Daily tech deals: 5% off iPad Air, a £5 phone, and Nexus 5 for £16.99 a month

Currys and PC World are preparing to just hand out iPads to passers-by on street corners - that's if their latest deal is anything to go by. The electronics retailers are knocking 5 per cent off the price of the new iPad Air, so long as savvy tech-hunters use the discount code "iTab5" when entering their purchase. This sneaky tip will knock the regular 16 GB model down from £399 to £379.05. There are also reports that you get the discount if you run into the store screaming the code and flailing your arms, too, but attempts by this reporter have proven inconclusive at best. The tech megastores are even throwing a £20 voucher and 1 per cent cashback into the bargain, so you're effectively losing money every minute you don't log on and buy an iPad.

No roundup of today's tech deals would be complete without mentioning the Alcatel 1010 on T-Mobile that just went on sale at ASDA for £5. So what if it doesn't take pictures or record video or run apps or have 3G support or email or multimedia messaging or a QWERTY keyboard, or infrared or Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or 3G or a display bigger than 128 x 128 pixels, or dual SIM capability, or GPS, or enough memory to hold more than 100 contacts, or any games other than snake? It's £5 people. One day you're going to take that phablet the size of your face and drop it flat on the ground, or in a lake, or accidentally post it to China. Then you'll wish you'd invested in the boring old Alcatel until you can buy your next one. There's no minimum top-up either.

If you like your phones to do a little bit more of - well, everything – Phones4U could hook you up with Google's new Nexus 5 for only £16.99 a month, for two years. That's £407.76, which means you only pay £100 or so for your phone contract, and get a shiny new phone to boot, and you get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 250mb data. For the less scrupulous among our readers, and those with ambitions in the social engineering department, here's an extra tip: if you tell the operator that you're buying the phone for your daughter, they might put you on the u23 bolt-on, which gives you an extra 1 GB of data and unlimited calls to Orange customers. We won't tell if you don't.

As always, we strongly advise that you read our standard daily deals disclaimer should you have a purchase intent. These deals are not sponsored but are instead chosen solely because they represent, in our humble opinion, a cracking bargain.