you won't be paying out for 24 months on a phone that you don't even like.
What this free trial demonstrates more than anything though is that Nokia is confident in its new smartphone direction.
Those that use Windows Phone tend to like it*...so I don't really see anything wrong with Nokia offering a free trial - it gives them good exposure, and it allows us to use the very best hardware that Windows Phone has to offer;


*Windows Phone has the highest consumer satisfaction rating of any mobile OS;
pcmag.com/art…asp

[img]www8.pcmag.com/med…gif?thumb=y[/img]

Horses for courses though....this freebie isn't for everyone. Some will value it, and understandably, others may think it is pointless.
Have the Lumia 920 now, great phone!
zerospin

Have you tried a Windows Phone? I'm going to assume not for the sake of … Have you tried a Windows Phone? I'm going to assume not for the sake of argument. Assuming therefore that you are in the market for a new phone (and a new 24 month contract)...what possible reason would you have to ditch your current OS of choice, in favour of an up and coming one like Windows Phone?Nokia are essentially offering you the opportunity to try out their offering, without tying yourself into a 24 month contract. The phone comes in the post, you try it for two weeks....if you don't like Windows Phone/Nokia Lumia, you send it back safe in the knowledge that you won't be paying out for 24 months on a phone that you don't even like.What this free trial demonstrates more than anything though is that Nokia is confident in its new smartphone direction.Those that use Windows Phone tend to like it*...so I don't really see anything wrong with Nokia offering a free trial - it gives them good exposure, and it allows us to use the very best hardware that Windows Phone has to offer;*Windows Phone has the highest consumer satisfaction rating of any mobile OS;http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416521,00.asp[img]http://www8.pcmag.com/media/images/378222-mobile-operating-systems-overall-scores.gif?thumb=y[/img]Horses for courses though....this freebie isn't for everyone. Some will value it, and understandably, others may think it is pointless.



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When you send it back, is it sent back recorded delivery or something? Because it will end up getting lost in the post, and they will end up charging me??
Pixam

When you send it back, is it sent back recorded delivery or something? … When you send it back, is it sent back recorded delivery or something? Because it will end up getting lost in the post, and they will end up charging me??



Another good point...
Pixam

When you send it back, is it sent back recorded delivery or something? … When you send it back, is it sent back recorded delivery or something? Because it will end up getting lost in the post, and they will end up charging me??



I was thinking this too, because if you have to pay Postage on Return, then this isn't really a Freebie, unless they collect it from your doorstep, which I doubt.
I think this is a great idea. I've wanted to give Windows Phone a proper try, not just playing with one in Phones4u. Never been able to justify the outlay though, and none of my friends have one. I just hope it doesn't convert me, I'm quite attached to Android!
Trial Terms and Conditions

2. Triallists agree to return the device at the end of the trial period, ensuring the device will be available for collection by the courier without any unnecessary delay. It is essential that this agreement is abided by, and the device is returned at the end of the trial period so that others may have the opportunity, as you have, to trial it. You are required to follow the logistics procedure as instructed.

3. Nokia Connects will cover all delivery costs including custom charges.
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AzNDeals

I was thinking this too, because if you have to pay Postage on Return, … I was thinking this too, because if you have to pay Postage on Return, then this isn't really a Freebie, unless they collect it from your doorstep, which I doubt.



They drop it off and collect it...for free (as 'laplap' confirms in post #18). It is just a genuinely good offer, without any real strings attached.
They do give preference to those people who are likely to utilise their Lumia's in a way that creates good word of mouth - that much is entirely fair and understandable on Nokia's part.
As I said before though, I don't know of any other mobile phone company that offers such a service. I also don't know of any other mobile phone company that is developing such a complete ecosystem;

- Nokia Music (so good that I no longer use Spotify Premium) - free, or £3.99 a month for unlimited offline playlists
- Here Drive+ & Maps (fully offline turn by turn navigation and maps in 110 countries) - free.
- Here City Lens (augmented reality shops & services location app) - free
- Nokia Creative Studio (photo editing app...a good one at that) - free
- Here Transit (complete transit solutions for 670 cities in 50 countries) - free
- Photobeamer (playback your photos on any smart device that has a web browser...amazing app!) - free
- Cinemagraph - free
zerospin

