Nokia Lumia 800 Open Box

Nokia's much-anticipated debut Windows Phone handset is available to purchase from stores in the U.K. today.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is arguably the Finnish company's most exciting smartphone up to this point, and it will be hoping that the device's striking good looks and impressive specifications will be enough to claw back some of that market share that it has been losing to the iPhone and Android devices.

If you're hoping to get your hands on the device today, you can find it in both Three and Vodafone stores nationwide. It's worth noting before you venture out, however, that only the black model is currently selling; the cyan (blue) device is available to pre-order for a December launch, while the magenta (pink) version will be available next year, according to previous reports.

Early adopters can expect to grab the handset for free on a two-year contract, with prices starting at £36 (approx. $56.78) per month on Vodafone, with a 500MB data allowance; or from £37 (approx. $58.36) per month on Three, with unlimited data. The latter of those two deals certainly seems like the most suitable if you're planning to do a lot of browsing, streaming, and downloading.

Those hoping to grab the device SIM-free may have to wait until next year. While Nokia did promise that the device would launch at the same time as its carrier-locked models, there's no signs of a SIM-free model in U.K. stores just yet. And SlashGear believes we may be waiting until January 2012.

If you do pick up the Nokia Lumia 800 in the U.K. today, I'd love to hear what you think about Nokia's first Windows Phone handset. Leave me a comment down below once you've had chance to test it out.

Will you be picking up the Lumia 800 today? If you're unsure, why not see if our review can help you decide.

[via SlashGear]