Re-Tales: Deal makers (04/07/11)


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


There’s a big push on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The first tablet device from RIM is available in three models: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. They cost £399, £479 and £559 respectively. Carphone is also offering the BlackBerry Curve 3G with the 16GB PlayBook, all for £37 a month on an O2 deal, with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of BlackBerry data. To go alongside this, there is also a ‘buy one get one half price’ offer on a number of PlayBook accessories, including skins, sleeves, cases, chargers and docking pods. Customers can also now pre-order the HP TouchPad, which will cost £399 for the 16GB model and £479 for the 32GB model.


The BlackBerry PlayBook is also being pushed heavily at Phones 4U, but is priced slightly more expensively than it is at Carphone. The 16GB version costs £399 and the 64GB model is priced at £599. The reason for the £40 price increase on the latter compared to Carphone is Phones 4U offers the Curve 9300 with this model, all for £37 a month. Customers can also pick up a £50 holiday voucher when they buy the Samsung Chat on Orange, Vodafone or Virgin for £49.95, with a £10 top-up. The voucher can be redeemed by entering the phone’s IMEI number onto a form at


There is a free £50 gift card with all 12-month SIM-only Simplicity plans, which start from £15.50 a month. O2 is also offering customers £50 worth of free games when they opt for the Nokia N6-01 on a £10.50 a month deal, with 50 minutes and 250 texts. Data allowances from 100MB-1GB cost an additional £3-£10 a month. The free games can be redeemed through Nokia’s Ovi Store.


As at Vodafone, the HTC Sensation is priced at £30 a month, but instead comes with 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data on the Text 500 plan. The HTC Wildfire now costs £20 a month, also on the Text 500 plan. One of Three’s biggest prepay offers now sees the Samsung Galaxy Mini priced at £89.99 on prepay.


The Motorola Atrix and Samsung Galaxy S II both come with 900 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of web allowance, for £35.75 a month. The Samsung Monte Slider is now half-price on prepay, costing £14.99, subject to a £10 top-up.


The HTC Sensation is now available at Vodafone for £30 a month, with 750 minutes to mobiles, 3,000 minutes to landlines, 250 texts and 500MB of web allowance. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 in black or white is now priced at £25 a month, with 500 minutes, 250 texts and 500MB of monthly data. Business customers can also now save £4 a month when they sign up to Business Essentials plans costing £35 a month and over.