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HTC Desire - In-Contract Upgrade £285.00 O2

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6y, 6m agoFound 6 years, 6 months ago
I currently have the (very buggy) Samsung Galaxy i7500 Android phone. I'm only 7 months into an 18 month contract so have been looking at sim free handsets as I can't cope with this for another 11 months!

The HTC Desire is currently around £400 sim free but I've just phoned O2 and they offered me an "in-contract upgrade" for £285!

OK, £285 is not exactly a "Hot Deal" mid-contract, but given that I was looking at £400, it's really not bad! I'm going to keep the phone, but someone else might think about getting the phone for £285 and sticking it straight on a well known auction site where they are easily reaching £370! ;)

I have no reason to believe that this wouldn't apply to any O2 customer ringing to "upgrade". I went through to cancellations and suggested that I was thinking about buying myself out of contract to take a new contract with free phone elsewhere.

Edited to include info from speedski:
"Phone 202 - press option 2, option 2 and then finally the third option 2 for the 'if you're thinking of leaving o2'
DO NOT CALL SALES OR UPGRADES - YOU MUST CALL THROUGH TO 202, opt 2, opt 2 and opt 2."

"When you get through say you would like to buy a HTC desire for £285 - do not mention your renewal, don't mention upgrades."

Menu > settings > about phone > system software updates > check now

You should get the 2.2 Froyo update with the option for mobile data and/or wifi
- schizoboy
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#1
I can't believe someone would pay £285 for a phone let alone £400!
I'd rather go on holiday for that! Crazy price. Cold from me I'm afraid.
especially as it's a contract weird @$$ deal.
#2
I paid £400 plus I am paying £20 a month for the O2 Simplicity deal. Best thing I've done so far.

Now I can have the best of both worlds. If I get bored of the Desire (like that'd happen) then I can simply upgrade to a new handset and sell the Desire.
#3
yimmie
I can't believe someone would pay £285 for a phone let alone £400!
I'd rather go on holiday for that! Crazy price. Cold from me I'm afraid.
especially as it's a contract weird @$$ deal.


Er, just because YOU wouldn't pay £285 for a phone doesn't mean it's not a deal. :)

For those gadget-loving people like myself looking to upgrade to the latest handset, this offers a significant saving.

Like I said initially, it's also a chance to make a few quid if you wanted to!
#4
spottydog
Er, just because YOU wouldn't pay £285 for a phone doesn't mean it's not a deal. :)

For those gadget-loving people like myself looking to upgrade to the latest handset, this offers a significant saving.

Like I said initially, it's also a chance to make a few quid if you wanted to!


It's not a hot deal in either sense, my biased opinion or not.
banned#5
yimmie
I can't believe someone would pay £285 for a phone let alone £400!
I'd rather go on holiday for that! Crazy price. Cold from me I'm afraid.
especially as it's a contract weird @$$ deal.


It's a cheap price for this phone.

Maybe not a phone intended for people who spend £285 on a holiday:thumbsup:
#6
£285 for an unlocked desire. admittedly your tied to your contract but it's still a good deal for the best phone on the market.
#7
£285 + monthly contract.

How much you paying each month? I'm sure you could get the phone for £25 a month and free.
#8
Was quoted £370 not £285. Can someone else actually confirm this deal?
#9
FilthAndFurry
It's a cheap price for this phone.

Maybe not a phone intended for people who spend £285 on a holiday:thumbsup:


£400 / £280 is a ridiculous price for a mobile whatsoever.
after about 10 years of spending max £100 on a phone I'm currentley using one that retails at around £200 which even though it is good I would not have paid £200 for it, thank god for contracts.
Considering the person is paying £280 in addition to his contract charge that'swhat make it ridiculous and barely a "hot deal".
I did not say that I go on holiday for £285, I did say I would rather go on holiday there's a difference.
Jeez, this website is becoming filled with pretentious idiots... & to think conservative have only been in office for less than 24 hours!
#10
rads60
Was quoted £370 not £285. Can someone else actually confirm this deal?


