HTC Desire Black Orange £23.33/mth after cashback + £20 for the phone @ dialaphone + Quidco - HotUKDeals
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Recently after an upgrade from my G1 with t-mobile and was after the desire, best offer t-mobile could give me was a £30/mth, £20 one time cost for phone, 18 month contract for 300 mins 500 txts. Noticed this deal on dialaphone and thought it was a great one for the Black Desire on orange.

18 Month
300 Mins
Unlimited txts
Unlimited internet (500 MB)

£15 for 8 months (by redemption)
£30 for 10 months
Effective cost is £23.33 p/m = £420/£385 (quidco) over 18 months for HTC Desire Black

DON'T FORGET QUIDCO! £35
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#1
http://techinbox.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Orange-HTC-Desire-Black-Edition-248x300.jpg

Looks very simular to the brown one, just it's got a nicer tint around the screen!
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ScRiVs
http://techinbox.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Orange-HTC-Desire-Black-Edition-248x300.jpg

Looks very simular to the brown one, just it's got a nicer tint around the screen!


Ye, i prefer this one though i think, because the other one seems to be the more common one as it's available on all networks. The black is exclusive to orange atm so i think this is another reason i would prefer this one. It's also as cheap if not cheaper than some of the other rates for the normal desire.
#3
That's a good deal, I'm up for an upgrade this week from G1 on T-Mobile as well. Only have 100 min/txt at the moment, but that's OK for me as I use mostly data. No idea what they will be able to offer since their website prices are now insane.
#4
how does the redemption work?
#5
risheet
how does the redemption work?


It doesn't!

Usually sending bills back to the company at regular intervals. If you send too early or too late they won't pay.

Without redemption, it may still be cheaper to get the phone sim-free then get a sim-only deal from Vodafone (£120 quidco for vodafone).
#6
I've read some very bad things about the Orange flavour of this phone, they put their own apps into the ROM which "overwrites" the Google ones.

I still haven't made my mind up whether the Desire is the right way to go as it locks you into HTC's very slow upgrade cycle. With their track record on the Hero, I'm wondering if it's best to pay a little more and get the Nexus One on Vodafone as that will be a more pure experience.
#7
nigelwill
I've read some very bad things about the Orange flavour of this phone, they put their own apps into the ROM which "overwrites" the Google ones.

I still haven't made my mind up whether the Desire is the right way to go as it locks you into HTC's very slow upgrade cycle. With their track record on the Hero, I'm wondering if it's best to pay a little more and get the Nexus One on Vodafone as that will be a more pure experience.


I bet you are a great laugh down the pub Nigel !:roll:
#8
Im not sure why you mention £20 for the phone in the title, it is free. Redemption deals arent ideal but as long as you follow the rules you wont have a problem.
#9
nigelwill
I've read some very bad things about the Orange flavour of this phone, they put their own apps into the ROM which "overwrites" the Google ones.

I still haven't made my mind up whether the Desire is the right way to go as it locks you into HTC's very slow upgrade cycle. With their track record on the Hero, I'm wondering if it's best to pay a little more and get the Nexus One on Vodafone as that will be a more pure experience.


Nonsense. I've got one. all you get is an orange logo on the back and some orange apps installed.
Simples.
A more pure what? HTC upgrade cycle? The Desire is the Google phone +. The HTC overlays are superb and beside that they make the Google phone......
#10
nigelwill
I've read some very bad things about the Orange flavour of this phone, they put their own apps into the ROM which "overwrites" the Google ones.

I still haven't made my mind up whether the Desire is the right way to go as it locks you into HTC's very slow upgrade cycle. With their track record on the Hero, I'm wondering if it's best to pay a little more and get the Nexus One on Vodafone as that will be a more pure experience.


Red Devil
I bet you are a great laugh down the pub Nigel !:roll:


mrew42
Nonsense. I've got one. all you get is an orange logo on the back and some orange apps installed.
Simples.
A more pure what? HTC upgrade cycle? The Desire is the Google phone +. The HTC overlays are superb and beside that they make the Google phone......


Orange have a reputation for messing about with smartphones by overlaying it with their branding and even disabling some services such as gps so that you have to use Orange maps etc. It's good to know they are not doing the same anymore - if that's the case.

However Nigel has a very valid point, moreso as HTC are not quick to push on android updates. Owners of the Hero have been waiting ages for 2.1 and it keeps getting delayed so getting the Desire instead of the Nexus One probably means waiting a while to get 2.2 when it's released later in the year.
#11
Am on T-Mobile with a broken G1. Retention dept have told me that at my update date I can get a Desire for £80 and pay £35 monthly for UNLIMITED voice calls to cross network and landlines (08* and interntional at their normal rates) and unlimited text/broadband. Pretty good deal. Apparently this is a tarrif that 02 are coming out with as well.
#12
Just catching up with this thread again, I see teerex has explained some of my points in more detail, so thanks for that.

