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See Hoggydoggy comment post re instore price @ £49.95 otherwise online order £69.95 including £20 credit (£10 plus additional xmas £10 credit)

Huawei Blaze U8510 - IDEOS X3

http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_u8510_ideos_x3-3840.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWBO6MUJuak

You might not have heard of them before, or even know how to pronounce their name, but Huawei sure know how to make a decent blower, the first of which is the Huawei Blaze, a mid-range Android piece that offers top-notch functionality without breaking the bank. Running Gingerbread 2.3.5 and sporting Huawei’s rather nice user interface, the Blaze offers both performance and style.

3.2 Megapixel Camera

Adobe Flash 10.1

Bluetooth technology

Document Viewer

Google Maps
All this is packed into a steamlined aluminium alloy unibody measuring just 11mm thick and weighing in at just 110g, in fact, it’s so svelte you’d hardly believe that they managed to shove in a 3.2" HVGA display into the thing. Add to this a 3.2 MP camera, bundled web browser and media player you’ve got yourself quite a media savvy blower.
Sounds good yeah? Well it’s not just about looks though as there’s a 600MHz CPU powering it all along, 256MB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity and a microSD slot that can take cards up to 16GB. It’s certainly got the media moves as well as the style. The Blaze is sure to set the mid-range Android market on fire.


t&cs state extra £10 put on from Dec25th:
13. Christmas 2011

FREE £10 Topup

Offer and promotional handsets subject to availability and withdrawal without notice.
Customers purchasing a Smartphone on pay as you go will receive £10 top-up as a gift from Phones 4u.
Top-Up will be loaded directly onto customer's handset from 25.12.2011.
Top-Up may take up to 48 hours to load, subject to network and coverage.
Promotion available direct from phones 4u between 16th November and 24th December 2011.
The minimum criteria for a mobile device to be a Smartphone is the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard - keypad or touch-screen (virtual keypad or hand writing recognition) open operating system (including Blackberry devices) and the possibility to write, send, receive E-Mails including viewing and opening of attachments (E-Mail Client).



Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone
http://lifehacker.com/5717356/set-up-and-get-to-know-your-new-android-phone
- Scotty Boy
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Tenex#61
Scotty Boy

As long as your SIM is active (i.e. regular use & top-ups) then you should be able to get the handset upgrade price - pop in past and see what they say.


just to clarify that, the store said it may be £49 for one netwok but £55 for another etc, they weren't able to tell me prices/networks over the phone.
listerdude#62
Went into phones4u in Swansea and they denied any knowledge of this deal
Tenex#63
pinkmonkey
The only spare PAYG sim I have is for Orange, but want to put in a contract Vodafone sim - Would the phone def be 'locked' to orange?


No, they say it remains unlocked.
sickbird_uk#64
listerdude
Went into phones4u in Swansea and they denied any knowledge of this deal


Sign in the window at Birkenhead says £69.95. Once inside there was a new label stuck over the original with the £49.95 for upgrade price.

Went in with a little-used PAYG Orange number which was checked on the system and was able to buy it for £49.95.
questy1#65
How about networks that piggy back to the major ones, like lebara? Allowed?
hoggydoggy#66
questy1
How about networks that piggy back to the major ones, like lebara? Allowed?

Don't think so - I'm on Giffgaff (piggybacks onto O2) and they don't count (I asked in-store); I'd expect the same of lebara.

That said, as per earlier comments, if you've got someone who IS on a major network who's willing to wait 6 months or more for THEIR next upgrade, you can use their number to upgrade with.
Tenex#67
hoggydoggy

That said, as per earlier comments, if you've got someone who IS on a major network who's willing to wait 6 months or more for THEIR next upgrade, you can use their number to upgrade with.


