So, what can you offer me for £25 a month? - the conclusion

One Mobile Ring began a feature last week where we started to compare all the leading mobile phone networks £25 a month tariffs, with what minutes they offer, what text message and data allowances accompany that contract. Along with just comparing all of those details, we also took into account the mobile phones that are offered as part and parcel of that plan with a view to find the best deal of them all.

The basis of this feature is still choosing a contract and a handset can be a minefield for anyone - even for the most knowledgeable and thoroughly researched consumer.

One Mobile Ring aims to guide you through this minefield, with this round-up of what a network can offer for £25 a month.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has three 24-month plans and two 18 month plans, on £25.54 contracts. The first 18-month tariff is accompanied by 600 minutes, with a 500 text message allowance and a number of extras. The optional extras are an unlimited text booster, internet booster, unlimited landline talk booster, unlimited T-Moble talk booster, euro talk and text booster, Europe and Australasia talk, USA and Canada talk booster - where any one of them can be added, or taken away whenever needed.

There are 11 mobile phones to choose from with this plan, these are the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Samsung Monte, Nokia C5, Samsung Galaxy Apollo, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, LG Optimus One Navigation Edition, Nokia 5230 Ovi Music Unlimited, HTC Wildfire, Nokia C3 Touch & Type, Sony Ericsson Vivaz and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8.

The second 18-month contract comes with 300 minutes and 300 minutes, with the same extras. There are just four handsets with this plan, which are the Nokia C6, BlackBerry Curve 9300, Motorola Defy, BlackBerry Curve and the 9300 Smoky Violet.

T-Mobile's first £25.54, 24-month tariff has 900 minutes, 500 text messages and those possible extras. There are 17 free phones to choose from with this tariff, these are the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Nokia 6700, Samsung Monte (S5620), Nokia C5, HTC Wildfire, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Samsung Galaxy Apollo, Nokia C6, BlackBerry Curve 9300, LG Optimus One Navigation Edition, Motorola Defy, Nokia 5230 Ovi Music Unlimited, BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Nokia C3 Touch & Type, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and the BlackBerry Curve 9300 Smoky Violet.

The second 24-month plan is accompanied by 300 minutes and 300 text messages, with unlimited internet access and the same extras as before. Eleven mobiles are available on this contract: the Nokia E72, Nokia 6700 Gold, Nokia C6, HTC HD Mini with Co-Pilot, BlackBerry Curve 9300, BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Nokia C7, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, BlackBerry Bold 9780 Black, BlackBerry Bold 9780 White and the BlackBerry Curve 9300 Smoky Violet.

T-Mobile's last £25.54 over 24-month tariff is accompanied by 600 minutes and 500 text messages, with just two mobile phones in the Nokia C7 and the Sony Ericsson X10.

The mobile phone network also offers a 30 day SIM only and a 365 day version too, which arrives with 900 minutes and 1200 minutes - both of which have a 500 text message bundle, with those same optional extras as the 24 and 18 month plans.

O2

O2 has as standard £25.53, 24-month tariff, which has 300 minutes attached and unlimited text messages. This also arrives with a bolt on of either unlimited O2 to O2 calls, unlimited landline calls or a 500MB data allowance. There are 22 mobile phones to selecte from with this plan, which are the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, LG Optimus GT540, Nokia X6, Samsung Wave 723, Nokia C5, Samsung Wave, Samsung Monte, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, HTC Smart Black, Sony Ericsson W995, Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, Sony Ericsson Elm, Nokia 6700, Nokia 6700 Slide Silver, Nokia 6700 Slide Pink, Nokia 2330 Classic, Samsung Pixon 8, Nokia 2730 Classic, Nokia C3-00 Graphite, Nokia C3-01, Samsung Solid Immerse and the Samsung Galaxy Europa.

There is also a 24-month smart phone plan, which has 100 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 500MB data allowance. Seven handsets come with this contact, the Samsung Galaxy S Refurb, HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Nokia E5, Nokia C7 and Sony Ericsson X10 Refurbed model.

O2 has another £25.53, 24-month Blackberry tariff and is accompanied by 500 minutes, unlimited text messages, a 500MB data allowance, with WIFI and unlimited calls to O2 phone numbers. There are nine RIM devices available to choose from with this plan, these are the BlackBerry Curve 8520 Purple, BlackBerry Curve 8520 Black, BlackBerry Curve 9300 Black, BlackBerry Storm2 Refurb, BlackBerry Storm2, BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry Pearl 9105 Purple, BlackBerry Pearl 9105 Black and BlackBerry Curve 9300 Purple.

Orange

Orange has three £26 mobile phone tariffs, which are over 24 months and three 18-month contracts on £25.53 a month.

