Re-Tales: Deal makers (23/04/12)


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


The new HTC One series of handsets are now on sale. The One X and One S are cheapest on Three contracts, free from £30 and £26 per month respectively, offering 100 minutes, 5,000 texts and unlimited data. Carphone is keen to point out that “Britain wastes £173 million per year going over phone data limits” and that the retailer has “more unlimited data tariffs than anyone else”. These tariffs start at £12 per month on Talk Mobile when customers choose the HTC Wildfire S and Samsung Galaxy Y. As well as unlimited data, the plan comes with 50 minutes and 200 texts. There is also up to 25 per cent o cases for the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S from the likes of accessories manufacturers Case-Mate, Griffin and Belkin, starting from £9.99.


The retailer has secured the rights to sell the white Nokia Lumia 900 in the UK, which can now be pre-ordered. The best deal sees it free on a Vodafone tariff costing £36 per month and coming with 900 minutes, 3,000 texts and 750MB. Customers can also pay £59 upfront for the handset and £31 on Vodafone or Orange. The Vodafone tariff will come with 900 minutes, 3,000 texts and 500MB of data. The Orange deal comes with 300 more minutes but half the data allowance. Customers pre-ordering the handset will receive a free Nokia Play 360° wireless speaker worth £120.


There is now £10 and £5 o the monthly price of the Nokia Lumia 800 and BlackBerry Bold 9700 respectively. They both come with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. The Samsung Galaxy Mini has had £30 knocked o its prepay price, and now costs £80. Vodafone has also begun selling the Huawei Ascend G 300, which is priced at £100.


The Samsung Galaxy S II is tagged as a ‘Top Seller’ by O2 and is free from £27 per month with 300 cross-network minutes, 500 O2-to-O2 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 falls under O2’s ‘Flash Sale’ banner and is free from £21.50 per month with 200 cross-network minutes, 250 O2-to-O2 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data. There is also £20 o the Nokia Asha 300 on prepay, which now costs £69.99.


There is a £5 monthly discount on selected contract handsets and plans when customers buy Orange home broadband from £10 per month. These include the HTC One X for £36 per month, HTC One S for £31 per month and Samsung Galaxy Ace for £10.50 per month. Orange is also giving publicity to its Panther tariff, with the Galaxy Ace and Curve 9360 pushed in particular. The Galaxy Ace is free on a £15.50 per month deal with 50 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data, unlimited push email and one free Orange ‘Swapable’. Customers receive double minutes when they opt for the Curve 9360, which is free from £20.50 per month.