Out of interest, why would anyone have to wait? The mobile provider isn't selling the handset? Don't understand the dark processes mobco's insist on practising.
Blunt_UK 1 Like #68
Just bought one in Eastleigh for £49.95 as an upgrade. He took my existing mobile number and put it in the computer, computer said yes it is fine. The guy had to use my existing phone to call a a number to receive another number to enter into the computer.
All of the networks are £49.95 apart from orange which is £59.95.
If you want to buy the phone new without an existing number to supply it will generally be £59.95 plus you must buy £10-£15 airtime.
The phone is not locked to any network!
For £50 this is excellent value for an introduction to smart phones.
The guy in the shop said it was £100 and it was selling..
I hope this answers the questions.
sickbird_uk#69
Blunt_UK

All of the networks are £49.95 apart from orange which is £59.95.
.


Was only £49.95 on Orange for me.
latok#70
hoggydoggy
if you've got someone who IS on a major network who's willing to wait 6 months or more for THEIR next upgrade, you can use their number to upgrade with.


I don't understand this.

They need a PAYG SIM so how is someone losing an 'upgrade' on PAYG? What does a PAYG SIM 'upgrade' to?
jimtwo#71
Tried to buy this as an upgrade in the St Albans store with an o2 sim. The price was £59.95 on o2 but £49.95 on all other networks. The guy showed me the computer screen and sure enough the o2 upgrade was listed at £59.95. He wouldn't budge on the price so I left it. Looks like it might be worth trying another store.
o_t_e#72
jimtwo
Tried to buy this as an upgrade in the St Albans store with an o2 sim. The price was £59.95 on o2 but £49.95 on all other networks. The guy showed me the computer screen and sure enough the o2 upgrade was listed at £59.95. He wouldn't budge on the price so I left it. Looks like it might be worth trying another store.


Same experience in the sunderland store - staff apologetic but o2 listed as ten pounds more than other networks - going to borrow mums vodafone...
listerdude#73
Seems to be huge variation in the knowledge of offers in phones4u. Some clarity is required from H.O I think.
Blunt_UK#74
sickbird_uk
Blunt_UK

All of the networks are £49.95 apart from orange which is £59.95.
.


Was only £49.95 on Orange for me.


Yeah, my mistake. He briefly showed me the screen with the prices. Apparently it was 02 that was £10 more.
Scotty Boy#75
listerdude
Seems to be huge variation in the knowledge of offers in phones4u. Some clarity is required from H.O I think.


+1 - Perhaps the T&Cs of the handset upgrade have been changed due to popularity of the various handset deals they have advertised? That's my tuppence worth, as I haven't had a chance to check my local yet but will be doing it tomorrow to see what's what. :D
Perkzy#76
Thanks OP, ordered an O2 phone online.

t&cs state extra £10 put on from Dec25th:
13. Christmas 2011

FREE £10 Topup

Offer and promotional handsets subject to availability and withdrawal without notice.
Customers purchasing a Smartphone on pay as you go will receive £10 top-up as a gift from Phones 4u.
Top-Up will be loaded directly onto customer's handset from 25.12.2011.
Top-Up may take up to 48 hours to load, subject to network and coverage.
Promotion available direct from phones 4u between 16th November and 24th December 2011.
The minimum criteria for a mobile device to be a Smartphone is the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard - keypad or touch-screen (virtual keypad or hand writing recognition) open operating system (including Blackberry devices) and the possibility to write, send, receive E-Mails including viewing and opening of attachments (E-Mail Client).



Edited By: Perkzy on Dec 09, 2011 19:27: update
allan1954#77
to get the upgrade price your sim card has to have been in regular use over 6 months. i tried with a tmobile sim card in regular use over 9 months and they said i do not qualify.
Shengis#78
allan1954
to get the upgrade price your sim card has to have been in regular use over 6 months. i tried with a tmobile sim card in regular use over 9 months and they said i do not qualify.

Whats regular use though? I've got a contract on Tmob and an O2 blackberry that I use but hasn't been topped up in like 18 months lol. It's always switched on though.....
GH69#79
Mine arrived this morning and without wanting to sound too stupid ... can anyone who has one tell me how you get the %$£"@)*!!! battery cover off !!!
nigelbutler#80
GH69 - There's usually a thin hole at top or bottom of the back case that you can get a fingernail in, it might slide up or down... Come on dude! I doubt if you'll break it, they snap back on...

Please give us a review once running!
You might need the APN settings to get the internet going on 3g ... Just google APN and whatever network you are on

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