My point is the Nexus is the bare bones Android, so while it doesn't come with the bells and whistles HTC add with Sense, it does mean that upgrades are easier to get. Google will be releasing Froyo next which is reported to give upto 450% increase in performance and has Flash support. Now if HTC drag their feet again, how happy will you be waiting till next Christmas for an upgrade like this?

I admit that I haven't tried an Orange Desire, but I have heard that they install their own maps and IM software. Perhaps you can confirm/deny this mrew42?

If you're going to invest your money in a phone that you commit to for 18 months, it's worth doing your homework. That's my position anyway, IT & Technology is my profession.

Hopefully the Desire will be as hackable as my G1, having access to Cyanogen ROMS has been a revelation and has kept my phone going till upgrade time. I'm off to the pub now ;)
#13
nigelwill
Just catching up with this thread again, I see teerex has explained some of my points in more detail, so thanks for that.

My point is the Nexus is the bare bones Android, so while it doesn't come with the bells and whistles HTC add with Sense, it does mean that upgrades are easier to get. Google will be releasing Froyo next which is reported to give upto 450% increase in performance and has Flash support. Now if HTC drag their feet again, how happy will you be waiting till next Christmas for an upgrade like this?

I admit that I haven't tried an Orange Desire, but I have heard that they install their own maps and IM software. Perhaps you can confirm/deny this mrew42?

If you're going to invest your money in a phone that you commit to for 18 months, it's worth doing your homework. That's my position anyway, IT & Technology is my profession.

Hopefully the Desire will be as hackable as my G1, having access to Cyanogen ROMS has been a revelation and has kept my phone going till upgrade time. I'm off to the pub now ;)


Sorry to appearing to be a bit hot headed there. Just that the Orange thing and Android phones has done the rounds a few times. Yes Orange do installe their own apps, I don't use them personally. Google Maps does me fine, plus there are enough Twitbook apps f to use for free.

I've invested for 18 months for the same amount of money I've been paying for a basic O2 contract, free phone cashback via Quidco so I've got a £400 phone which does everything *I* need and more, and an 18 mnonth 300 mins unlimited texts/email 500Mb data which has in effect cost me £15 (less the phone). I'm not personally interested in hacking the phone about etc but I can see the appeal and FWUW IT & Technology is *my* profession too :)
#14
I've just been speaking to T-Mobile, their upgrade dept was useless, couldn't offer me anything. So I called back and spoke to retentions. They said prices are high because of stock shortages, but they expect them to drop next week as they now have stock.

Anyway, best he could offer was free phone, 24 months at £24.50 for 300 min, Unlimited texts and data. Not great, so I will wait a few more days as they advised.
#15
nigelwill
I've just been speaking to T-Mobile, their upgrade dept was useless, couldn't offer me anything. So I called back and spoke to retentions. They said prices are high because of stock shortages, but they expect them to drop next week as they now have stock.

Anyway, best he could offer was free phone, 24 months at £24.50 for 300 min, Unlimited texts and data. Not great, so I will wait a few more days as they advised.


That doesn't appear too bad from t-mobile. Have you tried [url]www.omio.com[/url] to compare offerings from all suupliers? I got a better deal from pheone4u than Orange could or would do, beter than O2 on retentions, for a new contract. This is the deal I got http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/652254/htc-desire-brand-new-only-25-a-mont was (for me fantastic). A brilliant piece of kit. Keep an eye on those other re-sellers though. The odd bargain certainly pops up on here.
#16
I've been putting details into a spreadsheet as it's difficult to compare between the different suppliers, deals and cashbacks available. As you've said, it's not that bad really, but I was a little disappointed as I was led to believe retention deals would be far more competitive.

Seems that they are bound by the existing pricing, the guy I spoke to seemed quite genuine and suggested waiting till they get stock, so waiting till next week may be the best option. If not, there are plenty of options out there.
#17
Retention deals depend on how much you have been paying over the previous 3 to 6 months. So if you tariff +/- call charges is high in the recent months then you get better deals and vice versa.

Consider whether vodafone + quidco is cheaper as well, if you not already on vodafone.
#18
I'm not a big spender, I pay just 20 quid a month for 100 min/txt and data, so that makes sense. Been looking at the Nexus One on Vodafone, but since they are the only ones to carry it, there's no competition, and no great deals that we see with the Desire.

Just reading about Froyo, it will be available on Nexus in a couple of weeks, but HTC will take longer to produce a version for the Desire,

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