It will be person specific, another reason why this isn't a hot deal. They will have taken in to account his previous spending.
#11
Just to add £370 for handset without extending existing contact.
#12
I was told they wouldn't do an in-contract upgrade at all... Spoke to three different people now and they just won't budge.
#13
yimmie
£400 / £280 is a ridiculous price for a mobile whatsoever.
after about 10 years of spending max £100 on a phone I'm currentley using one that retails at around £200 which even though it is good I would not have paid £200 for it, thank god for contracts.
Considering the person is paying £280 in addition to his contract charge that'swhat make it ridiculous and barely a "hot deal".
I did not say that I go on holiday for £285, I did say I would rather go on holiday there's a difference.
Jeez, this website is becoming filled with pretentious idiots... & to think conservative have only been in office for less than 24 hours!


labour party all the way!!Lol
#14
Shut up Yimmie, of course it is a good deal if you want that phone and you are on contract with a rubbish phone.
#15
happychappy
Shut up Yimmie, of course it is a good deal if you want that phone and you are on contract with a rubbish phone.


I have a blackberry one of the most popular phones to have at the moment, no?
Unlimited internet, unlimited texts, unlimited calls to certain numbers & additional minutes for £18.50pm with a free phone. Yeah I have such a rubbish deal!
banned#16
yimmie
I have a blackberry one of the most popular phones to have at the moment, no?
Unlimited internet, unlimited texts, unlimited calls to certain numbers & additional minutes for £18.50pm with a free phone. Yeah I have such a rubbish deal!


I really don't think this is your area of expertise.;-)

If you're on an O2 contract and want to upgrade then this is a great deal.

And yes, the Blackberry is great.:-D
#17
Yeah, except no one else has been able to confirm this deal, have they? If anyone got this, could they speak up?
1 Like #18
FilthAndFurry
It's a cheap price for this phone.

Maybe not a phone intended for people who spend £285 on a holiday:thumbsup:


Agreed! :)

yimmie
Jeez, this website is becoming filled with pretentious idiots


It also, sadly, has a lot of people who vote 'Cold' just because a deal isn't for them.
#19
spottydog
Agreed! :)



It also, sadly, has a lot of people who vote 'Cold' just because a deal isn't for them.


well, considering nobody else has confirmed this deal- it's not available for anyone else other than you. So really I am fully justified to vote cold as 1) I believe it's not a hot deal 2) it's unavailable.
Its your choice to waste your money though. :thumbsup:
#20
The HTC Desire is not just a phone, its so much more. Well worth forking out the extra few bob to get one.
#21
I've just rung up 402, selected option 2, 2, 2 and asked about this. She gave me a price of £370 :x

Oh well was worth a shot, I added heat before ringing up though lol :oops:
#22
TBH, this is not an exceedingly hot deal. In my opinion, PAYING ANYTHING for a phone on a 18 month contract is Robbery and believe it or not You have been conned.
Not only will this phone be available within 4 weeks at a "free with 18 month contract" option, but I believe is available free on 18 month contracts on other providers. NOW if you have the extra £285 lying about for the 4 weeks of bragging rights, then THIS IS A SMOKING HOT DEAL for YOU!


Maths
Assuming youa re on a£35 contract and you still have 11 months left
£35x11 +£285 = £670

Assuming you buy sim free, 11 months usage would be
£20x11 (simplicity equivalent of £35 contract)+£400 (sim free phone) = £620

The figures above speak for themselves. Plus the second option gives you the option of changing your phone anytime and moving contracts!!
Hence Proved QED
#23
unileeds
TBH, this is not an exceedingly hot deal. In my opinion, PAYING ANYTHING for a phone on a 18 month contract is Robbery and believe it or not You have been conned.
Not only will this phone be available within 4 weeks at a "free with 18 month contract" option, but I believe is available free on 18 month contracts on other providers. NOW if you have the extra £285 lying about for the 4 weeks of bragging rights, then THIS IS A SMOKING HOT DEAL for YOU!


Maths
Assuming youa re on a£35 contract and you still have 11 months left
£35x11 +£285 = £670

Assuming you buy sim free, 11 months usage would be
£20x11 (simplicity equivalent of £35 contract)+£400 (sim free phone) = £620

The figures above speak for themselves. Plus the second option gives you the option of changing your phone anytime and moving contracts!!
Hence Proved QED


That logic doesn't follow unless O2 will allow you to drop from your £35 contract tariff to a £20 simplicity deal mid-contract!
#24
kobirulali
I've just rung up 402, selected option 2, 2, 2 and asked about this. She gave me a price of £370 :x

Oh well was worth a shot, I added heat before ringing up though lol :oops:


That's the same menu options I used. Maybe I just got lucky. Fortunately I've already had an email to confirm the order and to confirm it's been passed to the warehouse for shipping.

