HTC Desire Now Half Price Of iPhone 4

The price of the HTC Desire has tumbled down to a new low as one of the biggest mobile phone operators in the UK has slashed the cost of the brown version to a shockingly low £249.95 plus £10 topup.

Stocks of the smartphone at Phones4U have been fluctuating widely but a spokesperson for the company told us that more handsets will be available from next week at this price.

A £250 HTC Desire compares very, very favourably with the iPhone 3GS or the iPhone 4, which are available fro £428 and £510 respectively direct from Apple. All Phones4U phones are, in theory, unlocked but not debranded (i.e. they still carry the branding of their original network).

Although the HTC Desire is more than one year old now, it excels as a mid-range handset; there's a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, a massive 3.7-inch capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with a 5-megapixel camera with flash

It is a little thicker than its main rival at 11.9mm but given that it supports Adobe Flash and has a microSD card slot, it is certainly the best phone that can be purchased for less than £250 especially as Gingerbread is expected to come to the handset fairly soon.