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UPDATE: The offers have ended, however the phones are still available on 11 months free line rental, which is still a great deal!!

**HURRY!! OFFERS WILL HAVE ENDED BY TUESDAY!! GET YOUR ORDERS IN THIS WEEKEND!!**

o2 have told all retailers that they must remove all 12 months free line rental with a 12 month contract deals from their website over the next few days!!

The best offers are avaialble at MobileShop.com, a retailer with reputable reputation and perfect feedback all around from our HotUKDeals members.

I'll leave you to have a browse. By clicking on the "go to deal" button you can view ALL o2 deals on their website.

12 months free deals are available on the Nokia 3120, the Nokia 6030, the Nokia 6111, the Motorola L6, the Motorola V3 RAZR Silver, Motorola V3 Pink and the Sony Ericsson Z530i on various o2 tariffs (each tariff has a different outlay cost before cashback).

All deals work by cashback which you claim from the Mobile Shop at specified intervals. More details can be obtained on their website. Purchase via QuidCo.com for £32.50 in extra cashback - that's a PROFIT of £32.50!! o2 charge 99p per month for itemised billing so if you aren't desperate for it then give o2 a call when you receive the handset and they'll cancel it for you. This has no effect on your cashback. Insurance for your phone is expensive; if you don't think you'll be needing that then cancel it ASAP so it doesn't get forgotten about! All contracts are subject to a 12 month subscription as per usual. The Mobile Shop is a very reliable company. Click on the "comments" button of this post to go to the forum thread where I'll post the link to the MobileShop's feedback.

**HURRY!! OFFERS WILL HAVE ENDED BY TUESDAY!! GET YOUR ORDERES IN THIS WEEKEND!!**
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#1
Thanks for posting this [B]duckmagicuk2, [/B]I was going to go with one of the O2 12 Month 400 Minute offers but was going to hold out a little longer until my current contract was totally up, but glad you pointed this out otherwise I would have missed out!!

EDIT: I just checked the site and they've dropped the one I wanted to 11 Months free, darn, still, sith £32.50 back I can live with that, I only pay a total of £2.50 for the 12 Months, that's good enough I guess.

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#2
[highlight]You can read and leave feedback for this retailer, the MobileShop.com, here: Click Me!![/highlight]
#3
Insider information X10. It was sent out to their affiliates. ;) You heard it here first, anyone else is just copying, lol.

I'm not quite sure why o2 have told the retailers to stop them. Not heard anything from any of the other retailers yet. :(
#4
Probably something to do with the cash model behind giving an entire 12 Month Contract for free wasn't working for them (maybe too many people sticking to their allocated minutes rather than over-spending).

Still a bit gutted about the 12 Month Deal going down to 11 Months.

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#5
EDIT: I just checked the site and they've dropped the one I wanted to 11 Months free, darn, still, sith £32.50 back I can live with that, I only pay a total of £2.50 for the 12 Months, that's good enough I guess.


If anyone notices that any in the list in this thread are taken off offer before Tuesday or if they spot any new ones on o2 then let me know and I'll stick them on there.
#6
X10
Probably something to do with the cash model behind giving an entire 12 Month Contract for free wasn't working for them (maybe too many people sticking to their allocated minutes rather than over-spending).

Still a bit gutted about the 12 Month Deal going down to 11 Months.

X10


Surely they should just set the commissions and allow the companies to deal with how much cashback they give. It sounds as though they've actually told MobileShop they have to remove them. :confused:
#7
You'd think, but I guess I don't really know how the business model works exactly but maybe it's just that they were getting a lot of people signing up with them and it wasn't being cost-effective.
The fact that the deal I wanted is now only 11 Months must be due to whatever O2 have communicated to MobileShop.com.

I might grab the 11 Month Deal tonight while I still can.

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#8
This is a big blow !! Most of the phones are now 12 months free on a 18 mth contract (including silver V3)
#9
phoneboxdirect have a lot of phones on Vodafone network on 12 month free line rental (12 month contract). It says £315 total cash back on a £30 per month rental. How does that work out?
#10
octopus
phoneboxdirect have a lot of phones on Vodafone network on 12 month free line rental (12 month contract). It says £315 total cash back on a £30 per month rental. How does that work out?


LoL octopus.
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#11
Thinking about it though, it might be that there are Network Operator Deals with those contracts, like 4 Months Half Price Rental, so they would only need to give you what you actually pay back, so it could work out as £315.

The amount you quote above works out as a 3 Month Half Price Line Rental of £15. So 9 Months @ £30 + 3 Months @ £15 = £315

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#12
It works because Vodafone only charge half the line rental for the first three months. You only pay £15 per month for those months so PBD only need to pay you £15 per month cashback for those months.

