Retales: Deal makers (01/08/11)


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


The Optimus 3D, which had Carphone Warehouse as its exclusive launch partner, is available for £30 a month on four Orange deals, with the pick of the bunch being 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data. The HTC Sensation is being heavily pushed, and that can be picked up for £31 a month on a Vodafone deal that o ers 600 minutes and unlimited texts. A data allowance of 750MB is available for an additional £4 a month. On prepay, the Nokia 1800 and Samsung E2121 are priced at under £10, costing £9.95 each with a £10 top-up.


The BlackBerry Bold 9900 Research In Motion’s first smartphone since last November, is available to pre-order, with the best deal coming on Vodafone, costing £36 a month with 600 minutes, 3,000 texts, 500MB of data and BlackBerry email. An extra £5 a month gives the deal 900 minutes, 3,000 texts, 750MB of data and European browsing, BlackBerry email and £30 cashback. ‘The lowest price is the Phones 4U price on the Samsung Galaxy S II’ according to the retailer. It is free from £31 a month on a Vodafone tariff with 300 minutes, 3,000 texts and 500MB of data.


The Apple iPhone 4 is available on the operator’s ‘The One Plan’ for £35 a month but with an upfront cost of £69 for the handset, and includes 2,000 minutes, 3,000 texts and unlimited data. The HTC Sensation is also pushed and brings with it 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data on Three’s Text 500 tariff.


The online retailer goes one better than Three with its iPhone 4 pricing. The 16GB model in black is free on a £35 a month Orange plan with a choice of two sets of monthly allowances: 400 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data, or 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. The HTC Sensation and Optimus 3D are both free on £25.54 a month T-Mobile deals that include 600 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited data.


The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is due to arrive at the online retailer on August 18 and can now be pre-ordered, priced at £519.99 SIM-free. The HTC EVO 3D – the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first attempt at a glasses-free 3D phone – can also be pre-ordered, although pricing has yet to be announced. The HTC Pro has had £70 knocked o its SIM-only price and now costs £229.99.


The operator’s recently launched Priority Moments service is a main attraction, a new location-based service that allows retail partners to send exclusive offers directly to the phones of O2 customers. Customers can pick up a £20 voucher to extreme sports clothing online retailer Surfdome, when they purchase the Nokia C3-00 for £79.99 on prepay.