A round-up of deals available from mobile retailers online and on the high street
Research In Motion’s (RIM) latest BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone, the Torch 9860 has arrived at Carphone. It is available on one of three Vodafone tariffs for £31 a month, with the pick of the bunch coming with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. It is also available on O2 for £1 extra a month, with 600 minutes to any network, 500 minutes to other O2 mobiles, unlimited texts and 500MB of BlackBerry data. Carphone is continuing to bundle tablets with smartphones. The latest is the Samsung Galaxy Tab available with the Samsung Galaxy Apollo when customers opt for a £26 a month deal with 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB of data.
The retailer’s new advertising campaign is in full force with the tag line: ‘Missing our deals will haunt you’. It highlights all the deals Phones 4U has on all the Samsung and HTC smartphones it sells, as well as pushing the Samsung Tocco Icon on prepay for £59.95. The Samsung Galaxy S II has had £7.50 knocked o its line rental and is now free on a £28.50 a month Orange deal with 600 minutes, 3,000 texts and 1GB of data.
The operator has put its new ‘Freebee Rewardz’ for prepay users at the forefront. Every time a Vodafone customer tops up their phone, they will be sent a code they can use to claim instant rewards, such as vouchers from Madame Tussauds, Blockbuster or Thorntons, 50 free texts or three free MP3 downloads. Alternatively, they can build up points to collect bigger prizes later on, such as a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera, Sony Portable DVD player, an overnight hotel stay for two or an iPod Nano.
Orange’s ‘student spectacular’ sees the operator offer £100 of free credit to prepay customers who opt for the HTC ChaCha for £189.99, or BlackBerry Curve 8520 in black or silver for £129.99. To gain the free credit, customers must top-up by at least £10 a month over a 10-month period. The iPhone 3G S 8GB model is also available for free from £20 a month over a 24-month period, with the cheapest tari coming with 50 minutes, 50 texts and 100MB of data.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Curve 9360 are new in at O2. The Torch 9810 is available for free from £37 a month, with 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data, whereas the cheaper Curve 9360 costs £21.50 a month and has 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data thrown in with it. The price of the Apple iPhone continues to drop. The 3G S model is free on a £21.50 a month contract, with 100 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data.
There is £100 o the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro’s prepay price – now £89.99. Alternatively, the phone is also available on contract via the You Fix 26 tariff over 12 months, which comes with 300 minutes, 300 texts, unlimited web and a ‘flexible booster’.