O2 offer HTC Desire in May, bring nothing to the party

27 April 2010

Bitterwallet - HTC DesireWhisper it, but the HTC Desire is a bloody sensational phone. We had a play with one last week - it has a fast, agile interface, a brilliant display, and is lightening quick. If Google cared to market the Android Market so that mainstream consumers understood there was an alternative to the App Store, they might have something special on their hands.

O2 have just announced prices and tariffs for the handset, although delays in testing mean it won't be available until mid-May. They're really late to the game; the handset is already available through other networks, and Vodafone are offering the better deal:

On an 18 month contract, £30 gets you...

  • A handset for £99 from O2, including 100 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data

On an 18 month contract, £35 gets you...

  • A handset for £49 from O2, including 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data
  • A handset for free from Vodafone, including 600 minutes (online deal), unlimited texts and data capped at 500MB

On a 24 month contract, £25 gets you...

  • A handset for £99 from O2, including 100 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data
  • A handset for £99 from Three, including 500 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data

On an 24 month contract, £30 gets you...

  • A handset for £49 from O2, including 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data
  • A handset for free from Vodafone, including 600 minutes (online deal), unlimited texts and data capped at 500MB

It takes a reasonable amount of effort to burn through 500MB a month, although if you're constantly using data-intensive apps and opening mail attachments, it's certainly not impossible. If you're a light user of apps and mobile web, and if Vodafone's coverage suits (and the chances are it will when compared to O2's), then Vodafone seems like the a no-brainer. So what are O2 bringing to the party with the Desire?

Three's website suggests their tariff includes a Spotify subscription, but there's no confirmation other than the icon. Plus you'll have to deal with Three's dreadful customer services. T-Mobile are also offering the Desire from £35 per month for 24 months, with 1200 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited data. You can read more about the tariffs on offer from O2 here, and here for Vodafone.

TOPICS:   Mobile

19 comments

  • maxtweenie
    As usual, you're just as late to the party as O 2. I got my Desire from T-Mobile on a 15 quid a month contract with a 3gb monthly data allowance. It's easily the best phone I've used and Steve (number 2) Jobs ain't seen a penny of my hard earned.
  • Noghar
    Just make sure you avoid Orange. They've crippled the phone, substituting their own lame marketplace for the Android one, cramming in crappy game demos you can't delete, and putting their own greasy thumbprints on the firmware to ensure you can't get updates from HTC but have to wait for Orange. In the process they've cluttered up 80% of the phone's available memory and even left a banned messenger app running in the background where it can't be accessed OR switched off. Sort of twisted genius, really.
  • Rolly
    Oh my, why do Orange always do that to good phones? Surely its best to leave the handset how the manufacturer intended rather than crippling it with their own sluggish firmware?
  • Mike U.
    I recommend buying in Sim free and then getting 3 to give you 400mins, 300 txts and unlimted data for £15a month on a 12 month contract and they also throw in a Nokia 2730 which can be sold for £60. Happy Days
  • Brian's U.
    What do you mean there's an alternative to the Jesus Phone? That's blasphemy! Be gone you heathens!
  • blahblahblah
    Interesting article. Having said that, I ordered one with Vodafone through their retentions department well over a week ago, and they are claiming there's no stock, with no idea as to when they'll have any in stock. I've been checking in with them every day, but get the same response.
  • ButterMan
    ...or you could get an unlocked, unbranded version on any network (including O2 and Orange) by using a retailer rather than the networks themselves... eg http://www.mobiles.co.uk/htc-desire.html shows much better deals than any of those above. It's a lovely phone, I had one but 14 day returned it (sucker for new stuff so I'm waiting for June).
  • blahblahblah
    In my case, I got a better deal than what mobiles.co.uk are offering, and I'm assured the handset will be unlocked, although obviously branded. Guess I can't complain too much.
  • Statix83
    @Noghar It is possible to reflash the Desire with a standard HTC ROM, but I wouldn't do it without being fairly technically proficient. It took me quite a while, but at least it worked. Shame the battery life is still crap though.
  • cookie
    Are o2 having a laugh with these tarrifs, or are they just deliberately attempting to send all the people who want a Desire to other networks?
  • Biffy
    Get one on 3 PAYG, £350 for unbranded and unlocked handset!
  • Why?
    Would you want an unlocked, unbranded handset? For the same money, you could have a phone and unlimited internet, texts and 300 minutes a month for 2 years? Alternatively, you could buy a PAYG one and leech money at it .....
  • Rolly
    @Why? I cant stand being tied into a contract, although it may be better value financially, all the PAC code and transferring your number at the end of a deal bores me, I much prefer to own an unbranded untampered with handset and top it up as I go :) Moving my number from Orange took about a week, involved several phone calls and I lost a day's service as the number was transferred. I just cant be bothered with everything that's involved with contract phones.
  • Timmo
    WTF IS DIS REAL
  • Phil
    O2 fail. My o2 contract expires mid may and I'm looking for one of these but at those prices. See you later o2gator.
  • abbaddon
    Got mine with Vodafone easily the best phone on the market to date, just get one
  • dunfyboy
    Just imagine how quickly operators could get new phone's out if the didn't spend months crippling it with their own firmware.
  • Richard W.
    Errr that Vodafone 500MB data cap ISN'T a cap it's a FUP and they have confirmed that going over will NOT result in charges nor even a warning for one off's as long as you don't breach it every month, compare that to iPhone tariff at 1GB usage which is charged the second you go over
  • MattWPBS
    Got mine from Carphone Warehouse, after setting up the deal with T-Mobile retentions. Been with them for years, and got it free for just renewing my current contract - 12 months at £35 a month with data, and more texts and minutes than I use. Bloody amazing phone.

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