Re-Tales: Deal Makers (02/08/10)


A round-up of deals available from mobile retailers online and on the high street

Carphone’s ‘Deal of the Week’ sees £40 knocked off the Samsung Genio Touch and it’s now priced at £49.95 with a £10 top-up. The handset comes with a full 2.8-inch touchscreen and two-megapixel camera. Two of Sony Ericsson’s Android-based X10 family are heavily featured. The X10 is available for free for £30 a month on Orange, Vodafone and O2 and the smaller variant – the X10 mini pro – is available for free for £20 a month on Vodafone and Three.

A range of gifts are being given away with the BlackBerry Curve 8520 at the moment when customers sign up to £35 a month contracts. Those signing up to the Vodafone BlackBerry Your Plan Texts will receive 600 minutes, 3,000 texts and a free 32-inch LCD television. The O2 BlackBerry 900 tariff is offering 900 minutes, 3,000 texts and an Acer D751 Netbook.

Customers can get their hands on the Samsung Wave – the manufacturer’s first phone to be based on its own ‘bada’ platform – free for £30 a month on T-Mobile. They’ll get 900 minutes, 500 texts, unlimited internet and a flexible booster, as well as £90 automatic cashback. The HTC Desire is also being pushed for £25 a month on Vodafone, that offers 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. Both are subject to the customer signing to a 24-month deal.

The BlackBerry 9105 in purple stands tall under O2’s ‘Just Launched’ section. It is available for £25 a month offering 300 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data and Wi-Fi over 24-months.

The Samsung Galaxy S 16GB is exclusive to Vodafone and anyone signing up for one can get a free Vodafone McLaren Mercedes rucksack worth £39.99. This depends on customers opting to sign up for a £35 a month contract that includes 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 1,024MB of data. There’s also a treat for the ladies. Those singing up for the phone on a £10 a month contract will receive 100 minutes and 500 texts and get their hands on a season six DVD of Sex and the City. For an additional £5 a month, they can get unlimited data on their tariff.


The Nokia X6 is available for free on a £20 a month tariff, giving the customer 600 minutes, 500 texts and a flexible booster over a 24-month period. Unlimited internet is not included but the booster can be used to get this. If they prefer, the customer can instead opt for other benefits such as more monthly minutes or texts. BlackBerry’s smartphone range is also getting a push, with the Pearl 3G catching the eye.

Customers can register their interest in the Apple iPhone 4, which officially launched on the network on July 30. Customers can get the 16GB model for free on a £45 a month contract that comes with 2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes and 1GB
of internet over 24-months. The iPhone 3G S 8GB is also available for free from Three for £35 a month. The tariff offers 900 minutes, 5,000 texts, 5,000 Three-to- Three minutes and 1GB of internet over 24-months.

The Acer Stream Android smartphone, which is exclusive to the online retailer, can now be pre-ordered for its expected arrival on August 7. The phone comes with a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, HD video capabilities and fi ve-megapixel camera. The SIM-free version will set customers back £399.99. Limited stock of the Motorola Milestone XT720 and HTC Wildfire are also available.