HTC Desire Now Available From £240

Phones4U are apparently selling the HTC Desire from as little as £239.95 on Orange either in brown mocha or in white with a 4GB memory card thrown in for free and a £10 top up.

The deal appears to be available only instore and has not been confirmed as been a nationwide one; a Phones4U spokesperson told us that "handset prices vary across the country" and that those interested should call their local store to check the price.

The equivalent PAYG offer on Phones4U's website will cost £289.95 including a £10 top up; Phones4U phones are normally unlocked but may come with the network's branding and proprietary settings.

The deal, which was flagged up on Hotukdeals, is limited to those having an Orange SIM (which you can get for free), one which is registered to a name and has enough credit (around £5) to make a phone call.

Although it has been superseded by the HTC Desire S, the original HTC Desire is still a cracking deal; both of them have the same screen size and screen resolution. The system on chip on the Desire S is a newer one which should perform better and extend the phone's battery life.

The Desire S also has more internal memory, is slightly smaller, a slightly bigger battery capacity, a stronger and slimmer unibody design, comes with 802.11n, HTC Sense, Android Gingerbread and a front facing VGA camera but no optical trackpad. Whether all this is worth paying a £180 premium remains to be seen.