They drop it off and collect it...for free (as 'laplap' confirms in post … They drop it off and collect it...for free (as 'laplap' confirms in post #18). It is just a genuinely good offer, without any real strings attached. They do give preference to those people who are likely to utilise their Lumia's in a way that creates good word of mouth - that much is entirely fair and understandable on Nokia's part.As I said before though, I don't know of any other mobile phone company that offers such a service. I also don't know of any other mobile phone company that is developing such a complete ecosystem;- Nokia Music (so good that I no longer use Spotify Premium) - free, or £3.99 a month for unlimited offline playlists- Here Drive+ & Maps (fully offline turn by turn navigation and maps in 110 countries) - free. - Here City Lens (augmented reality shops & services location app) - free- Nokia Creative Studio (photo editing app...a good one at that) - free- Here Transit (complete transit solutions for 110 cities) - free- Photobeamer (playback your photos on any smart device that has a web browser...amazing app!) - free- Cinemagraph - free



Ummmm, Google?

Don't forget they own Motorola Mobility now and cover everything you listed and way, way more.

I can understand Nokia doing it, as they're struggling and I think awareness/uptake of Windows Phone is really poor. I have gone for it, hope to get one soon!
might give it ago, thanks
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cannibalwombat

Ummmm, Google?Don't forget they own Motorola Mobility now and cover … Ummmm, Google?Don't forget they own Motorola Mobility now and cover everything you listed and way, way more.I can understand Nokia doing it, as they're struggling and I think awareness/uptake of Windows Phone is really poor. I have gone for it, hope to get one soon!



oO -- true :). I forget that Google owns Motorola!
One bug bear I have with Google is that they seem to always release half baked applications....and then build on them incrementally. For example, Google Music was (and probably still is) very, very glitchy! Google Maps would often force close on my Xperia Arc S (and it STILL doesn't have offline navigation...which makes it all but useless for navigation in many national parks).
I would put it like this; Google's offering is very 'smart' assuming you have a data connection. Once that disappears, most of the value that Google's apps offer is all but lost.
I don't have a mobile data connection on my 820. I listen to offline music playlists on Nokia Music+, search for local places using the Maps offline feature (which includes POI's), and can then navigate to the place I find....either by foot, or by car. The phone still feels smart...and that to me is where Nokia steals a march.
I'm also quite relieved that I no longer have to offer all of my data to Google. I don't think my phone connects in any way with Google.
what happens if you damage it?
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what happens if you damage it?



"4. The device must be returned to us in the same condition as when it is received. Please contact us immediately if there are any problems regarding this. All care and proper measures to protect the device from theft, damage and any other risks should be taken including ensuring that it is not left unattended or in an insecure area."

If you don't think you'll be able to look after it fully in the 2 weeks you have it, it may be an idea to pick up some cheap mobile insurance.

I reckon they'd be very reasonable about any damage though to be honest. My friend dropped my 620 down the toilet on a stag do the other week....I took it to the Nokia Care Point in our local town upon my return, expecting them to tell me there was nothing they can do. To my surprise, Nokia offered to swap it out for a brand new one for £65 (much less than half what I paid for it).
As such, I dare say they'd charge you a maximum of their absolute cost price if you were to terminally damage it. Lumia's are incredibly tough little oaks though. My g/f dropped my Lumia 820 face down onto our ceramic floor - I expected the worst, but it was fine.
LOL, Nokia must be DESPERATE to loan phones to anyone that wants one for two weeks. No wonder they're going out of business.
I hope they clean and disinfect them before handing them back out
potnoodle

I hope they clean and disinfect them before handing them back out


I thought after looking at the picture in the OP you would have got the point
Its nice for people who can't afford a real phone (Sony Xperia Z for instance), but still, I won't be taking part in this. Windows Phone 8 is a dead-end for M$, and Nokia should just give up and go away from the business.

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nickkelly

LOL, Nokia must be DESPERATE to loan phones to anyone that wants one for … LOL, Nokia must be DESPERATE to loan phones to anyone that wants one for two weeks. No wonder they're going out of business.



I disagree, if like me you tend to read user reviews that are available for any product you're looking to purchase - you want to find out if there are any issues or defects with the product. This way you get to sample the goods first hand with no worries about being tied down to a contract or hidden fees etc.

