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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Telco Price Plan Comparisons

Nokia Lumia 820 Price Plan Comparison

Nokia Lumia 820 Price Plan Comparison

 

Phone Specs Comparison

Device

Nokia Lumia 820

Huawei Ascend P1

Apple iPhone 5
(16GB)

Sony Xperia V

OS Windows Phone 8 Android 4.0 Apple iOS 6 Android 4.0
Processor 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
dual-core processor
TI OMAP 4460 dual-core 1.5GHz processor  A6 dual-core 1GHz 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
dual-core processor
RAM 1GB 1GB RAM 1GB 1GB
Storage 8GB mass memory
(microSD memory card support and
7GB free SkyDrive storage)
4GB internal memory microSD support up to 32GB) 16GB built-in
memory

5GB free iCloud storage

8GB internal storage
MicroSD slot (up to 32GB)
Display 4.3 inch ClearBlack OLED 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display 4-inch IPS TFT 4.3-inch TFT HD Reality Display, Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Resolution 1280 x 768 pixels / 217ppi 960 x 540 pixels / 256ppi 1136 x 640 pixels / 326ppi 1280 x 720 pixels / 342ppi
Camera Rear Camera: 8-megapixel / Auto Focus with Carl Zeiss optics / Dual LED flash / Full HD 1080p video capture

Front Camera: VGA resolution
Rear camera: 8-megapixel camera / Autofocus / BSI

Front camera: 1.3-megapixel  
Rear camera: 8-megapixel / 1080p HD video capture

Front camera: FaceTime HD camera
Rear camera: 8-megapixel with auto focus camera / LED flash / Zero Shutter Lag / BSI / F2.6

Front camera: VGA 
Battery 1650mAh
(with integrated Qi wireless charging)
1670mAh 1440mAh 1750mAh
Dimensions 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm 129 x 64.8 x 7.69mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm 129 x 65 x 10.7mm
Weight 160g 130g 112g 120g
Recommended Retail Price $699 S$648 $948 $698
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1. Do note that the contract pricing is based on this week's promo which is valid from 8th to 14th December 2012. Prices may change thereafter.

2. Other miscellaneous costs such as early re-contract fees, SIM card charges and registration fees are not included in this table.

 

Telco Basic Plans Comparison
 

Data Plan M1 SingTel StarHub
Name iPhone Value+ / ValueSurf+ Flexi Lite SmartSurf iPhone Lite / Smartsurf Lite
Monthly Subscription $36 / $39 $39.90 $38
Local Outgoing Mins 100 / 120 100 100
Local SMS 600 800 800
Local Data Bundle 2GB 2GB 2GB
Phone Contract Prices
Nokia Lumia 820 $348 $218 $248
Huawei Ascend P1 $48 N.A $48
Apple iPhone 5 $430 $478 $473
Sony Xperia V $298 $198 $198

 

Telco Mid-Tier Plans Comparison
 

Data Plan M1 SingTel StarHub
Name iPhone Lite+ / LiteSurf+ Flexi Value SmartSurf iPhone Value / SmartSurf Value
Monthly Subscription $56 / $59 $59.90 $58
Local Outgoing Mins 300 200 300
Local SMS 800 900 900
Local Data Bundle 3GB 3GB 4GB
Phone Contract Prices
Nokia Lumia 820 $248 $48 $148
Huawei Ascend P1 $0 N.A $0
Apple iPhone 5 $190 $198 $233
Sony Xperia V $198 $98 $98

 

Telco High-Tier Plans Comparison
 

Data Plan M1 SingTel StarHub
Name iPhone Extreme+ / ExtremeSurf+ Flexi Plus SmartSurf iPhone Premium / SmartSurf Premium
Monthly Subscription $98 $99.90 $98
Local Outgoing Mins 700 500 700
Local SMS 1,000 1,000 1,000
Local Data Bundle 5GB 4GB 6GB
Phone Contract Prices
Nokia Lumia 820 $148 $0 $0
Huawei Ascend P1 $0 N.A $0
Apple iPhone 5 $0 $0 $0
Sony Xperia V $98 $0 $0

   

Telco Premium Plans Comparison
 

Data Plan M1 SingTel StarHub
Name iPhone Max+ / MaxSurf+ Flexi Premium SmartSurf iPhone Elite / SmartSurf Premium
Monthly Subscription $198 $205 $205
Local Outgoing Mins Unlimited 2,000 2,000
Local SMS 2,000 2,500 2,500
Local Data Bundle 12GB 12GB 12GB
Phone Contract Prices
Nokia Lumia 820 $148 $0 $0
Huawei Ascend P1 $0 N.A $0
Apple iPhone 5 $0 $0 $0
Sony Xperia V $98 $0 $0

 

Price Comparison Analysis

For the Nokia Lumia 820, the decision is a little more tricky: 

  • Basic plan subscription: StarHub

    (SH: $1,160 vs. ST: $1,175.60 over a two-year contract)
     
  • Mid-tier plan subscription: SingTel

    (ST: $1,485.60 vs. SH: $1,540 over a two-year contract)
     
  • High-tier plan subscription: StarHub

    (SH:$2,352 vs. ST: $2,397.60 over a two-year contract)
     
  • Premium-tier subscription: M1

    (M1: $4,900 vs. ST/SH: $4,920 over a two-year contract)


For more information on the different phones, hit the links below to the respective reviews and articles: 

If you are considering to get a mid-range smartphone and not in an hurry to get one this weekend, we recommend you wait for the telcos to carry the Windows Phone 8S by HTC and HTC One SV.