This is applicable to those of you who took out a 12mth SIM ONLY deal around last Ju;y / August / September such as the one I submitted then - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/477004/vodafone-sim-9-78pm-600-xnet-u-l-te?p=6246921#post6246921
You are eligible for an upgrade if you are within 50 days of the end of your contract so I had a look online to see what was available.
If I was willing to go for another SIM ONLY they were just offering half the mins and I would need to pay an extra £5pm (£15).
However, on choosing the option to retain my existing tariff and take a phone, around 9 phones were offered - all free on a 24 month contract. This included the Blackberry 9700 in Black or White (and the Nokia mini N97). Curious I clicked to see what was available on a 12 month contract - remarkably the Blackberry remained there along with some other phones.
I placed this into my basket, it confirmed the tariff was to remain at £10 and the charge for the phone was NIL (albeit I had to give my Credit Card details for them to debit £1 for a credit check).
After 3 confirmation emails from Voda, delivery was confirmed for this morning and the phone has duly arrived.
Hopefully of use to some of you who took advantage of the SIM ONLY last Sept.
Not bad for a phone which is worth around £300 on auction websites whilst getting 600 x network mins per month, unlimited texts, unlimited vodafone to vodafone and Vodafone Passport - 12 mths x £10 = £120 or £180 profit if sold!!!