O2 Refresh Sony Xperia Z5 Compact (free unlock)
270°Expired

O2 Refresh Sony Xperia Z5 Compact (free unlock)

£277.99O2 Deals
28
Found 26th Mar 2016
Best small flagship if you don't like Apple. I paid £ 300 2 months back. Phone cost £ 277.99 = £ 109.99 + £ 7*24

Pick the £ 28.50 a month tariff. Pay £ 109.99 upfront. Pay off the remaining £ 168 by phoning up O2 and cancelling the contract. You'll never have to pay for the phone tariff if you've paid off the phone and not used anything.

Unlock can be done for free o2.co.uk/hel…ork
Community Updates
O2 DealsO2 voucher

Groups

28 Comments
Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked bootloader too (for those who care).
misterleoni

Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked … Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked bootloader too (for those who care).



​i totally agree
Bought the black version from mobiles.co.uk yesterday and I think I got a hotter deal.

£40 upfront (as there is a Bank Holiday £10 off voucher - MARPAY16) and £14 per month for 24 months on Vodaphone. Ok, so it's only 250mb data, 300 mins and unlimited txts, but that suits hubby's needs and it only works out at £376 total.

So I'm getting 24 months of service for £98 more than just paying for the phone on this deal. If you need more data or calls, I'd recommend checking out mobiles.co.uk before purchasing direct from the service provider. It's always worked out considerably cheaper for me.

Would agree with the OP that it's a great phone though. Teenage son has the Z5 Premium and we've all been VERY impressed. For once, Dad is taking the teenager's advice!
Lady3jane

Bought the black version from mobiles.co.uk yesterday and I think I got a … Bought the black version from mobiles.co.uk yesterday and I think I got a hotter deal. £40 upfront (as there is a Bank Holiday £10 off voucher - MARPAY16) and £14 per month for 24 months on Vodaphone. Ok, so it's only 250mb data, 300 mins and unlimited txts, but that suits hubby's needs and it only works out at £376 total. So I'm getting 24 months of service for £98 more than just paying for the phone on this deal. If you need more data or calls, I'd recommend checking out mobiles.co.uk before purchasing direct from the service provider. It's always worked out considerably cheaper for me. Would agree with the OP that it's a great phone though. Teenage son has the Z5 Premium and we've all been VERY impressed. For once, Dad is taking the teenager's advice!



Some people don't want 24m contracts though.
misterleoni

Some people don't want 24m contracts though.



Fair enough, but in my case I'm only going to be paying 4 quid ish a month for the service so if I really want a new deal before the end of the 24 months it's not going to break the bank. Just wanted to point out there might be better deals out there.
Lady3jane

Fair enough, but in my case I'm only going to be paying 4 quid ish a … Fair enough, but in my case I'm only going to be paying 4 quid ish a month for the service so if I really want a new deal before the end of the 24 months it's not going to break the bank. Just wanted to point out there might be better deals out there.



I can afford contracts but I prefer not to get them. Just a choice thing - some people would rather just buy things there and then. In my case, I swap phones so often that if I get a contract I've invariably sold the phone and squandered the proceeds 18 months before the phone contract runs out.
misterleoni

Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked … Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked bootloader too (for those who care).


Just start up O2 logo and nothing else, it is not like Orange in old days.
I did this with my Z3, it was such an enormous hassle. I paid the contract in full as soon as I received the phone (I had already confirmed with O2 customer services that there would be no airtime charge if I did this), I asked about unlocking it and they told me to go in store to do that. I went to my local shop and they just looked at me all blank and said they couldn't do that, they then told me I'd have to make a call on the phone to activate it on the network before I could unlock it! I called customer services back there and then and they were arguing with the shop assistant for a few minutes before telling me that I needed a sim card (I'd thrown it away as they had told me I didn't need it!). So I waited for them to send me another and in the mean time had 2 calls from them a day saying my payment for the airtime contract hadn't gone through (it was already showing on my bank statement), so I insisted that it had! The sim arrived, I made a call and then asked for the unlock which took 24 hours and then received a first monthly bill for the airtime contract!? After a few days querying this they cancelled this for nothing. I then spent around a week or so of calling them to convince them that I'd paid for the airtime contract before it was all agreed. Horrendous, truly horrendous.
rodman

Just start up O2 logo and nothing else, it is not like Orange in old days.



I know, but those who don't want that, or might want to root to extent its lifespan might want to just pay the extra few quid for an unlocked one, rather than going through the hassle of this.
*extend
I had a nightmare with O2 trying this on an iPhone. Lots of time making calls to sort it all out. A few days after i'd paid for the phone and cancelled the airtime they debited 440 quid out of my account for the remaining 24 months airtime. Although they admitted the mistake, I was told it would take 14 days to refund. All sorted in the end but not worth the hassle.
grayslick

I had a nightmare with O2 trying this on an iPhone. Lots of time making … I had a nightmare with O2 trying this on an iPhone. Lots of time making calls to sort it all out. A few days after i'd paid for the phone and cancelled the airtime they debited 440 quid out of my account for the remaining 24 months airtime. Although they admitted the mistake, I was told it would take 14 days to refund. All sorted in the end but not worth the hassle.


