(1 Day Left)(Possible Total of £112) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S White O2 - 21.50/month @ Dialaphone
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(1 Day Left)(Possible Total of £112) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S White O2 - 21.50/month @ Dialaphone

690
Found 24th Dec 2011
(If this deal has already been posted at this exact same price with the exact same discounts, please let me know. I always do my best to make sure that I am not double posting. :))

If you vote Cold, please post your reasoning! I would love to know why.

Please make sure you read the full deal before voting, this doesn't involve redemption. The work involved to get this price takes 1 hour maximum when you receive the phone and 10mins maximum after 9 months.

How To Get To The Deal
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Links won't get you straight to the deal because of the menu system on dialaphone.
1. Follow the deal link. This takes you to the List of offers for the Arc S on Dialaphone.
3. Set the network as O2 only.
4. The deal is the second cheapest, based on effective costs.
Deal is 500MB Data, £110 Auto Cashback, 100mins, 500 texts for £21.50.



Calculations
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Basic monthly rate - £21.50

Remove Data Bolt on (-£6/month)

Downgrade contract after 9 months (-£5/month for last 14 months)

Payment for first 9 months - £15.50/month
Payment for last 15 months - £10.50/month

(15.5 x 9) + (10.5 x 15) = 297

Minus £110 "Automatic cashback"
Minus £50 Quidco
Minus £25 Sony Cashback
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Total Price - £112
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Work Involved
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On Purchase
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1. Buy through Quidco

When the Phone Arrives (Don't be tempted to turn the phone on first. Make sure you remove the data bolt on before you turn the phone on and put your Sim in.)
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2. Remove Gadget Helpline (5mins, copy code from an email onto the website to unsubscribe)
3. Remove data bolt on. (10mins, talk to an O2 advisor online, say "Bought a contract with an internet bolt on, don't want the bolt on anymore, I have not used any internet, please remove it", they will ask for your security question (post code when you purchased the phone..)
4. Fill in Sony Ericsson cashback forms and send in the post. (30mins)

9 Months Later
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5. After 9 months log in online at O2 and downgrade contract (5mins, is done with a couple of clicks online)


Questions and Answer
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Q. Does the phone come unlocked?
A. Yes, unlocked for use on any network. I have a Giffgaff Sim in mine at the moment.

Q. The website says that the Sony cashback finishes on the 31st January?
A. Read the terms and conditions. States that it applies for phones ordered before the 31st December and you have until 31st January to claim the cashback.

Q. What's the use of a smartphone without data, you've just removed the data so it's not worth doing.
A. Look at this deal as buying a £350 phone for £112 and paying for it over 24 months, you would then use your Payg sim card in it. You also then get the upgrade offers after the contract has ended.

Q. O2 states you can only downgrade after half of your contract has finished, why do you say you can downgrade after 9 months?
A. The contract I received through the post states that you can downgrade after 9 months. There have been a lot of offers similar to this posted on here and everyone has had the same contract that states you can downgrade after 9 months. If they don't allow you to - they are breaking the contract. In the unlikely event your contract states 12 months, this deal will be £15 more expensive.

Q. What is the Sony Ericsson Cashback?
A. Sony Ericsson are offering £25 cashback to anyone who buys an Xperia Arc, Xperia Ars S or Ray before the 31st December. Follow this link: sonyericsson.com/cas…ck/

Q. Are there any risks?
A.
1. Quidco cashback isn't guaranteed
2. Being able to downgrade after 9 months isn't guaranteed, if there isn't a lower tariff to downgrade to in 9 months, you won't be able to downgrade.
Both are very very unlikely, but possible.

Any questions, I will try to answer as soon as possible. I took this contract out a couple of months ago, although it wasn't with the Sony Cashback, I successfully Removed the data bolt on, paid by Quidco and also received the £110 Automatic cashback via cheque, so if you have any questions about the process, let me know.

EDIT: For those who have ordered this within the past 2 months and those who are about to order this, there is two additional extras you can claim: 90 days of music unlimited and 5 blockbuster rentals.

