O2 Debuts £15/Month Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Via CPW

Telefonica-owned O2 has partnered with Carphone Warehouse to launch UK's cheapest deal on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, which many consider as a serious rival to Apple's iPhone 3G.

For £15 per month, you get unlimited texts and 100 minutes anytime to any network, a touchscreen smartphone with a 3.2 Megapixel camera, a 3.2-inch display, a built in Satnav and a 8GB microSD Card.

There are also claims that Carphone Warehouse is also offering the PAYG version of the phone for £200 which is reportedly unlocked and can be used on many networks.

Prospective customers will have to sign up for a 24 month contract which bumps the total price of the contract to £360 which is marginally more than for a PAYG Apple iPhone.

T-Mobile has a similar deal available through a third party website (100 minutes, unlimited text, 24 months contract) available under the Combi £15 package and comes with 3 months free insurance.

Surprisingly, both deals are not available through the mobile phone networks' websites. Vodafone also sells the red version of the Nokia 5800 smartphone for £20 but with only 100 minutes and 50 texts and will be offering the blue version as an exclusive.

Orange also has the phone available for £35 per month on its Dolphin 18 month package. This means that only Three is not currently carrying the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

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Our Comments

Carphone Warehouse's offer is particularly enticing given the fact that the O2 package can be used to grab many O2 bonuses like their award winning 8mbps home broadband that costs only £7.34 per month for O2 customers. It doesn't surprise us though that O2 doesn't offer the

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