I doubt it's anything to do with previous spend as I never go above the base £35 and have only been with O2 (this time) for about 2 years. Maybe it's because I currently have a Samsung Galaxy and O2 know it's a bug ridden phone and are consequently offering cheap upgrades!
#25
yimmie
It's not a hot deal in either sense, my biased opinion or not.


your opinion is not biased, its ridiculous

A phone is an expensive product. many people buy and sell them to try different phones or to suit mood.

Just because you can appear to get a phone free by locking you into an expensive 18 or 24 month contract does not alter the fact.
I feel that being locked into a contract is much more onerous then paying for the phone upfront and having a clean break.
#26
spottydog
That's the same menu options I used. Maybe I just got lucky. Fortunately I've already had an email to confirm the order and to confirm it's been passed to the warehouse for shipping.

I doubt it's anything to do with previous spend as I never go above the base £35 and have only been with O2 (this time) for about 2 years. Maybe it's because I currently have a Samsung Galaxy and O2 know it's a bug ridden phone and are consequently offering cheap upgrades!


I will try again tomorrow, maybe becasue i have 5 months of my contract left (even though the women said they didn't take that into account) plus I have a £10 a month loyalty discount for not taking out a phone when i upgraded?

Who knows a different operator may be in a better mood lol :thumbsup:
#27
im not sure why you guys are getting a price of £370.

I just rang up 02 upgrades now (im currently on simplicity 1 month) and I asked the guy on the phone how much it would be to buy the desire outright i.e. pay as you go.. he told me that it would be £285 with deliverly within 3-4 working days..i thought about getting it but to be honest it works out way to expensive to do that.

I've been with 02 for around 7/8 years now and the fact that they cannot provide any incentive to keep me as a customer (instead they have given me new customer deals/ website prices) resulted in me placing an immediate cancellation on my current sim only contract.

Gona get a pac code and find a network that does look after its customers!! thank you for nothing and good riddance o2!
#28
colonel
your opinion is not biased, its ridiculous

A phone is an expensive product. many people buy and sell them to try different phones or to suit mood.

Just because you can appear to get a phone free by locking you into an expensive 18 or 24 month contract does not alter the fact.
I feel that being locked into a contract is much more onerous then paying for the phone upfront and having a clean break.


£18.50 is not an expensive contract, I get everything I need, I never go over my limits I have the phone I want, many of my friends have the same phone and pay in excess of £25pm and they don't get everything I have.
I was not being ridiculous, £285 is a ridiculous about to pay for a phone! If you think it's a fine amount you're clearly ridiculous.
#29
yimmie
£18.50 is not an expensive contract, I get everything I need, I never go over my limits I have the phone I want, many of my friends have the same phone and pay in excess of £25pm and they don't get everything I have.
I was not being ridiculous, £285 is a ridiculous about to pay for a phone! If you think it's a fine amount you're clearly ridiculous.


a phone has a cpu, memory ... its a computer but miniturised

why on earth should that not have a cost

I don't understand your reasoning at all, particularly that the UK is one of the last countries in the world to have the phone cost subsidised by the line provider

and you completeley ignore the fact that (i) many peole want to have more then 1 phone, e.g. nokia 6700 for back of jeans during the weekend and htc legend for the week (ii) many people change phones frequently. I change phone very month and sell on ebay or to CEX, generally loosing a very small amount of money or making a slight profit. So its a revenue cost, not a capital cost
1 Like #30
I can confirm this is £285 as an in contract upgrade.

The guy offered it to me straight away after declining all contract/phone deals.

Comes Friday via DHL.
#31
colonel
a phone has a cpu, memory ... its a computer but miniturised

why on earth should that not have a cost

I don't understand your reasoning at all, particularly that the UK is one of the last countries in the world to have the phone cost subsidised by the line provider

and you completeley ignore the fact that (i) many peole want to have more then 1 phone, e.g. nokia 6700 for back of jeans during the weekend and htc legend for the week (ii) many people change phones frequently. I change phone very month and sell on ebay or to CEX, generally loosing a very small amount of money or making a slight profit. So its a revenue cost, not a capital cost


Yeah the point being that it will be free in 4 weeks time. The fact that you change phones everymonth, well 4 weeks is the lifecycle of your phone and hence worth the extra £285.

