Retales: Deal makers (29/08/11)


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


The retailer has its eyes on the start of the new academic year, with ‘free gift ideas for students on pay monthly deals’. Phones 4U has split this into three sections: ‘Deals with top technology’; ‘Deals that pay you’; and ‘Deals to beat boredom’. The HTC Wildfire S features in the first of these and comes with a free Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop, costing £36 a month on a Vodafone contract with 600 minutes, 3,000 texts and 500MB of data.

The second category offers £225 cashback by redemption when customers opt for the Samsung Galaxy Ace on an O2 tariff that provides 100 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data for £21.50 a month. The Curve 8520 is the highlight under ‘Deals that beat boredom’ and costs £20 a month on the Orange Dolphin tariff, which provides 200 minutes, 3,000 texts and 250MB of data, with a free Nintendo Wii thrown in.


The Samsung Galaxy S II, LG Optimus 3D and HTC Sensation are all available for £31 a month, with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data on a Vodafone contract. The Torch 9800 is also being pushed on a T-Mobile tariff that includes 900 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited web for £35.75. Anyone interested in this deal must first fill out a form online, providing basic personal details.


The handset-only prices of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, LG Optimus 2X and Acer Liquid Metal are all slashed. The Play has £240 knocked off its price and now costs £259.99; the Optimus 2X has been reduced from £449.99 to £269.99; and the Liquid Metal has had its price cut by more than half, now costing £149.99.


The operator is giving away a £50 M&S voucher to anyone who signs up to its 12-month SIM-only Simplicity tariffs. The cheapest plan costs £15.50 a month and comes with 600 minutes and unlimited texts. Data bundles cost an additional £3 for 100MB, £6 for 500MB and £10 for 1GB. O2 is also promoting the b@TV Nokia app, to which it has exclusive rights. The app is available for those who opt for either the Nokia N8, E7, C6-01 or C7 on contract and enables users to watch live footage of sets from DJs from around the world. The app can be downloaded by texting ‘BEATAPP’ to 2020. To celebrate this launch, O2 is giving away 50 VIP tickets to the closing party at Pacha nightclub in Ibiza on September 23.


Those opting for the HTC Wildfire S and BlackBerry Curve 8520 on prepay can get six months’ free internet worth £20, as well as either 100 minutes, unlimited texts or 60 international minutes the following month when they top-up by £10. T-Mobile is also pushing the Samsung Galaxy Gio on a £26-a-month contract that comes with 300 minutes, 300 texts, unlimited internet and a ‘flexible booster’.


The HTC EVO 3D has arrived. It is cheapest on a Vodafone contract costing £36 a month that includes 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Customers can receive an additional 300 minutes and 750MB of data by paying £40 a month on an Orange deal. The Samsung Galaxy Europa on Three now costs £49.95 on prepay and comes with a free tastecard worth £69.95 that gives customers half-price dining in more than 5,000 restaurants nationwide.