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During the upcoming weekend Vodafone will offer good prices for some of their PAYG phones in their bricks-and-mortar shops.
Vodafone decided to have a sale of their a bit older handsets. The mobile phones on offer are Nokia Asha 300, Blackberry Curve 9320 and Huawei G510. None of these are brand new models as they have been present in the market for at least year, but the prices Vodafone offers are competitive.
Nokia Asha 300 is a light and classic phone good for basic functionality. You can’t expect much of it, but it has all modern features and applications. Normal price of Asha 300 is around £89, but Vodafone will offer it for just £50, which is almost half price.
Next phone on offer is Blackberry Curve 9320 which is one of the cheapest Blackberries available so if you want to get into BBM but don’t have too much money to spend than this is your phone. Vodafone will charge £70 for this Blackberry, which is a little bit lower than the best offer available (£70 at Tesco Mobile).
Finally, the youngest out of those oldies is Huawei Ascend G510 that costs £90. While the price is comparable to the competition, the phone comes with pay as you go SIM card with £10 credit on it. The design of this smartphone leaves a lot to wish for, but for such price you won’t find a phone with 4.5 inch screen.
It seems that Vodafone wants to clear its stocks and possibly hand out some PAYG SIM cards with hope that some new pay as you go customers will be lured by this deal.
Giffgaff has officially decided to start offering mobile phones to their customers and plan to test the market during the Christmas period. The official launch will be held early in 2014.
The MVNO “run by You” has been recently quickly developing as its customer base is constantly growing and the operator is acclaimed in the industry (Best MVNO award in 2012). Nevertheless, there are customers who leave the operator and 8 out of 10 say that this is due to their need of a new phone. To meet the expectations of customers, the provider decided to start having handsets in their offer. There are no details about when this will happen, but Mike Fairman, Giffgaff CEO, said that they plan to have some handsets on offer during the Christmas period and a full launch will happen somewhere at the beginning of 2014. We still don’t know what handsets are going to be available, but the MVNO’s CEO said that the product range will include around 23 handsets from major manufacturers like Samsung, Nokia and HTC. They also plan to offer iPhones but it is yet not clear which models and whether they will have them in stock from day one.
However, what we know from their official website is that they will not introduce contracts and will remain focused only on PAYG SIM cards. Additionally, the provider will not lock its phones to either O2 or giffgaff (Giffgaff is owned by O2 UK) and there are no price hikes in plans. The operator is consulting its customers on how the offer should look like and what sales model they will employ to motivate customers to buy handsets from them.
We will provide you with more details as soon as there is some official data about the product range and pricing.
Since July 12 Virgin Media has a smartphone PAYG SIM card deal for just £50. It is an Android-based smartphone called the Kis from ZTE, a Chinese phone maker that is entering the British market. Technically the price is 60 pounds because you need to pay 10 quids for Virgin PAYG SIM card top up. Nevertheless, it is a low price for an Android phone. The ZTE Kis might not be the top-notch smartphone but it certainly delivers all smartphone capabilities. The phone’s OS is Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 3.5 inch screen and 3.2 megapixel camera. It has only 512MB of memory but thanks to SD slot it can be maxed up to 32GB. To give good smartphone experience to PAYG customers Virgin Media is offering 1GB of free data for 12 months as an extra if they top up £15 each month. It seems that Virgin wants to lure PAYG customers who want to get a smartphone cheaply without signing a contract. Whether the Kis will help Virgin Media increase its pay as you go customers base is yet to be seen, but definitely it puts a pressure on other mobile operators to provide cheap smartphones in their PAYG SIM card deals.
Link to ZTE Kis deal and specs: http://www.virginmobile.com/vm/viewProduct.do?productId=14915523