Full Credit to Midge (Page 10, post 186)

Link is below
entertainme.sonyericsson.com/ins…=UK

690 Comments

Original Poster

Quick Links - Most will be added in the separate explanation of each step below. For those who know what they are doing, here are all of the links and phone numbers in one go. (Credit to Pied_Piper for the numbers, Page 3)

Sony Cashback Offer
Sony Cashback T/C

Gadget helpline: 01373839990
Or GadgetHelpline website. (Cancelling Gadget Helpline)
O2 Online Chat (Removing Data Bolt On)

A good amount of Dialaphones contracts are sold with this free insurance. As far as I am aware, (I didn't catch it on checkout, someone else I know doesn't think so either), this doesn't come with the Arc S deal, so you won't need it, but I've added it anyway.
Insurance (dial a cover): 01270-413000 (Ask for Dial-A-Cover)

O2 Contract Prices - Helps show what is happening with downgrading. Signing up with this deal, you are on the 100mins / 500 texts for 24 months at a cost of £15.50/month. You are then paying for the 500MB internet bolt-on. Following the instructions in the post, you are removing this bolt-on and downgrading to the lower tariff of 50 mins / 250 texts for £10.50/month.

The paperwork that I received that says 9 months instead of O2's normal 12.

http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx134/Pete1993/IMG_1281.jpg

The Gadget Helpline

The Gadget helpline as an extra given to you on the purchase. The idea is, you forget about it and then after the first month has passed, they charge you an extra £10 for the next 3 months use of this useless service.

You'll be sent an email between the time you order the phone and when it arrives saying "Welcome to the Gadget Helpline". This will include your reference number and account number. You need both of these numbers and your email address to cancel the Gadget Helpline.

How To Cancel

Go to the website - blog.gadgethelpline.com, or gadgethelpline.com

The link for cancellations is very well hidden on the right side of the page, half way down. (See image)

http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx134/Pete1993/GadgetHelpline.jpg

On the next page, click on the link right at the bottom.

You will now be on the cancellations page, where it will ask you for the numbers provided in the email and your email address. Enter these and click the Search button to cancel.

Removing Data Bolt On

Talking to an O2 advisor online is the easiest method.

Click here to go to the Contact Us section of the O2 website. Click on the Live Chat link, top right box on the page.

Open the chat with the advisor. Say along the lines of;

"I purchased a phone contract a couple of days ago. The contract came with a data bolt on that I no longer want, I haven't used any data on the sim card yet, could you remove it please! "

They will ask for a couple of letters from your security code. I was not told what this code was, but found out from the advisor, it's the Post Code your phone was delivered to.

I would also recommend asking them to put a GPRS bar on the sim card. This means, when you put your sim card into a smartphone, the sim will refuse to use data. Most phones use data without you even knowing. The advisor will be able to do this for you in a few seconds.

Downgrading Tariff

Downgrading after 9/12 months can be done via your O2 account.

Login to O2 with the details you've been given. (Received via text to your new phone)

Click on the Change My Tariff button.

http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx134/Pete1993/o2.jpg

Proceed from there... (_;) Simple!


Edited by: "pete1993" 26th Dec 2011

Excellent deal!! well done OP.
Come on guys, Dont vote it cold. Its a good deal esp for of the latest sony xperia arc s handset!

Give you credit where credit is due. Really good fine and well worked out!

Great deal - very tempted.
There have been a few of these on O2 - last one I read in detail was an S2 I think and some on there were saying it wasn't a "bonus tariff" and thereforecouldnt remove the bolt on.

As you seem well versed in this could you clarify? And I am sure e planning it here would get more heat!

Original Poster

urinthematrix

Excellent deal!! well done OP.Come on guys, Dont vote it cold. Its a good … Excellent deal!! well done OP.Come on guys, Dont vote it cold. Its a good deal esp for of the latest sony xperia arc s handset!



Thanks!

For those who might doubt this. You are following exactly the same process as the Samsung Galaxy S2 Deal that was reached over 1000 degrees. It's the same thing, except you have the chance at a £25 voucher from Sony and it's a different phone.

TCB also gives £50.50

Original Poster

mgk

Great deal - very tempted.There have been a few of these on O2 - last one … Great deal - very tempted.There have been a few of these on O2 - last one I read in detail was an S2 I think and some on there were saying it wasn't a "bonus tariff" and thereforecouldnt remove the bolt on.As you seem well versed in this could you clarify? And I am sure e planning it here would get more heat!



I've personally already bought this deal.

It's on O2's normal tariff and takes literally 5mins to remove by talking to an advisor online.

You have a 7 day cooling off period as far as I know, so if you don't manage to remove the bolt-on you can cancel the contract. Just something to fall back on if it comes to it.

I knew I didn't get the mother in law the 30 quid Apollo for a reason - she can have my San Fran and I gonna upgrade to this

Cheer OP!

