Re-tales: Deal makers (24/10/11)


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


The Apple iPhone 4 is now available for free on a Vodafone contract costing £31 with 300 minutes and 3,000 texts. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is free for £26 a month with 500 minutes and 3,000 texts. There is also £40 off the Samsung Tocco Icon on prepay, which now costs £59.99. Customers buying this phone will be entered into a prize draw to win VIP tickets to the premier of Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which is the latest Twilight film to be released.


Customers will receive a £200 gift card when they choose the Nokia 1800 from £20.50 a month, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 from £30 a month or the BlackBerry Curve 9300 from £31 a month. Those opting for the Samsung Tocco Lite from £21 a month, Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type (pictured) from £26 a month and Samsung Galaxy Ace from £31 a month will receive a £150 gift card. They can be used at either Sainsbury’s, Next, Debenhams or Toys R Us. Anyone choosing a new BlackBerry 7 smartphone (Bold 9900, Torch 9860 or Curve 9360) on contract will receive £20 of free apps, which they can collect from visiting on their phone.


Orange is pushing its ‘Swapables’ service, which offers content from the likes of The Times, Sky Sports Mobile TV and MTV that can be swapped out every month. Anyone opting for a phone on the £20.50 a month Panther tariff that comes with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data will receive one Swapable. Phones include the BlackBerry Curve 9360. Those taking out a Panther 26 deal with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data, will receive two Swapables. Phones include the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.


The Samsung Galaxy Ace is available in purple free for £15.50 a month with 200 minutes, 250 O2 to O2 minutes and unlimited texts. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (pictured) can be picked up for free from £21.50 a month, with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. The deal includes a year’s magazine subscription worth up to £47 and free LiveSound headphones.


The operator is pushing its ‘Data Test Drive’ promotion, which sees any new or upgrading customers receive three months of free mobile web, when they choose any existing smartphone that Vodafone stocks. Those opting for the HTC Wildfire S (pictured) on a £20.50 a month deal can triple their monthly minutes from 100 and also receive unlimited texts. The offer ends October 31.


Customers can cap their chosen tariff so they can only use their inclusive monthly minutes, texts and data. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is available free for £15 a month and comes with 750 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB. The HTC Wildfire S is available on the same deal but only comes with 250 inclusive minutes.