The Dolphin 25 18-month plan arrives with 100 minutes, an unlimited text message and email bundle, along with a 250MB data allowance. Twenty-four handset accompany this Dolphin 25 deal, which are the HTC Wildfire Black Edition, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Lime, Nokia E5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition, Nokia 2730 in black and silver, Samsung Wave S8500, Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 Black, Nokia C3 Touch and Type, San Francisco from Orange in grey, Nokia X3 Touch and Type, LG Optimus One, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Black, San Francisco from Orange in white, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 White, HTC Desire Black Edition, Samsung Omnia 7, LG Optimus 7, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Desire HD Chocolate, HTC Desire HD Black, Nokia 2330 in silver, Nokia 6303i, Nokia N8

Orange's Canary 25 £25.53 a month , 18-month plan has 200 minutes attached and unlimited text messages. There are 22 handsets to choose from, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, BlackBerry Curve 8520 Silver, BlackBerry Curve 8520, San Francisco from Orange in white, BlackBerry Pearl 9105, LG Optimus One, Nokia X3 Touch and Type, San Francisco from Orange in grey, Nokia C3 Touch and Type, Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 Black, Sony Ericsson Elm, , Nokia 2730 in black and silver, Doro PhoneEasy, Samsung B2710, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition, Nokia E5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Lime, Sony Ericsson Zylo, LG Optimus in Silver, Samsung Monte S5620, HTC Wildfire Black Edition, Nokia 6303i and the Nokia 2330 in silver.

The final 18 month long tariff is the Racoon 25, which is accompanied by 200 minutes, 300 text messages and unlimited calls to land lines. Twenty-two Sony mobile phones are available with this plan, from the Ericsson Xperia X8, BlackBerry Curve 8520 Silver, BlackBerry Curve 8520, San Francisco from Orange in white, BlackBerry Pearl 9105, LG Optimus One, San Francisco from Orange in grey, Nokia C3 Touch and Type, , Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 Black, Sony Ericsson Elm, Nokia 2730 in black and silver, Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm, Samsung B2710, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition, Nokia E5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Lime, Sony Ericsson Zylo, LG Optimus in Silver, Samsung Monte S5620, HTC Wildfire Black Edition, Nokia 6303i, to the Nokia 2330 in silver.

Orange's first 24-month, £26 a month contract is also known as Dolphin 25 - which features 300 minutes and unlimited text and emails, with a 250MB data allowance. There are 16 phones to choose from with this plan, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, LG Optimus One, Nokia X3 Touch and Type, San Francisco from Orange in grey, Nokia C3 Touch and Type, Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 Black, Sony Ericsson Elm, Nokia 2730 in black and silver, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition, Nokia E5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Lime, Samsung Monte S5620, HTC Wildfire Black Edition, Nokia 6303i, Nokia 2330 in silver.

The Canary 25, is a £26 a month tariff and has 400 minutes with unlimited text messages. Twenty-three handsets are available on this plan, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, BlackBerry Curve 8520 Silver, BlackBerry Curve 8520, San Francisco from Orange in white, BlackBerry Pearl 9105, LG Optimus One, Nokia X3 Touch and Type, San Francisco from Orange in grey, Nokia C3 Touch and Type, Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 Black, Sony Ericsson Elm, Nokia 2730 in black and silver, Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm, Samsung B2710, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition, Nokia E5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Lime, Sony Ericsson Zylo, LG Optimus in Silver, Samsung Monte S5620, HTC Wildfire Black Edition, Nokia 6303i and the Nokia 2330 in silver.

Orange's last 24-month contract arrives with 400 minutes, 300 text messages and unlimited anytime calls to any O2 numbers. There are twenty three mobile phones on this deal, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, BlackBerry Curve 8520 Silver, BlackBerry Curve 8520, San Francisco from Orange in white, BlackBerry Pearl 9105, LG Optimus One, Nokia X3 Touch and Type, San Francisco from Orange in grey, Nokia C3 Touch and Type, Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 Black, Sony Ericsson Elm, Nokia 2730 in black and silver, Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm, Samsung B2710, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition, Nokia E5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Lime, Sony Ericsson Zylo, LG Optimus in Silver, Samsung Monte S5620, HTC Wildfire Black Edition, Nokia 6303i and Nokia 2330 in silver.

There are also three £25.54 SIM only tariffs. These are the Racoon 25 with 700 minutes, with 100 text and unlimited land line calls, the Canary 25 with the same minutes and unlimited text messages, along with the Dolphin 25 with 600 minutes, unlimited text messages and a 500MB data allowance.

The Break Down

In the £25 a month tariff market there is really only one clear winner when it comes to what's on offer as a part of the contract - Three, with their One Plan. No other network can really compete with 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three based phone numbers, a 5,000 text message bundle and a truly unlimited data allowance with no limits attached.

Three's SIM only One Plan deal also wins and offers the same features as above, although the contract length is 1 year.

Three didn't win in the mobile phone stakes, as Orange offers 24 different handsets to choose from on the Dolphin 25, 18-month plan.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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