Tesco climb on the free laptop mobile broadbandwagon. Savvy shoppers look elsewhere.

Tesco are upping their attempts to muscle in on the telecoms action by going head to head with Carphone Warehouse and their successful free laptop deals. The supermarket will be offering two free laptop models at 50 of their in-store phone shops in conjunction with mobile broadband packages from 3 and Orange.

It’s a ploy that Carphone Warehouse have been the masters of since 2007, although as the laptops are usually low-end and the monthly tariffs ramped up, customers can be fooled into believing they’re getting a good deal when in fact they’re more or less buying the laptop at 0% interest over the period of the contract.

The spectacularly-named Lance Batchelor, chief executive of Tesco Mobile and Tesco Telecoms, raised a suave eyebrow before musing that “…mobile broadband is going to really take off in 2009 and we want to help our customers get the very best deals, making it easier than ever for them to stay connected wherever they are.” He then fended off an attack from a Russian spy using a golf umbrella with a dart gun built into its tip. Possibly.

Among the Tesco deals are a free Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop with a 24-month mobile broadband package from 3 at £29.36 a month. See – is it really a deal worth running around the room and waving your undercrackers around your head in triumph? No, it’s not. Yes - actually it is. No, it isn't.


  • Francis R.
    Lance Batchelor is my porn name
  • Chris
  • Chris
    Ooops! If its really the Dell XPS 16 which Dell sell for £799 then the term cost of £704.64 makes this a good deal.
  • Andy D.
    Oh. You're right. It does. Egg on whose face? Mine.
  • Andy D.
    Egg removed from face. The XPS 16 isn't free. Have a play about with this http://www.tescocontractmobilephones.com/laptop-deal-builder/#builder The ones that are free seem to be low-spec. You get the good ones at a reduced price and then pay the monthly fee on top. We're still exploring this, so we might contradict ourselves again in another 10 mins.
  • Will
    Can I have a free laptop please?
  • Yer M.
    yer ma offers a better service than this
  • currysbod
    Not that it's very popular around these shores, but if you are looking for freebie laptops on mobile broadband then PC World and Currys have almost all their laptops available on the deals (uptop £500 off on a £40/month contract) including Apple Macs and Pros. Obv, if the laptop is over the £500 price you'll have to put some cash towards it otherwise its all free* (T&C apply). Contracts are from Three, T Mobile and Vodafone and iirc, freebie start at £25/month. Yes it is a 24 month contract. Yes it would be cheaper to buy the laptop outright and then get a seperate contract, BUT if you dont have the readies upfront, its probabaly better this way than high interest credit cards and not paying it off quickly.
  • E-man
    That XPS deal is apparently is store only! Mine you, i work for tescos and havent seen it yet!
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