Re-Tales: Deal Makers (07/06/10)


Samsung’s first handset to be based on its own ‘bada’ platform, the Wave, is being heavily promoted at Carphone with the tag line ‘Wave hello to our latest exclusive’. The phone is available exclusively in black at Carphone and is free on a £20 a month Vodafone contract over 24 months, offering 500 texts and 100 minutes. The Wave comes with access to an application store as well as a 3.3-inch AMOLED screen and 1GHz processor.

Carphone continues to promote free LCD televisions with particular contract deals. Customers that opt for a free Samsung C3050 on a 24-month Vodafone contract offering 300 minutes and unlimited texts will also bag themselves a free 32-inch Sony set.

Free Ovi Maps on a number of Nokia smartphones are pushed at Phones 4U, including the E72 handset for free on an 18-month contract with O2, offering 100 minutes and 3,000 texts.

The ‘Deal of the week’ at Phones 4U is the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in white on a £30 a month Vodafone contract over 24 months, offering 300 minutes and 3,000 texts. Customers signing up to this will also get 12 months half price line rental and unlimited BlackBerry Email.

T-Mobile’s ‘Night In’ is being heavily pushed along with offers on T-Mobile’s smartphone range. T-Mobile says: “Who would you invite with one of our great smartphones? Free from £20 a month.” These include a range of BlackBerrydevices – the Bold 9700, Storm2 and Curve 8520.

The T-Mobile Pulse Mini and Curve 8520 are also being pushed on prepay, offering free texts for life and six months free internet. The Pulse Mini is being sold for £99.99 and the Curve 8520 for £149.99. Both come with a £10 top-up to get customers started.

Laptop packages are featured from £17.50 a month, with the Dell Mini 1012 taking centre stage, offering 1GB monthly data allowance. The Mini 1012 comes with a 10.1-inch high-definition display, Windows 7 and 1GB of RAM. A free ZTE MF112 Black USB Modem is also included in the deal.

Three is now promoting its iPad data plans. There are two one-month rolling contracts available – paying £7.50 a month gives you a 1GB data allowance whilst you get a 10GB data allowance by paying £15.

There is a special o¦ er on the Orange Miami, which is available in either black or pink. It costs £49 on prepay and customers signing up to the Monkey tariff, which Orange says “gives access to hundreds of thousands of tracks,” will get a voucher for a free speaker. However Orange warns: “But get moving. Once the speakers are gone – they’re gone.”

A couple of deals are featured on Fonehouse’s web page o¦ ering ‘£180 automatic cashback’. Customers opting to take a Samsung Monte for free on an 18-month Vodafone contract for £35 a month offering 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500GB of monthly data are entitled to the deal.

Those also going for a Nokia 5230 on a 24-month T-Mobile contract costing £25 a month and offering 600 minutes,
unlimited texts and a ‘Flexible Booster’ will also bag themselves £180.