Hey, OP- if i go for the 6months cashback deal instead of the autocashback of £110, than 6 x 21.50=129
so it will make your deal cheaper by another £19 so you getting the handset for £93. Am i correct?

and what do you mean by ''4. Fill in O2 cashback forms and send in the post. (30mins) ''? is this for the auto cashback?
Edited by: "urinthematrix" 24th Dec 2011

One more thing- is the handset locked to O2?
If so how did u unlock? Easy?

DAP handsets are always unlocked. and if it isnt thn O2 will unlock it free of charge

mgk

One more thing- is the handset locked to O2?If so how did u unlock? Easy?


appreciate the very good explanation put into the thread. deal is good aswell, voted hot. for sony best phone on the market, amazingly cheap.

Original Poster

urinthematrix

Hey, OP- if i go for the 6months cashback deal, than 6 x 21.50=129 so it … Hey, OP- if i go for the 6months cashback deal, than 6 x 21.50=129 so it will make your deal cheaper by another £19 so you getting the handset for £93. Am i correct?and what do you mean by ''4. Fill in O2 cashback forms and send in the post. (30mins) ''? is this for the auto cashback?



If you were to go for the cheaper deal with the 4 months free, you would have to send Dialaphone your contract bill every 6 months of the contract to get the cashback paid. The reason why this offer is so good is because it's "Automatic cashback", you buy the contract and the cheque comes through the post without you having to do anything.

Also, taking a redemption cashback deal adds an extra risk. If the company goes bankrupt before you claim all of the cashback, you will lose some, if not all of it.

The forms I was talking about, to save £25, is a promotion that is being run by Sony Ericsson themselves. They require you to fill in a form to prove you have purchased the phone within the dates on their promotion. See the first reply to this deal for the links to the information on that.

Edited by: "pete1993" 24th Dec 2011

Original Poster

urinthematrix

DAP handsets are always unlocked. and if it isnt thn O2 will unlock it … DAP handsets are always unlocked. and if it isnt thn O2 will unlock it free of charge



Yep.

Comes factory unlocked.

this a single core processor?

Hasn't this deal been posted numerous times here?

Original Poster

bittergeek

Hasn't this deal been posted numerous times here?



For the next 6 days, this is potentially £25 cheaper than the same deals posted previously.

Edited by: "pete1993" 24th Dec 2011

Original Poster

tragictramp

this a single core processor?



Full specs can be found Here.

True

pete1993

Found it posted previously, at a more expensive price.Has never been … Found it posted previously, at a more expensive price.Has never been posted at £112, because the £25 Sony cashback hasn't been available before.


when do you get the auto cashback?
just thinking if this phone is good enough to use as my 2nd phone, i got plenty of tmobile sims to use lol

Sadly the downgrade is at half of contract length
I got this from o2 website:
Can I change my tariff at a later date?
You can only downgrade your tariff once you’re at least halfway through your contract. You can only downgrade your tariff once during your contract period.
service.o2.co.uk/IQ/…ion,question=ref(User):str(Mobile),CASE=36012

I have heard about the 9 months rule too but can not see anything black and white. Does anyone have any written evidence where it states 9months? link or photo will be useful, thanks

any idea on how the £110 autocashback is paid and how long that will take

Original Poster

tragictramp

when do you get the auto cashback?just thinking if this phone is good … when do you get the auto cashback?just thinking if this phone is good enough to use as my 2nd phone, i got plenty of tmobile sims to use lol



Here's a quote from Dialaphone. If you go to the deal on their website and click on the "£110 Automatic Cashback" box on the deal, you get this;

"£110.00 automatic cashback!

With this offer there's no need to claim your cashback! We will automatically pay you via cheque 22 days after your peace of mind period. There's no catch and no special conditions. You just get your cash to enjoy!"

For me, the cheque was posted 22 days after purchase, although you need to give it time to arrive.

cheers im in lazy mode, i did find it myself, ill stop harassing now lol

pete1993

Here's a quote from Dialaphone. If you go to the deal on their website … Here's a quote from Dialaphone. If you go to the deal on their website and click on the "£110 Automatic Cashback" box on the deal, you get this;"£110.00 automatic cashback!With this offer there's no need to claim your cashback! We will automatically pay you via cheque 22 days after your peace of mind period. There's no catch and no special conditions. You just get your cash to enjoy!"For me, the cheque was posted 22 days after purchase, although you need to give it time to arrive.


