3 launches Spotify music phone and tariff

October 28th, 2009

Creative Commons License photo: e-magic

Mobile network 3 is to offer a Spotify tariff from next month. The tariff will offer customers a HTC Hero Android smartphone with a bundled subscription to the Spotify Premium music streaming service. The tariff will make 6 million tracks available to customers to stream at any time, without adverts.

How much does it cost?

You will need to buy the HTC Hero phone for £99 and then pay £35 a month (24 month contract). This brings the total cost of ownership to £939 over the 24 months (equivalent to £39.13 per month).

In return you’ll get a monthly allowance of:

  • Unlimited Spotify Premium (usually £9.99/month) on your mobile and your PC
  • 750 minutes
  • Free 3-to-3 and Skype calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Unlimited data, email

Is the phone any good?

My Hero!
Creative Commons License photo: Iain Farrell

The HTC Hero has won the T3 magazine ‘Phone of the Year’ award and has had pretty good reviews. I’ve not heard any bad things about it anyway. And as it’s an Android phone, there are lots of applications available for it.

The key specs are:

  • 5 Mega Pixel touch screen handset
  • 3.2” TFT LCD capacitive touch screen, 320 x480
  • HSDPA, AGPS, 3.5mm connection
  • 512 MB Internal memory, supports up to 8GB SD Card
  • Slim tablet 112 x 56.2x 14.35mm, 135g
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Android OS

How else can I get Spotify for mobile?

Android offer a Spotify mobile application for the iPhone and Android. You’ll need to subscribe to Spotify Premium to use it though (£9.99 a month). Three are essentially bundling an Android phone with Spotify Premium in this tariff.

What are the alternatives?

Nokia offer ‘Comes with Music’ phones. ‘Comes with Music’ phones bundle 12 months of free music downloads with the phone. The tracks can still be played after the 12 months expires.

Orange PAYG customers can switch to the Orange Monkey tariff which offers free music streaming when you top up £10 per month.

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