Re-Tales: Deal makers (31/01/10)


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

The BlackBerry Curve 8520, LG Optimus One navigation edition and Sony Ericsson X8 are now available for £15.32 a month. The Curve 8520 comes with 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited BlackBerry email whereas the Optimus One navigation edition and X8 carry with it 300 minutes, 300 texts and unlimited web access. Both deals come with a ‘flexible booster’.

Customers can pick up a free 40-inch HD ready LCD television when they opt for one of two phones on a 24-month Vodafone contract. The Samsung Ch@t costs £35.78 a month and offers 900 minutes and unlimited texts whilst the Nokia 2330 costs £30.65 a month and comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts. There is also up to £60 off selected prepay phones. The BlackBerry Curve 3G is now priced at £189.95 and the Nokia 5229 X-Factor edition and Samsung Tocco Lite are priced at £49.95 (£50 off) and £44.95 (£45 off) respectively.

A select number of Three’s prepay phones come preloaded with the operator’s ‘All In-One 10’ add-on. These include the Samsung Galaxy Europa for £109.99 and Sony Ericsson X8 at £99.99. The add-on consists of 100 minutes, 3,000 texts and 500MB of mobile data. The BlackBerry Curve 9300 in grey is available for £25 a month and comes with 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of monthly data. A 2GB BlackBerry add-on is also included.

The HTC Desire HD is priced at £444.99 SIM-free or for £32 a month on a Three 900 tariff with 900 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data a month. The deal also comes with free gifts totaling £90, which are Three mobile broadband ‘ready to go’ modem, an Expansys universal PDA/phone car mounting kit, Bluechip portable charger and Expansys microUSB car charger. The HTC 7 Trophy has also been reduced from £459.56 to £384.99 – a saving of £74.57.

The supermarket retailer has made selected phones available on 12-month contracts. The Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro and HTD Wildfire cost £50 up-front and are available on £25 and £20 a month contracts respectively. Both deals come with 750 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited monthly mobile data.

Over £200 in cashback, all by redemption, can be claimed by customers when they sign up to selected contract deals. The Nokia C3 in black is available on the Orange Dolphin 20 tariff for £20.42 a month with 100 minutes, 3,000 texts and 250MB of data, giving back £240. Both the HTC Desire Z in black and Nokia X3-02 offer £210 cashback. The Desire Z is available on an O2 900 deal costing £34.74 a month with 900 minutes and 3,000 texts whereas the X3-02 is available on an 18-month Orange Dolphin 30 price plan costing £30.64 a month, which includes 300 minutes, 3,000 texts and 500MB of data.


  1. hmmmmm….if Nokia had shown a Windows7 demo/concept product, I might have been impressed, but the fact is most people bought Nokia because symbian is the best actual phone software…but they failed to turn it into an Android equivalent for smartphones. This looks like a decision taken without asking Nokia's customers, I wonder how long it will last…..