HTC Desire Android Smartphone: £15/month on T-Mobile with unlimited texts, internet
March 23rd, 2010
The HTC Desire “iPhone Killer” Android smartphone is available with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet for £15/month and £157.
|T-Mobile £15/month deal expired… but here one for £18.75/month with more minutes…|
Unfortunately, the T-Mobile HTC Desire £15/month tariff originally described here has now expired. However, Mobiles.co.uk is offering a free HTC Desire on the Orange network with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB internet for £25/month and 12 months half price. This works out as an effective price of £18.75/month.
Mobiles.co.uk is an online-only branch of the Carphone Warehouse. The version of the HTC Desire they sell is unbranded and unlocked for use on any network.
T-Mobile have just launched the brand new “HTC Desire” Android smartphone on tariffs from £15/month. It’s a cutting edge phone and the price is great – it’s half of the price of an iPhone.
What is the HTC Desire?
The HTC Desire is a smartphone running Google’s Android operating system. Key specifications include:
- 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen
- Google’s Android 2.1 mobile operating system – the most recent version and access to Android App Store
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- HTC Sense interface which displays information from Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, face detection, flash and geotagging
- GPS antenna with Google Maps and free GPS navigation
- Supports external microSD cards up to 32GB (4GB micro SD card included)
See the full specifications at the HTC website.
Here’s a promo video from HTC:
Why are we so excited about this?
This offer on T-Mobile has now finished. However, Three are offering a free HTC Desire on tariffs from £17/month. Although the monthly cost is higher than the old T-Mobile offer, the phone is free so the total cost works out to be cheaper.
The cheapest contract is £15/month (24 month contract) with 100 minutes, 100 texts, unlimited internet (3GB fair usage) and one free flexible booster. There are several options with the flexible booster: for example you can have unlimited texts, unlimited landline calls or an inclusive allowance of international calls. Unfortunately, the HTC Desire itself will set you back £157 but this isn’t too bad – it’s only slightly more than you’d pay for a feature phone (a phone which is not a smartphone) on Pay As You Go.
- HTC Desire
- 100 minutes
- Unlimited texts
- Unlimited internet
For those who want 300 minutes per month, pay an extra £34 upfront and you’ll get 300 minutes per month (meaning you pay £191 for the phone). The total cost of this plan is £551 over 24 months. More minutes are available on higher priced plans.
* Please note that this article has been updated since it’s original publication. See the footnote of the article for more information.
How does the price compare to the iPhone?
photo: William Hook
According to our iPhone price calculator, a comparable tariff with the 8GB iPhone 3G (which is now 2 years old) would set you back at least £749 over 24 months, or £709 using the loophole we discovered. Opt for the more modern 16GB iPhone 3G S and you’re looking at £809. You’re looking at a saving of about £300 with the HTC Desire.
What if I don’t want to sign up for 24 months?
T-Mobile also offer the HTC Desire on an equivalent 18 month tariff. You’ll have to pay £226 upfront for the phone (an extra £69 above the price on the 24 month tariff). The total price comes down to £496 for 18 months compared to £517 for the 24 month contract. Given that you can get an extra 6 months of airtime for just £21, we recommend going for the 24 month option.
Typically we advise readers to avoid locking themselves into a long contract – however we can’t forsee a tariff which would be significantly cheaper than this being available on the market any time soon.
What should I look out for?
Once you exceed your allowance of minutes, you’ll pay 30p/minute. It may be better value to go for a more expensive contract if this means you would not exceed your allowance.
How do I get a HTC Desire from T-Mobile?
You can order this from the T-Mobile website.
Can I keep my number from my existing network?
Yes; you will have to request a PAC code from your existing network and provide this code to T-Mobile customer services once you have received your phone.
What are the alternative ways of obtaining a HTC Desire?
Amazon are offering the HTC Desire SIM-free for £459.
The HTC Desire is also available on the other major networks. We’ve got all the available tariffs listed on our price comparison webpage.
Drop us a comment if you spot an even cheaper deal on the market.
* Full disclosure: This post originally referred to a £10/month contract. On the 12th April, T-Mobile raised the price of the tariff to £15/month and decreased the cost of the HTC Desire from £164 to £157. Although the price has now increased, we still find this tariff is by far the cheapest in the market.
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