Re-Tales: deal makers (03/12/12)


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


The retailer is offering what it claims is its ‘best ever deal on the iPhone 5’. The 16GB model costs £28 upfront on O2 and is £36 a month with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. It represents a saving of £67 over the course of a two-year deal. Carphone has also slashed the prices of tablets. The Google Nexus 7 32GB costs £194, the seven inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 costs £147 with £30 cashback, and the Amazon Kindle Fire is priced at £109. The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and Galaxy Note 2 are also being pushed. The former is free on three Orange deals, with the best offering 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB. The latter is free for £34 a month on O2 with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of data.


Windows Phone 8 smartphones are being pushed heavily by Phones 4U. The Nokia Lumia 920 is free from £41 a month, Lumia 820 4G from £36 a month, Lumia 820 from £25 a month and Windows Phone 8X by HTC from £32 a month. The retailer also has an exclusive on the Samsung Galaxy S III in brown. It is free for £26 a month on Orange with two tariffs – 400 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data or 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 750MB and Orange Swapables. Customers opting for the HTC Desire X in white from £15.50 a month on Orange will receive free Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones worth £149.95.


There’s £10 off the prepay price of five different colour variants of the BlackBerry Curve 9320. It is available in black, white, blue, violet and pink for £120. Vodafone is also pushing its newly-launched ‘BlackBerry Freebee’ which offers anyone topping up by £10 or more with free BlackBerry Messenger and an additional 100MB of data. A prepay sale also sees phones such as the Nokia Lumia 800 half price at £150, with £50 off the Samsung Galaxy S III, which now costs £399.


The operator is using the ‘Giftcracker’s Magical Gift Selector’ to provide customers with presents along with mobiles purchased before December 20. There is a section on O2’s website where customers are presented with four questions – how much they would like to spend, is the phone for a boy or girl, how old the recipient is and what their hobbies are (films, books, music; looking good; or games and gadgets). The selector then comes up with the most suitable phone and gift. O2 has also extended its On & On Simplicity 12-month SIM-only deal until January 2. It costs £20 a month and comes with unlimited minutes and texts, and 1GB of data.


The recently-released Motorola Razr i is free on T-Mobile from £26 a month with 300 minutes, 500 texts and 750MB of data with £10 of cashback. The Samsung Galaxy S III in blue is free on Vodafone with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data, with the Nokia Lumia 710 free for £21 a month on T-Mobile with 300 minutes, 500 texts, 250MB of data and £40 of cashback.