Retales: Deal makers (12/09/11)


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


The Samsung Galaxy S II in white is on sale for the same price in Phones 4U, but this time it’s cheapest on an Orange 35 tariff that comes with 700 minutes, 3,000 texts and 750MB of data. A £120 discount on line rental is included. The original black Samsung Galaxy S II is given a bigger push, though, and is available for just £21.50 a month (with a £29 upfront payment for the handset) that includes 200 minutesand 3,000 texts on an O2 tariff.


The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is slightly more expensive at Fonehouse than seen at its rivals. Available on a Vodafone 1000 plan costing £36 a month, it comes with 1,000 minutes and unlimited texts. Customers can pay an additional £5 a month on Vodafone to pick up 200 additional monthly minutes. Fonehouse is also giving the Nokia E6 a shove, which is free on a T-Mobile deal  costing £25.54 a month with 600 minutes, 500 texts and a ‘flexible booster’, with £40 automatic cashback thrown in.


A white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has arrived at Carphone. It is cheapest on a Three contract at £30 a month, coming with 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data. The recently released BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also being pushed and is priced from £31 on a Vodafone deal that includes 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of BlackBerry data.


The online retailer has a range of back-to-school offers on laptops, netbooks and associated accessories. The pick of the bunch are the Asus EEE PC 1001PXD netbook for £204.99 and the Asus EEE PC 1015PEM network for £235.99. The Ambiance Technology Windows 7 Home tablet 3G is now in stock, priced at £489.99.


There’s a special deal available on the HTC Sensation until September 30. Anyone opting for it before then will receive £60 worth of content from HTC Watch – the manufacturer’s  store containing film and TV show content. It is available for free on a £36-a-month deal that includes 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB  of data.


There’s a ‘student spectacular’ at Orange, where youngsters are being offered £100 free credit on selected prepay phones when they top-up by £10 each month over a 10-month period. Included in
the student spectacular offer are the HTC ChaCha for £149.99, Orange Monte Carlo for £149.99 and the Curve 8520 either in black or silver for £129.99. ‘Sale’ and ‘price drop’ are the words that are surrounding the Motorola Atrix at the moment, as the handset is now free on a Dolphin 20 tariff, with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data.


The retailer is pushing its own recently launched MVNO in particular. It claims its prepay SIM-card, at costs of 14p per minute for calls and 7p per minute for texts, is 40 per cent cheaper than on major networks.