Re-Tales: deal makers (05/11/12)


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


The Apple iPhone 4S 16GB is free for £29 a month on a Vodafone deal that offers 300 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB of data and 2GB of Wi-Fi with BT Openzone. The Samsung Galaxy S II is also free on Vodafone, this time for £21 a month, providing 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB of data and 250MB of Wi-Fi with BT Openzone. The Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Y, Nokia Lumia 710, Sony Xperia Tipo and LG Optimus L3 are all free on Carphone’s own network, Talkmobile, for £7.50 a month. The tariff includes 250 minutes, 5,000 texts and 500MB of data. On prepay, Carphone’s ‘Deal of the Week’

sees a £50 saving on the Tipo, which now costs £69.95.


The retailer is offering the Apple iPhone 4S on the same Vodafone deal as sold in Carphone and is also making the Samsung Galaxy S III free on an Orange Panther tariff costing £26 a month that comes with 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 750MB of data and two free ‘Swapables’. The Nokia Lumia 800, which had cost £299.95 on prepay, is now available for less than half price at £143.96 on Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone when bought with £10 of airtime.


The ‘Bond Phone’ (Sony Xperia T), which is used by Daniel Craig in the latest addition of the James Bond series, Skyfall, has now arrived at O2. It is free on the On & On tariff for £36 a month and includes unlimited minutes and texts, and 1GB of data. Anyone buying the phone will also receive a free ‘007 Legends’ video game for either the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or PC. The game is also available free to anyone choosing the Sony Xperia U, which is free from £13.50 a month with 50 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of data. The Nokia Lumia 800 is now £149.99 on prepay having originally been priced at £329.99.


The HTC One S is free on the ‘Red’ tariff from £25 a month. The cheapest deal offers 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data, with double calls and data allowances for an extra £4 a month. For £4 more (£33 a month in total) users get unlimited minutes and texts, as well as 1GB of data. There’s £35 off the prepay price of the Samsung Galaxy Ace, which now costs £100. Vodafone is also pushing the BlackBerry Curve 9320 in black, white, blue, pink and violet for £130 on prepay.


The phones being sold by EE as part of its UK 4G roll-out – Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, Galaxy Note II LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE – are available from £36 on a Panther tariff with 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB of data and two free ‘Swapables’. Up-front handset prices range from free to £129.99. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is also free on a Panther tariff, for £15.50 a month, and comes with 50 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB of data, Wi-Fi with BT Openzone and one free ‘Swapable’.