Re-Tales: Deal Makers (21/06/10)


The Sony Ericsson X10 mini and Samsung Galaxy S are featured on Carphone’s home page. The X10 mini described by Carphone as a “travel size Android smartphone”, is available for free on £15 a month tariffs. Vodafone’s plan offers 500 texts and 100 minutes, whereas Three’s deal offers 100 minutes to any network, unlimited minutes to the same network, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. The X10 mini features a full touchscreen and integrated social networking. The Galaxy S is being offered for free on a £30 Vodafone tariff, which comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts. The Android device features a four-inch ‘Super AMOLED’ touchscreen and a five-megapixel autofocus camera.

Prepay is not forgotten about either. The Nokia X3, which features integrated social networking, a 3.2-megapixel camera and dedicated media keys, is available for £78.95 plus a £10 top-up on a Vodafone tariff offering 300 minutes and unlimited texts. The Nokia 5230, which also features integrated social networking and Nokia Ovi Maps, is available for £68.95 plus a £20 top-up on the same Vodafone deal.

The new Sony Ericsson X10 Mini and Samsung Wave are currently being pushed at Phones 4U. The X10 Mini is available on O2, Vodafone and Orange and is cheapest on the O2 100 tariff, offering 100 minutes, 3,000 texts for £15 a month over 24-months. Phones 4U is also o¢ ering 12 months half price line rental when purchased with an Orange Dolphin 25 tariff and a free Nintendo Wii games console when bought with the Vodafone You Plan Text £30.

The Wave, which is Samsung’s first handset to run o¢ it’s own open mobile platform ‘bada’, is available on O2 and Orange. Like the X10 Mini, the O2 100 tariff offers the cheapest deal for £20 a month. Customers can also receive six months half price line rental. ‘Deal of the Week’ is the LG GD510 Pop Black on an Orange Dolphin £25 tariff, offering 100 minutes and 3,000 texts over 18-months.

Dell’s handset debut into the Android market, O2 exclusive Streak, is featured. It is available from free on a ‘data only’ tariff over 24-months for £25 a month and comes with 3GB of data, 500MB of Wi-Fi and 300 texts. The Streak is a tablet device that sports a five-inch full touchscreen and built-in GPS. It can also run multiple applications.

To add voice minutes to their deal, customers must sign up to a ‘voice and data’ tariff. The Streak will come for free on a £35 a month contract with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data over 24-months. O2, like many other retailers, is also putting momentum behind the Samsung Wave. The handset is available for £15 a month o¢ ering 50 minutes and unlimited texts over 24-months.

The operator’s netbook range gets shouted about, with the Samsung N150 taking centre stage. There are three possible price plans to choose from – 1GB of data costs £21.27 a month with a £49.99 up front fee for the netbook, the device is free on a £25.53 a month deal with 3GB of data and is also free on a £27.50 a month deal offering 5GB of data.

The HTC Desire is also featured. Vodafone is offering the Androidbased smartphone that features a 3.7-inch touchscreen and fi vemegapixel camera for £30 a month, with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1,024MB of data on a 24-month deal.