Original Poster

urinthematrix

Sadly the downgrade is at half of contract length :(I got this from o2 … Sadly the downgrade is at half of contract length :(I got this from o2 website:Can I change my tariff at a later date?You can only downgrade your tariff once you’re at least halfway through your contract. You can only downgrade your tariff once during your contract period. http://service.o2.co.uk/IQ/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE?New,Kb=Companion,question=ref(User):str(Mobile),CASE=36012I have heard about the 9 months rule too but can not see anything black and white. Does anyone have any written evidence where it states 9months? link or photo will be useful, thanks



Haven't got access to my camera at the moment, can take a photo of my contract tomorrow and upload it.

The contract I received stated 9 months. It's an extra £15 if it's 12 months.

It's not guaranteed though, they might have changed their contract.

Original Poster

The Arc S is Dialaphones best selling phone on O2.

Not surprised at this price.

OP, whats the camera like on this? i knw its 8mp but on xperia x10 its was 8mp too and quality was awful. Currently using nokia n8- its a 12mp and takes great photo, but I want to move to android which can take great pictures too!

whats the speed like in general usage? ive had a sensation, galaxy s, galaxy s 2, iphone 4 and my mains an iphone 4s
cant you pay the contract off early and still get the phone ultra cheap?
Edited by: "tragictramp" 24th Dec 2011

Original Poster

urinthematrix

OP, whats the camera like on this? i knw its 8mp but on xperia x10 its … OP, whats the camera like on this? i knw its 8mp but on xperia x10 its was 8mp too and quality was awful. Currently using nokia n8- its a 12mp and takes great photo, but I want to move to android which can take great pictures too!



Camera is average. Personally I havent used it enough to really give you an idea of how good it is, I have a camera that I use for taking photos.

Edited by: "pete1993" 25th Dec 2011

Original Poster

tragictramp

whats the speed like in general usage? ive had a sensation, galaxy s, … whats the speed like in general usage? ive had a sensation, galaxy s, galaxy s 2, iphone 4 and my mains an iphone 4scant you pay the contract off early and still get the phone ultra cheap?



Phone is significantly fastr than a Galaxy s, about the same as an I Phone 4. Thats just my opinion though, might be different for other people. If its the phone you are wanting info on, I suggest looking at Youtube reviews or reviews on sites like gsmarena, will give you more information than I could ever give you.

Great find OP - props (and heat) to you!

n8 has the best camera by far, but the arc s camera is pretty good, it does have a camera button too, but its not as nice to use as a nokia button

Original Poster

urinthematrix

Sadly the downgrade is at half of contract length :(I got this from o2 … Sadly the downgrade is at half of contract length :(I got this from o2 website:Can I change my tariff at a later date?You can only downgrade your tariff once you’re at least halfway through your contract. You can only downgrade your tariff once during your contract period. http://service.o2.co.uk/IQ/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE?New,Kb=Companion,question=ref(User):str(Mobile),CASE=36012I have heard about the 9 months rule too but can not see anything black and white. Does anyone have any written evidence where it states 9months? link or photo will be useful, thanks



I've added the photo of my contract into the first post.

Here's a copy of it as well.

http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx134/Pete1993/IMG_1281.jpg

Original Poster

Orcinus_orca

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/white-xperia-arc-s-24-months-21-50-o2-dial-a-phone-possible-total-152-1059687MY deal!!



YOUR deal = £152.

MY deal = £112.

(_;)

nonsense

Nice deal, the only thing I am concerned is autocashback, wouldnt Dial-a-phone will oppose the downgrading the contract after 9 months because they are paying an autocashback provided you stay on same tariffe for 24 months?

Great deal and thanks for the full explanation.

Nice deal, the only thing I am concerned is autocashback, wouldnt Dial-a-phone will oppose the downgrading the contract after 9 months because they are paying an autocashback provided you stay on same tariffe for 24 months?

Original Poster

maxz

Nice deal, the only thing I am concerned is autocashback, wouldnt … Nice deal, the only thing I am concerned is autocashback, wouldnt Dial-a-phone will oppose the downgrading the contract after 9 months because they are paying an autocashback provided you stay on same tariffe for 24 months?



Talked to Dialaphone before purchasing. They told me that they get paid a fixed amount for connecting you to the contract, although the contract is with O2, and if O2 let you downgrade/remove bolt on, etc, then that is up to them. They don't lose anything if you do that, so there isn't a problem.

Automatic cashback is paid within the first month, so won't have a problem receiving it after 9 months because you already have it.
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