Sony Ericsson Xperia Play White £15.32 pm @ Dialaphone
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play White £15.32 pm @ Dialaphone

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Found 25th Jan 2012
I see this as an ideal contract phone for children. The contract is on T-Mobile and comes with 300 minutes, 300 texts and 512Mb Data Booster which is effectively unlimited by T-Mobile who don’t charge or prevent access to the Internet once the 512Mb limit is reached – they simply cut-off streaming. The contract is for 24 months and there is a possible £50.50 cashback through TopCashBack. If you are already a Dialaphone customer, get your spouse or partner to order and there is a further £20 “refer a friend” which is paid 28 days after the initial return period (7 days).

The Xperia Play contains a slide out Playstation style gamepad and so is ideal for anyone looking to play games on their phone. However, it is also a very capable Android smartphone which will be receiving ICS and has an excellent screen. The phone, whilst thicker than some of the Androids out there, is still quite svelte. Unlike some phones, it looks better in white than black.

My son mainly uses his phone for the internet and so I either needed a contract with T-Mobile who don’t charge when you go over, Tesco who will cut-off the internet when you hit your limit or Three / Giff-Gaff who provide unlimited internet options. The phone can be purchased locked to O2 for £149.99 but obtaining a suitable SIM to put into the phone was more expensive than the T-Mobile contract. Overall, my TCB has tracked and my refer a friend has been confirmed, so I am paying £297.18 over 24 months. Not bad for a phone which still costs £500 on PAYG from Carphone Warehouse. If you want to go even cheaper and 100 minutes / Texts will suffice, Dialaphone are offering the same contract with £20 automatic cashback at the same price per month. Personally, I think it’s worth getting the extra minutes and texts for the sake of £20.
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smykuk

£500?? It was posted here for £150 on o2 pay as you go



If you read the description, I have said it is available for £149.99 from O2. It may be a better option for some people but if you need effectively unlimited internet, the T-Mobile contract works out better.
Personally i would suggest getting this phone on pay as you go for £150-£200 and taking out a sim only contract.

hotukdeals.com/dea…944
Edited by: "Jiming" 25th Jan 2012
£300 over 2 years is ok actually. I bought one for 150 and have a £10 a month pay and go sim with 300 texts and 500mb internet plus the credit to use for calls. So effectively I'll be paying 240 plus 150 over 2 years. Not sure my phone is going to last 2 years though.

Edit: I agree with above post. You can get some good sim only deals from giff gaff etc, not sure why I don't do that.
Edited by: "ollieh1" 25th Jan 2012
Jiming

Personally i would suggest getting this phone on pay as you go for … Personally i would suggest getting this phone on pay as you go for £150-£200 and taking out a sim only contract. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/several-cheap-cheerful-sim-only-deals-giving-mins-txts-data-various-suppliers-1110944



The Thread you quote has a price of £6.04 following cashback for the T-Mobile Sim only on this deal. Even assuming you can repeat the cashback trick after 12 months, this gives a SIM cost of £144.96 over 24 months. Assuming I could unlock the O2 PAYG for free, this still gives a total cost of £294.95 over 24 months. - a saving of £2.23 with the risk that there won't be the same cashback deals after 12 months and the hassle / posible cost of unlocking the phone.
Personally i paid phone: £150.00
12 Month Contract: (SIM300 £5.46/mo) £65.52

= £215.52 and im not tied into a 24 month contract.

I still think your deal is pretty good but, i would rather do it seperately to be honest.
Got this phone for 150.00. very responsive, and buy the sony dock, cant see myself getting rid of of this phone, unless I can get a dual core with bigger screen for 150.00 ... LOL
Edited by: "canada16" 25th Jan 2012
It's a good deal if you trust the TCB tracking.

If it doesn't track then it's 15.32*24 = 367.67 less 150 for realistic value of phone giving 217.68 or 9.07 a month for service. On that basis I'd prefer say giffgaff at £10 pm and no contract as I no longer make purchases based on cashbacks.

Not voting though.



Just get it on o2 and get giffgaff.
pot_belly

It's a good deal if you trust the TCB tracking.If it doesn't track then … It's a good deal if you trust the TCB tracking.If it doesn't track then it's 15.32*24 = 367.67 less 150 for realistic value of phone giving 217.68 or 9.07 a month for service. On that basis I'd prefer say giffgaff at £10 pm and no contract as I no longer make purchases based on cashbacks.Not voting though.



I have always found TCB to be reliable but do understand why some people are cautious. As stated in my post, some people will find PAYG to be the better option but everyone is different and in my case, I prefer to have a contract that meets my kids needs and doesn't need to be changed regularly. For myself, I have gone down the SIM Free phone with SIM only contract route as I can understand the limits on the contracts and am happy to put in the work every 6 months or so to ensure I'm on the best deal. I just don't want to do that for all 4 phones in my household - the 24 month contract is actually a plus point to me.
eroticsnow

Just get it on o2 and get giffgaff.



£385 versus £297?
if it were for kids,i would buy them a mobile separately and chose a payg option.
mobile contracts are dangerous than credit cards and kids could easily rack up hundreds or thousands of pounds of bill.....
to avoid the surprises, i would buy this mobile on payg and then get them a giff gaff even if its a bit expensive than this
baldude

if it were for kids,i would buy them a mobile separately and chose a payg … if it were for kids,i would buy them a mobile separately and chose a payg option.mobile contracts are dangerous than credit cards and kids could easily rack up hundreds or thousands of pounds of bill.....to avoid the surprises, i would buy this mobile on payg and then get them a giff gaff even if its a bit expensive than this


Good point. I can trust my kids providing they know what is happening - something that is difficult to do with data. However, the Giff-Gaff option is definitely safer.

I can see that the deal has gone icey cold and so most people think I have chosen the wrong option. I suppose time will tell but I still think £150 for the phone + £147 for 2 years unlimited internet and all the minutes / texts needed is a pretty good deal.
The o2 deal is now finished so this could be the best deal out there!
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