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Nokia Lumia 625, 925, 1020 and 1520 bag you £20 for apps

Choose from one of four Windows Phone Nokia Lumia phones in the next month or so to stock up on £20 of free apps.

Nokia is handing out twenty quid to spend on apps if you buy a new Nokia Lumia phone. Choose from one of four Windows Phone phones in the next month or so to stock up on free apps.

You get the £20 to spend when you buy a Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, Lumia 625, or Lumia 925, on pay monthly contract or pay as you go, on any network.

The 6-inch 1520 is Nokia's first phablet, while the 1020 is Nokia's 41-megapixel monster camera phone. The 4.7-inch 625 is Nokia's biggest phone, with 4G on board, and the 925 is Nokia's first metal phone. 

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To take advantage of the deal, you need to buy your new Lumia before 15th of January 2014. Once redeemed, you have 180 days to spend your app cash.

To claim your cash, activate your new phone and head to to claim a unique gift code, which you then enter into the Wallet app on the phone to credit your account. You need a Nokia account to claim your money.

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Apps have long been Windows Phone's achilles heel, with an 'app gap' due to the vicious circle between developers and consumers: developers are reluctant to make apps for a platform that nobody's buying, but phone fans are reluctant to buy a platform with no apps. The situation is improving though with big names like Instagram, Spotify, and WhatsApp making their way to Windows. And Microsoft's operating system has overtaken BlackBerry as third place platform behind Android and the iPhone, with recent encouraging improvement in sales for Nokia Lumia phones in the US.

Is Windows Phone catching up to Android and the iPhone? Which are your essential apps? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook wall.