This is exciting!! Virgin have the first ever mobile phone which can also play TV on their network - the aptly named Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV.
The phone costs £199.99 on Virgin Mobile Pay As You Go, and I don't suppose you can change the network it's on and get it unlocked, so you're going to have to stay on Virgin. But virgin supply you with £35 free airtime as a gift for buying it online. Seeing as you're going to be using Virgin anyway, the phone has effectively only cost you £164.99!! Like the thinking there?? Also, you can purchase through QuidCo.com for 10% cashback. I make that £20... so you *could* say, if you wanted to be cheeky, that the phone has only cost you £144.99. ;-)
I have to be ocmpletely truthful though. The website says, "Watching TV is free for 90 days on Pay As You Go. BBC One is available until at least October 2007 and it's always free." I've no idea how much TV will cost after the 90 days is up, but BBC One will be free for a year, so that's a good start. But the fact that you may have to pay just to watch the other channels, which currently only include E4, ITV1 and a "mobile version" of Channel 4, maybe the idea isn't quite ready. It's a fun plan and a great thing to wow your mates with, but maybe the world isn't quite ready for taking their TV out of the house with them. :-(
Anyway, enough from me... here's the proper blurb: The Lobster 700TV is exclsuive to Virgin Mobile. It's a Windows smartphone, manufactured by HTC, and has a built in digital TV tuner capable of showing programmes on it's 2.2 inch display. The 700TV receives TV using a new broadcast standard called DAB TV. You can watch BBC1, E4 and ITV1 plus C4 Mobile, which is a version of Channel 4, and also listen to DAB radio broadcasts. As well as being able to receive digital TV and radio the 700TV is a powerful smartphone running Windows Mobile 5. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, expandable memory and Bluetooth.