HTC Desire T-Mobile PAYG pre-order £348.99 + £3.99 pp @ mobilephonesdirect - HotUKDeals
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Best "own it now" deal I have seen.

BTW, think it WILL be locked to T-Mob

Blurb:-
HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast, and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch AMOLED display. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor makes the phone incredibly responsive as you multitask from app to app without skipping a beat, while the instinctive HTC Sense experience lets you wield the power of the HTC Desire with the greatest of ease.
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#1
I was expecting this to be at least £400-450 PAYG....

Heat added. I want one...
1 Like #2
I can vouch this is an amazing phone, it is all good and not over-hyped, unlike the iPhone...
#3
Does anybody know how easy this is goin to be to unlock? I dont want to have to pay too much.
banned#4
I've moved this to Mobiles for you. Should stay on the frontpage longer than in Electronics.
#5
Any idea if this will come unlocked?
#6
HTC EVO:

even better phone coming out in the summer.
#7
elmat
Does anybody know how easy this is goin to be to unlock? I dont want to have to pay too much.


It will come locked to T-Mobile. You can unlock via T-Mobile for £15 but it takes 14-28 days for them to process it.

You can use a third-party site like http://www.htcsimunlock.com/htc-desire-unlock.html who are claiming to do it for $19.99 (about £13) and it takes them 5-30 minutes
#8
when will delivery be.....?
#9
This seems a good deal.

I haven't had a PAYG phone for years, so what kind of deals/contracts can be had on PAYG?
#10
videonastie
This seems a good deal.

I haven't had a PAYG phone for years, so what kind of deals/contracts can be had on PAYG?


none every basically is after the handset...
#11
riz786123
HTC EVO:

even better phone coming out in the summer.


That is massive. Looks good, didn't know we were getting 4G in this country in the next few months... 3G is stretched to limits as it is.
#12
Great, 15 quid isnt too bad. Think ill grab that sim only + topcashback deal from o2 and get myself a new desire. Possibly the best combination of phone/network I can think of!
#13
elmat
Great, 15 quid isnt too bad. Think ill grab that sim only + topcashback deal from o2 and get myself a new desire. Possibly the best combination of phone/network I can think of!


Sounds like what I'll be doing as soon as I've sold my Hero!
#14
Got to get this phone, but if you shop around you can get one on an 18 month contract with minutes/texts and unlimited internet for £450 over the duration of the contract and free phone so not that great a deal for me.
#15
scm8jet
Got to get this phone, but if you shop around you can get one on an 18 month contract with minutes/texts and unlimited internet for £450 over the duration of the contract and free phone so not that great a deal for me.


+1. even on a £30 a month 18 month contract with free phone for the first 11 months your up on the cost of the phone just by itself. Plus with this you'll have to buy credit and I can see these constantly using credit as there always connected to the internet. I think your alot better off ringing T-mobile and trying to haggle a deal with them.
#16
T-Mobile's version of Android on the HTC Hero had serious 'issues'.
#17
riz786123
HTC EVO: even better phone coming out in the summer.

I think it’s CDMA/WiMax only so won’t work in the UK. Sounds stunning though.
#18
dolphinninja
+1. even on a £30 a month 18 month contract with free phone for the first 11 months your up on the cost of the phone just by itself. Plus with this you'll have to buy credit and I can see these constantly using credit as there always connected to the internet. I think your alot better off ringing T-mobile and trying to haggle a deal with them.


Some people already have a sim card deal such as the O2/Vodafone quidco offers, or an existing contract sim card. All they want is the cheapest possible price for the handset without hassle of signing up for another contract, myself included in "these people".

I've been looking since the phone came out, and even considered getting a 24 month contract and buying myself out of it immediately. Compared to all those deals, this price is still cheaper if you just want the phone.

PS: If you got this and an O2 Quidco/Topcashback offer for 12 months, it would still work out to about £450. Also, the 18 month offer is via redemption and from experience I'd say that is VERY unreliable. I'd rather rely on Quidco/Topcashback. Totals for 18 months would then work out similar
#19
I've pre-ordered this phone from handtec, which is pricier at about £385. I don't know how T-Mobile's Desire will be, but I opted to go for a genuine unlocked SIM-free version as my HTC Magic from Vodafone has been a huge disappointment over the vanilla Magic. I'm now far more suspicious about 'branded' versions of these phones, and think that it's worth paying an extra 10% to get the HTC version rather than a network version.

And like MrBrightside1987 says, some of us are already under contract so just want a new phone.
#20
MrBrightside1987
PS: If you got this and an O2 Quidco/Topcashback offer for 12 months, it would still work out to about £450. Also, the 18 month offer is via redemption and from experience I'd say that is VERY unreliable. I'd rather rely on Quidco/Topcashback. Totals for 18 months would then work out similar


What's the O2 Quidco/Topcashback offer?
#21
videonastie
What's the O2 Quidco/Topcashback offer?


