Re-Tales: Deal makers (27/07/09)


The retailer which preaches ‘impartial advice’ is partial to certain handsets in its favourites range. It promotes the Nokia N97, Sony Ericsson W995, Samsung Jet and Nokia 6700. The Nokia N97 is on a web exclusive offer on Orange with 900 minutes and unlimited texts on a 24-month contract for £35 per month. Favouritism is also shown in the prepay ‘best buy’ range as it boasts cut price deals on the Sony Ericsson W350i priced at £29.95, LG KS360 at £69.95, LG Cookie at £77.95 and W980i at £99.95.

Phones 4U is sporting a new website with monthly contract ‘heroes’ and prepay ‘hotshots’. This month’s heroes are the Nokia N97 white, Samsung Tocco (which comes with a free PlayStation 3), Sony Ericsson W995 8 megapixel camera phone, Nokia 5800 Xpress, Samsung Pixon, and HTC Touch Pro2. On the prepay side, hotshots this month are the Samsung Tocco Lite, Nokia 2330 and LG Cookie.

Customers looking for entertainment on the go can get a free Phillips portable DVD player which is thrown in with the LG Cookie Silver on 18 and 24-month contracts priced at £25 and above. On prepay, Orange is promoting its Dolphin tariff  which sees the Sony Ericsson W302 on o  er at £49 with free butterfly speakers. The Nokia 7310 Supernova can be snapped up for £39 with free Orange Vibe Bluetooth headset as well.

eXpansys is promoting the range of Acer handsets at cut prices. The megasecurity phone, the Acer M900 Tempo has £90 knocked o  the price at £369.99. The M900 sports a 3.8 inch WVGA screen, Windows Mobile 6.1 and slideout keyboard. The Acer F900 Tempo HD which has a 3.8 inch WVGA touch screen, is down by £80 to £319.99 and the 2.8 inch TFT-LCD screen Windows Mobile 6.1 Acer Tempo X960 is £234.99 down from £319.99.

Vodafone has a wide variety of offers it’s pitching to would-be customers. The Nokia 5800 has a “whopping” £175 knocked o  the price with 10 months half price line rental. It comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts, usually priced at £35 on 18-month deals. The Sony Ericsson W595 has the Nintendo Wii with Guitar Hero World Tour game bundled in on a 24-month contract. The twanging deal comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts for £35 per month.

Fonehouse has waved its magic wand to provide a bargain on the HTC Magic. It is free on Vodafone Your Plan £40 with 700 minutes, 250 text messages and unlimited mobile internet 18-month contract. Oddly enough, for the same price on Vodafone the Magic is available with 600 minutes and unlimited texts. The Sony Ericsson W995 is on o  er on T-Mobile Flext 40 for £40 per month with £225 credit on an 18-month deal. Or, for gamers, the Samsung Tocco Lite on T-Mobile Combi 30 comes with a free Nintendo DS Lite handheld console. Priced at £30 per month on an 18-month contract, customers get 700 minutes and unlimited texts chucked in.

The Sony Ericsson C510 Black is on o  er with a 25 per cent discount per month. Customers can now get the handset for £15.75 on the Mix & Match 700 plan which comes with 700 units of minutes or text messages. The 18-month contract also has free Skype-to-Skype calls.