HTC Windows Phone 8X on offer for £14 per month

You can get the HTC Windows Phone 8X smartphone from as little as £14 per month, on a two-year contract without any upfront fee. With a total cost of ownership of only £336, it is only slightly more expensive than if you had purchased it SIM-free. The offer, from Mobilephonesdirect, comes with 50 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB internet and unlimited BT Openzone Wi-Fi. The retailer sells the phone SIM free for £275 in comparison.

The smartphone – which was launched earlier this year - runs on the same chipset as the one powering the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920, a beefy dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz with 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 4.3in 1,280 x 720 pixel S-LCD2 touchscreen display with an overlay of Gorilla Glass, an 8-megapixel camera with full HD video recording, an 1,800mAh Li-Ion battery and Beats Audio technology.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microUSB port and NFC. You can read our review of the HTC Windows Phone 8X here. Other rivals to the handset include the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Samsung Ativ S.