Nokia may be struggling but this seems a very smart way to try and turn things around, if you can get feedback from the consumer (I'm assuming they follow up with a feedback survey of some kind) then they could release a product that covers all the bases the consumer market wants.....win/win!

Free test drives for new products is a great idea, it's a shame more companies don't offer the same.

Nice one OP, heat gladly given (rant over!)
I used this earlier this year and ended up buying a Lumia 820 as a result.

Its a cracking idea to let people try a WP8 device free from the moronic "ZOMG ITS TERRIBADS" rants you see.

The device is couriered to you and you return it (free) by the same courier.

Its a good thing and more companies should let you try before you buy.
WOW - THIS IS FAB. HAD ALREADY DECIDED TO GET ONE OF THESE WHEN MY CONTRACT EXPIRES IN A MONTH OR SO, BUT THIS WILL BE USEFUL! PRICES ON LUMIAS ARE REALLY COMING DOWN NOW. THANKS FOR POSTING!
What happens if you lose it?
This is a great deal, let's see, although I don't like the last question!

"Here is where you share your idea. Please tell us about it in detail!"
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AdyCarter

"ZOMG ITS TERRIBADS"



I like your turn of phrase
With regards to this thread, it would be nice if people chose to learn about things rather than just slating them. I know people get pretty caught up in their technology - but I posted this freebie as it helped me in making my decision to move away from Android (at least for the time being).
There are a few areas where Windows Phone/Nokia need to catch up...but overall, I am far happier/less confused using my Lumia 820 than the Xperia Arc S or the Galaxy Note 2 that preceded it. Also, it is nice that Microsoft force companies to adopt their minimum hardware standards. Whether you buy a Lumia 520 for £95, or a Lumia 920 for £400 - you are going to get a butter smooth OS. You need to spend a minimum of £200 on Android to be able to claim the same thing,

As for those that think Microsoft is heading down a dead end...
They have the best corporate package going (Office integration, One Note, Exchange server email access, Lync integration, always on Skype)...there are currently more business related apps being made for Windows Phone than for any other mobile OS.
& on the consumer front, they have nearly all the major apps that other platforms have (aside from Instagram)...along with the highest user satisfaction rate of any OS. It would be wrong to count Microsoft out of this game; after all, most of us are using Windows computers...
They know what they are doing when it comes to making an OS - where they let themselves down is in their marketing. & to that end, such offers as this one from Nokia plug the gap quite nicely.
Not a guarantee. I filled this in a month or two back with a really nice, personalised idea. Got nothing back from Nokia, its a great idea in principle but if they dont follow it up, it has had the opposite effect on my opinion of Nokia customer care. Shame, had some good experiences with them previously.
We got my mum a 620, her first smartphone. I myself stick with iOS ad Android but I was so impressed with Windows8 + Nokia. It's really beaten my expectations. The only downfall I've seen, and I guess it's a big one, the app store is nothing compared to Apple's and Google's.
nickkelly

LOL, Nokia must be DESPERATE to loan phones to anyone that wants one for … LOL, Nokia must be DESPERATE to loan phones to anyone that wants one for two weeks. No wonder they're going out of business.

Not going out of business. On the contrary, took too long, but Nokia's windows phone IS starting to cut into Droid and iPhone sales
AdzyUK

Its nice for people who can't afford a real phone (Sony Xperia Z for … Its nice for people who can't afford a real phone (Sony Xperia Z for instance).

So - you were one of those daft enough to fall for all the hype !
Tried HTC Mozart window phone in past. Didn't like it much but might give this lumia a try.
Thanks for posting op.
On a side note, feel sad that Nokia CEO only went for windows. They should have done both window and android like HTC , Samsung and others. Its a gamble he took which could have destroyed the company if not their sale/profit. I remember some of their great phone I have used - Nokia n95, Nokia 5230, ...
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Tried HTC Mozart window phone in past. Didn't like it much but might give this lumia a try.
Thanks for posting op.
On a side note, feel sad that Nokia CEO only went for Nokia. They should have done both window and android like HTC , Samsung and others. Its a gamble he took which could have destroyed the company if not their sale/profit. I remember some of their great phone I have used - Nokia n95, Nokia 5230, ...
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