Hope that helps. It's a question everybody seems to be asking!! :D
#13
thanks duckmagic and x10
#14
octopus
This is a big blow !! Most of the phones are now 12 months free on a 18 mth contract (including silver V3)
Try this - but colour not necessarily silver ?
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Ian
#15
[SIZE=2]3 called me the other day about extending my contract with them... 12 months free on a 12 month contract taken out with themobileoutlet.com. [/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]When I explained that the whole contract was free after cashback, and that I'd probably just cancel this contract at month 12 and do the same again, he sounded very surprised, as if he didn't know these sorts of '12 months free' contracts existed..[/SIZE]
#16
I cancelled with O2 on my last phone, the retention guy was pretty irritated that I wouldn't take up any of his offers. I think O2 have realised they aren't getting longterm contracts with these 12 month deals, so there is no profit in it.
#17
just ordered a nokia 6111 theres still plenty 12 months free 12 months contract ones. am gonna put the sim in my old fone and sell the new one! free money, yay!:grin:
#18
bimbo84
just ordered a nokia 6111 theres still plenty 12 months free 12 months contract ones. am gonna put the sim in my old fone and sell the new one! free money, yay!:grin:


Excellent stuff bimbo84, glad you're finding this site useful, and welcome to HUKD!

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#19
spudgun
I think O2 have realised they aren't getting longterm contracts with these 12 month deals, so there is no profit in it.


That's true in that their revenue from the user is limited to 12 months so may not offset the commission paid to the retailer. However, they haven't said that they're reducing the commission they'll pay so there's actually no net difference if the user cancels after the minimum contract period. A 'free' £40pm tariff will be unlikely to carry the volume of traffic that's covered and the marginal costs of supplying the calls is negligible. It's all about the commission/'rental' balance.

It'll also create an uneven playing field in that other networks have not (yet?) instructed "independent" retailers to stop these offers so the other networks will be picking up the users that O2 doesn't seem to want.

This seems like a restrictive practice in restraint of trade!

Pending a legal challenge (tricky to get counsel's opinion over a weekend), I wonder how they've worded their "instructions" to retailers and whether there remains scope to offer (say) 11 months free on cashback plus a gift such as a bluetooth headset. Where are they attempting to draw the line and what sanctions do they think they can legally apply to retailers who provide a consumer with incentives to purchase: can the networks really refuse to supply goods and/or services to established retail channels and get away with it?
#20
Hello JonBoy, Welcome to HUKD.
Interesting post.

JonBoy
Pending a legal challenge (tricky to get counsel's opinion over a weekend),


What did you mean by this, are you saying MobileShop have submitted a legal challenge to the counsel (which one)?

JonBoy
Where are they attempting to draw the line and what sanctions do they think they can legally apply to retailers who provide a consumer with incentives to purchase: can the networks really refuse to supply goods and/or services to established retail channels and get away with it?


I would imagine as long as I'm not breaking any service agreements to you I can stop trading with you as and when I choose.
Even if they are breaking an agreement, the amount of money it might cost in legal fees to get it overturned probably isn't worth it.

/Devil's Advocate

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#21
X10

What did you mean by this, are you saying MobileShop have submitted a legal challenge to the counsel (which one)?
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I meant legal counsel such as a barrister rather than a Local Authority type of Council - the retailers probably couldn't contact their lawyers over the weekend so have been given very little notice in terms of working days in which to launch a legal challenge. I didn't intend any reference to MobileShop as the OP referred to ALL retailers and that post only mentioned Mobile Shop because they currently have the best O2 deals: "o2 have told all retailers that they must remove all 12 months free line rental with a 12 month contract deals from their website over the next few days!!"

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I would imagine as long as I'm not breaking any service agreements to you I can stop trading with you as and when I choose.
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If we didn't have a written agreement (though a contract can be implied by custom and practice) but it looked as if you refused to supply me as a consequence of me ignoring this new "instruction" then I'd complain that you were attempting some form of Retail Price Maintenance and were utilising your dominant position to restrain trade to the detriment of the consumer.

There again, I'm neither a lawyer nor a mobile phone retailer. Upset a network by ignoring an "instruction" and they could ruin your business - but that's the abuse of power that legislation should prevent. Perhaps there's more detail yet to come that will clarify matters.
#22
Hey all

Sorry maybe I m a bit dumb here :)

So if it's 12 months free rental ... does that mean this is free via a series of cashback from the mobile shop or is this directly offered by O2? Would they ask me for any money?

As everything is free (never seen this happen for a contract), it just felt a little weird and a little curious.

eSimple
#23
Yeah, you'll pay for the contract to o2 and then claim the money back from the Mobile Shop. Seems a funny way to be doing things but it all works out at their end and with the Mobile Shop the process is very reliable if you hold up your end of the bargain. ;)
#24
Boots is again offering better deals through Vodafone, if you don't mind their Advantage Card points instead of cash.

Many phones have Vodafone Anytime 200 for 12 mths at £315 and Boots points worth £360. I just got a V3 for the wife.
#25
Does anyone think they will bring this type of offer back e.g. 12 months free on 12 months contract? Or will any of the other networks have this offer in the future?
#26
This is strange, coolnewmobile still have quite a few 'free' 12 month O2 contracts up for grabs. :confused: :confused:

http://www.coolnewmobile.co.uk/network2.asp?id=1019&network=O2&submit.x=48&submit.y=10

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