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



At press, Expansys was offering the Glofish M810 Windows Mobile 6 smartphone for £159.99 and the HTC Magic Android smartphone for £329.99, both SIM-free. Among other accessories and sundries it highlights are the GlobalSat BU-353 WaterProof USB GPS Receiver for £33.99, the GEAR4 BlackBox Bluetooth Stereo Speaker System for £49.99, the TomTom ONE Classic In-Car SatNav V4 with UK and Ireland Maps for £104.99 and an Intel X18-M 80GB 1.8-inch SATA Solid State Drive for £149.99.


Dixons Stores Group’s online mobile channel was doing a good line in free gifts last week, as Q4 looms. Free flatscreen TVs were available with a range of 3 £35 ‘Texter’ contracts or £27 ‘Mix ‘n’ Match 1,100′ deals. A range of laptops were available ‘free’ on a range of Vodafone, T-Mobile and 3 mobile broadband deals. Playstation 3 80GB consoles were being bundled, again, with 3 £35 ‘Texter’ deals. Shows which network is paying best, at present.


Tesco is adding 500 Clubcard points to customers’ next statements when they buy any Tesco Mobile phone, which ranges from the Nokia 1208 at £17.97 to the Sony Ericsson C510 and Samsung Tocco Lite at £109.97. It’s also pushing its new ‘unlimited’ offer heavily, which gives customers unlimited calls, texts and browsing for £30 a month. Also being pushed is its triple credit offer, whereby customers will receive an additional £30 of credit when they top up by £15 and an additional £40 of credit when they topup by £20. Samsung phones seem to be popular at the retailer at the moment too – three Samsung models make up Tesco’s highest selling phones at present. The S700 charcoal at £54.97 and the C3050 at £39.97 come in just behind the S3500 at £69.97.


The Nokia N97 in white is exclusive to Phones 4U. It is free on the £40 a month, 24-month Orange Dolphin contract, complete with 1,200 minutes, 3,000 texts, free web browsing and the use of a ‘magic number’. The retailer has also selected three handsets to have £10 taken off the monthly line rental: the Sony Ericsson W995 is now £25 on Orange, the Samsung Tocco is now £25 on Vodafone and the Samsung Jet is now £30 on Vodafone. All come with 600 minutes and 3,000 texts. The Samsung Jet deal is a web exclusive. On prepay, a Samsung Tocco Lite is £97.80 with £10 of Orange top-up, while the Nokia 1661 is £9.75 with £10 Virgin Mobile top-up.


Dial-a-Phone is still chucking money behind Vodafone – £120 cashback on £40 24-month deals, with a free Nokia N97. The Samsung Pixon12, BlackBerry Storm, pink Sony Ericsson C905, HTC Magic, Samsung Jet are among others attracting big (£100) cashback redemption. It is also offering 25 per cent off line rental with O2 (600 minutes, down to £25 per month) and Vodafone (Text 35, down to £25), and 33 per cent off Orange (Dolphin 30, down to £20).


Carphone Warehouse has this month exclusively launched the new touchscreen LG GD900 Crystal handset in silver, which includes a first ever transparent keyboard. It also boasts an eight-megapixel camera and has 1.5GB internal memory, with additional memory available via Micro SD. Customers can take the device for free when signing up to a two-year deal on Vodafone for £25 per month, which includes 300 anytime any network minutes as well as unlimited text messages. Carphone has also slashed the price of the prepay Sony Ericsson W395 handset by half (now £79.95) when purchased on T-Mobile with £10 of airtime. The handset includes a two-megapixel camera, MP3 and FM radio. Carphone has also reduced the Nokia 6303 handset by £20 on Virgin and by £10 on O2.