Orange Gets £400 PAYG HTC Desire Black Edition

The HTC Desire has gone on sale at Carphonewarehouse where it is available on three different networks - Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone - for as little as £30 per month.

The best CPW deal has to be T-Mobile's which offers 900 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited internet on a 24-months contract besting the other two networks at CPW. Note though that it is a web-only deal.

Orange will also be one of the few to stock a PAYG version of the HTC superphone. At £409.95 including a £10 top up, it is not as expensive as one might have expected.

Still, there are much better deals. The phone is available from Insight for as little as £394 unlocked. T-Mobile itself will sell the phone direct with a TCO of £404 spread over 24 months on a deal that gives you 100 minutes, 100 texts, unlimited internet and a choice of flexible boosters.

Last but not least, Buymobilephones is selling the HTC Desire For £25 per month on an 18-month contract with 300 minutes, 300 texts and unlimited data which brings the TCO to a mere £450.

The France-Telecom owned mobile operator has also announced that it will be offering an exclusive black version of the HTC Desire which, we suspect is as irrelevant as the operator's claims last week that it would get an "exclusive" white version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

Our Comments

The HTC Desire is one of the most talked about phone of 2010 and its launch in the UK is set to come ahead of that of Google's Nexus One. This is despite the fact that the latter was launched well before the HTC Desire.

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