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/644910/topcashback-offering-200-on-02-12-m - works out to £8.33/month for 12 months.
#22
MrBrightside1987


Cheers bud.:thumbsup:
#23
egg1000
T-Mobile's version of Android on the HTC Hero had serious 'issues'.

What serious issues are you having? And i highly doubt branding a phone with the network name can cause serious issues unless it changes the firmware.
#24
Can I transfer my existing number onto a sim only deal?
#25
They have this phone in stock now, branded and locked to T-Mobile.
#26
£5 cashback via Topcashback too! link
banned#27
An absurd price for any mobile phone.
#28
Bear in mind that the internet settings may well also be locked to T mobile (mine was for the HD2) so you will have to install a new generic ROM - it's a simple step by step process anyone can do but if you make a mistake (i.e. don't follow the instructions) it can "brick" your phone. That was on windows 6.5 not android though so I don't know if they also lock the internet settings for android phones too.

Second problem is that it can be difficult to get an unlock code for brand new handsets and models - the third party sites sometimes can't get the unlock code from their databases until the phone is a few weeks or a month old. You won't be able to check that till you have the imei number and have the handset in your hands though.

Would strongly advise anyone considering this to check out the info on the xdadevelopers forum before buying it to use on another network. If those two things work out then this is a great deal though - HD2 is slightly better suited to my needs (wants really) but this is a superb phone.
1 Like #29
HTCCode granted me an unlock code 12 hours after I payed them, top service if anyone is wondering
#30
egg1000
T-Mobile's version of Android on the HTC Hero had serious 'issues'.


expand??

i have a hero on t mobile and havent had may problems yet. so come on what major problems are you talking about
#31
How can this possibly be a good deal?

On Pay monthly with t-mobile you can get for £10pm + £164 for the phone that's £404 for 2 years, £60 extra for 24 months, just over £2 pm! for that you will get internet 100 minuts/text + extra booster for either unlimited texts or unlimted landlines.

What is the fascination of "owning" the phone, even if you have an existing sim, you won't beat pay monthly with t-mobile at the moment?
#32
apk1
How can this possibly be a good deal?

On Pay monthly with t-mobile you can get for £10pm + £164 for the phone that's £404 for 2 years, £60 extra for 24 months, just over £2 pm! for that you will get internet 100 minuts/text + extra booster for either unlimited texts or unlimted landlines.

What is the fascination of "owning" the phone, even if you have an existing sim, you won't beat pay monthly with t-mobile at the moment?


What's the fascination of collecting extra sim cards that arent going to be used and effectively wasting £60?
Some people have a contract, and they probably don't want to buy another. This way they get an awesome phone without the hassle of signing up for another contract rather than being stuck with a low-end tariff for 24 months where 100 minutes probably won't be sufficient for a lot of people.
#33
apk1
How can this possibly be a good deal?

On Pay monthly with t-mobile you can get for £10pm + £164 for the phone that's £404 for 2 years, £60 extra for 24 months, just over £2 pm! for that you will get internet 100 minuts/text + extra booster for either unlimited texts or unlimted landlines.

What is the fascination of "owning" the phone, even if you have an existing sim, you won't beat pay monthly with t-mobile at the moment?


someone might find themselves with a year contract and want to sell their phone in exchange for this one :thumbsup:
#34
Called mobile phones direct as website changed to say instock, but it's not "instock" go figure, woman said it was to keep interest up on preorders?

Anyway after all that she did say that delivery would be expected to be with me 7th April.
#35
Ordered from TMob a 24M, 300/300/unlimited web contract for 100 quid more than this all in, but if you really want PAYG, this looks like one of the best deals. This phone is going to be extremely popular.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/htc-desire-679515/review
#36
I got this phone on release day last Saturday, and it kicks ass. A quality piece of hardware
#37
Probably a good deal, but if paying £350 for a phone you'd think they would throw in free P&P
#38
apk1
How can this possibly be a good deal?

On Pay monthly with t-mobile you can get for £10pm + £164 for the phone that's £404 for 2 years, £60 extra for 24 months, just over £2 pm! for that you will get internet 100 minuts/text + extra booster for either unlimited texts or unlimted landlines.


Is this direct from from Tmobile or through someone else?
#39
A few of the guys at work have moved to Android Nexus and Desire from having iPhones - they are nowhere near as good. The first thing you'll notice is the sluggish way in which the interface 'judders' around - then is the inconsistent button layout of each handset...once the hackers start making malicious apps, it's all over!
#40
bauer
expand??

i have a hero on t mobile and havent had may problems yet. so come on what major problems are you talking about


I would also be interested in the problems, as T-Mobile doesn't do any "deep" customisation to the Android software.The Desire will be the same, its basically the vanilla version of UI Sense.

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