Re-Tales: Deal makers (13/07/09)



For those saving the pennies, T-Mobile has a web exclusive giving customers a 10 per cent discount on Combi plans of £35 and above. The Nokia 6700 and LG Arena are available on an 18-month contract with unlimited texts and 800 minutes for £31.50 per month instead of £35.

On the laptop front, T-Mobile has the new HP 6735s on offer with “superfast” mobile broadband of up to 4.5 Mbps. It’s available on a 24-month £30 deal with a free dongle. The laptop has a 15.4 inch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and DVD-RW drive and 160GB hard drive with 1GB memory.


The Nokia N97 32GB is available for free on tariffs of £40 and above. It comes with free Nokia MD08 speakers, a five-megapixel camera, built in GPS navigation and expandable memory up to 48GB. It’s free on the £40 24-month contract which comes with 1,200 minutes and unlimited texts.

Vodafone is also continuing to preach the fact it’s “abolished roaming charges in summer in 35 countries across Europe” from June 1 to August 31. Customers with Vodafone passport automatically get the deal while others can opt in for the service by texting ‘PASSPORT’ to 2345 on prepay or 97888 on contract.


Looking for some portable gaming fun? A wide range of handsets are available for free on £25 per month tariffs and above with a free Nintendo DSi thrown in for good measure. Included in the deal are the Sony Ericsson T303i, C510, W303, W595, LG KP500 Cookie, KU990 Viewty Lite, Nokia 2680, 6300 and Samsung J700.

If gaming doesn’t appeal, a webbook is available for free on 18-month  £35 contracts on O2 and Orange with a Nokia 6300 or Samsung J700 handset. The webbook weighs 1.3 kg and has a 10.2 inch widescreen with a Windows XP operating system.

Phones 4U

Phones 4U is preaching less is more by offering the pretty basic Samsung U600i for free for nine months on a Vodafone 12-month contract. The Vodafone Your Plan Text 30 offers 100 minutes 500 texts. The deal is available through redemption of £270. Also by redemption of £270 is the Samsung Tocco Lite on an Orange 18-month contract. It’s available on Raccoon 30 which comes with 400 minutes and 300 texts.


Customers interested in an Orange contract can get a third knocked off their line rental via Dialaphone’s website when signing up to the Dolphin 30 tariff. It comes with 400 minutes and unlimited text and is priced down from £30 to £20. It is also lowering the price of Vodafone Text 35 and 40 tariffs. Text 35 comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts and is down from £35 to 325 per month while Text 40 is down from £40 to £30 which comes with 600 minutes and unlimited test messages. 

For customers who think O2 is more of a deal breaker,  Dialaphone has a 25 per cent discount on the O2 600 Bonus tariff which is usually priced at £35 per month. It comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts at £25.


On prepay, Orange is offering a thank you to customers willing to ditch their existing tariff for Orange by offering £10 free credit when they switch. On contract, customers can get a free Samsung WEP-210 Bluetooth headset is given away with the Samsung S560 black it has a 3.15 megapixel camera, and EDGE.