Yep not worth the hassle to save £ 20 for the iPhone. iPhone SE is £ 420 on O2 Refresh vs. £ 439 direct from Apple. Could work on Android phones if they could be up to £ 100 cheaper than RRP.
misterleoni

Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked … Not sure this is worth the hassle. Will have O2 branding and a locked bootloader too (for those who care).


It's unlockable for free once you've paid it off. o2.co.uk/hel…ork
tehriddler

It's unlockable for free once you've paid it off. … It's unlockable for free once you've paid it off. http://www.o2.co.uk/help/phones-sims-and-devices/unlocking-an-o2-mobile-to-use-on-a-different-network



Locked bootloader means you can't flash any other ROMs onto it. You're thinking of unlocked in terms of the SIM unlock status. This will of course get updates slower than a SIM free one too.
Like some others ive had hassle with o2 refresh, double charged me when i paid it off early. even affected my credit rating took months to remove, ended up forking out extra money to pay for experian.

All in all not worth it.
mwoodger

I did this with my Z3, it was such an enormous hassle. I paid the … I did this with my Z3, it was such an enormous hassle. I paid the contract in full as soon as I received the phone (I had already confirmed with O2 customer services that there would be no airtime charge if I did this), I asked about unlocking it and they told me to go in store to do that. I went to my local shop and they just looked at me all blank and said they couldn't do that, they then told me I'd have to make a call on the phone to activate it on the network before I could unlock it! I called customer services back there and then and they were arguing with the shop assistant for a few minutes before telling me that I needed a sim card (I'd thrown it away as they had told me I didn't need it!). So I waited for them to send me another and in the mean time had 2 calls from them a day saying my payment for the airtime contract hadn't gone through (it was already showing on my bank statement), so I insisted that it had! The sim arrived, I made a call and then asked for the unlock which took 24 hours and then received a first monthly bill for the airtime contract!? After a few days querying this they cancelled this for nothing. I then spent around a week or so of calling them to convince them that I'd paid for the airtime contract before it was all agreed. Horrendous, truly horrendous.


I've done this twice with O2;(HTC M8 and then a Z3 9 months later). I didn't have any major issues both times. Luckily someone on here put detailed instructions of the process.

I had one CS advisor say that I couldn't get an unlock codevafter paying. I just hung up and spokevto another CS who sent the code.

You will have to put the sim in the phone and pay forvat least one day of service. Never had any issues with overcharging as the unused monthly charges were always refunded.

Heat for the deal. But I will hold out for the Z5 for £204 which is what I paid for the Z3 on the O2 refresh deal last July.
Voted hot, but wouldn't do this myself since I want a Z5 with an unlockable bootloader.
Bought this phone a couple of weeks ago from Foniacs via eBay. T'was a bargain at £269.99 including free delivery, and the phone is sim free and unlocked.

Having had the Z1 Compact and the Z3 Compact and being very happy with both, I wasn't sure I could justifying upgrading to this one. However, I'm really glad I did! Battery life is immense and the phone is fast and highly responsive.

If you can afford it, buy it...even through this deal which seems to be reasonably priced but a bit of a hassle!!
uswitch.com/mob…ler


Or how about this deal?

Is the phone very fragile with glass case both sides?
Ensure the Sim/Handset/Free gift has not been used (use signifies acceptance of your
contract).

So this means you can't test it out to see if you like it then?

Edited by: "katestewart9279" 27th Mar 2016
How about this Deal on Uswitch.
uswitch.com/mob…e0f?
Edited by moderator: "Mar 27, 2016 18:14" 27th Mar 2016
Geeman49

How about this Deal on … How about this Deal on Uswitch.http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/contract_deal/f320a2d61404903e60e3be9ea01041119df19e0f?


I've just posted that above??!!
You can't try the handset otherwise its classed as contracted and non returnable!

What is this phone like to anyone that has it plz?
the phone is so fast, even the uss enterprise can't keep up with it...
Jacob_Kreed

the phone is so fast, even the uss enterprise can't keep up with it...


Ha ha. Is it easily breakable with its glass front and back?
katestewart9279

Ha ha. Is it easily breakable with its glass front and back?



​yeap don't I know it.... second phone
I'd rather spend £23 more and get it sim free unlocked form Amazon who currently sell it for £301.
Jacob_Kreed

​yeap don't I know it.... second phone



Maybe I should get a more robust phone. Not that I drop my phone a lot but I've read these phones shatter easily.
grayslick

I had a nightmare with O2 trying this on an iPhone. Lots of time making … I had a nightmare with O2 trying this on an iPhone. Lots of time making calls to sort it all out. A few days after i'd paid for the phone and cancelled the airtime they debited 440 quid out of my account for the remaining 24 months airtime. Although they admitted the mistake, I was told it would take 14 days to refund. All sorted in the end but not worth the hassle.



Very similar experience when I bought the S6. Got a cheap phone out of it, & it all seemed to go really smoothly until I got a £400 bill. It took about 3 months to sort.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text