One question,, for the people whp have got in contract upgrades, DO YOU SIGN ANOTHER 18 months on your contract??? I would check if I were you! so if you have 10 months left of your contract, when you get an incontract upgrade, do you only have 10 months left on the contract, or do you have 18+10 (or in some cases 12+10) months left????

VERY KEEN TO KNOW!!
#32
yimmie
Jeez, this website is becoming filled with pretentious idiots... & to think conservative have only been in office for less than 24 hours!


Oh dear. Is there a reverse of rep you can leave?
#33
spottydog
That's the same menu options I used. Maybe I just got lucky. Fortunately I've already had an email to confirm the order and to confirm it's been passed to the warehouse for shipping.

I doubt it's anything to do with previous spend as I never go above the base £35 and have only been with O2 (this time) for about 2 years. Maybe it's because I currently have a Samsung Galaxy and O2 know it's a bug ridden phone and are consequently offering cheap upgrades!


Darklord
I can confirm this is £285 as an in contract upgrade.

The guy offered it to me straight away after declining all contract/phone deals.

Comes Friday via DHL.


Yay i can also confirm i got this for £285 :-D

Cheers spottydog and darklord, rep left for both of ya!!!
2 Likes #34
Me and the other half got this today - £285 each - I took a 12 month sim only simplicity (I was on the 30 day deal) for the same price, the other half got here for £285, she kept her 30 day contract, but added a £5 bolt on.

so it IS available on a 30 day deal if you are on that already.

I called 202, then option 2, option 2 option 2. Listened to the deals they had to offer and then said I've heard I can get it as a contract renewal phone for a good price - he said what price I said £285 he said yep thats right - just got the dispatch notification from o2 - should both be here tomorrow - VERY happy as nearly bought one 48hrs ago from CPW for £410 sim free!

I do sim only, I don't do phone + contract = over the 18 months I will be £150 up versus a contract of same mins/text/web
#35
speedski
Me and the other half got this today - £285 each - I took a 12 month sim only simplicity (I was on the 30 day deal) for the same price, the other half got here for £285, she kept her 30 day contract, but added a £5 bolt on.

so it IS available on a 30 day deal if you are on that already.

I called 202, then option 2, option 2 option 2. Listened to the deals they had to offer and then said I've heard I can get it as a contract renewal phone for a good price - he said what price I said £285 he said yep thats right - just got the dispatch notification from o2 - should both be here tomorrow - VERY happy as nearly bought one 48hrs ago from CPW for £410 sim free!

I do sim only, I don't do phone + contract = over the 18 months I will be £150 up versus a contract of same mins/text/web


SPEEDSKI,.. now that is SMOKING HOT DEAL!!! Id give u all the rep in the world!!! let me know when the phone arrives.. thats abrilliant deal you have
#36
indeed. Im not bothered by the 12 month sim only deal - really not as i have been on the same sim only deal for two years now. The other half called separately and said I want the phone for £285 and everything else the same - the woamn said well you're going to need to have the bolt on web for that phone so lets see...

Shes on a 30 day rolling contract - £25 a month - 600 mins, unlimited text, wifi and 02 to 02 calls - got the phone for £285. Little blighter got a better deal than me!

Ahh the torture of waiting in all day for the delivery now grrr = due tomorrow :D
#37
Just got this myself, I was already on a simplicity contract and they said I could just buy the phone outright for £285 no need to get another contract or anything. Does anyone know where I can track my order.
#38
I bought the phone last month and got it for £350 from mobilephonesdirect, and now I called O2 and asked about this and I just got the phone outright for £285 for my boyfriend! This is a really good deal as its a great phone!! O2 said they will email me the confirmation and I should get the phone next mon/tues!! :)
#39
neil26581: you can track your order on your O2 online account, go to My O2 > My orders
you should get an order number there and it tells you the current status
#40
Drop it, Hide it, Lose it (DHL) have my two phones right now = just hoping the driver turns up with them before 9pm :)

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