So it took T-Mobile less that 24 hours to render my last post about the HTC Desire almost entirely useless – they’ve changed all their price plans.
So now the entry level tariff is £15 a month, not £10, and the handset price has taken a hefty hike. Instead of £164, it’s now £226. So my previous calculations are all wrong. If you want an 18-month contract at £15 per month, the total cost to you is now £496. If you’re prepared to put up with the phone for 2 years, then you can have 300 voice minutes instead of 100 and only pay £191 for the phone (total cost £551). These prices, needless to say, are still substantially lower than the iPhone, but they’re not quite as marked as they were.
To throw another spanner into the works, I’ve had some quality time with the Desire’s rival sibling, the HTC Legend – and let me tell you, that phone is quite something. Although the specs aren’t quite as high as on the Desire, the interface and OS are identical and the big plus point is the beautiful aluminium construction. Add in the fact that it’s smaller, more pocketable and cheaper, and there really is now a genuine contest for my affections. It is, however, exclusive to Vodafone, and only on a 24 month contract. It is only £20 per month though, and with a free handset (total cost: £480 for 100 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited internet).
From reading a few forums, people have been getting some very good deals on both phones by dealing with Vodafone’s web relations team directly (getting hold of them is a bit of a convoluted process) so if I can secure either the Legend or the Desire for less than the standard prices, then I’ll be ordering immediately. I’m awaiting their phone call any time now…