4 Great Alternatives To O2's Palm Pre From £28.42 Per Month

The Palm Pre is set to debut on the 16th of October on O2 but if there's one thing that may hinder its success in the UK, it will be its price, an eye-watering £44 per month on an 18-month contract.

If you are disappointed by the tariffs O2 set for the Pre, then why not look elsewhere for much better deals. We've picked up five great deals to grab if you want a smartphone to rival the Pre but don't want to fork out nearly £800 over the duration of your contract.

The first obvious phone you might pick will be the iPhone 3G 8GB which costs as much as the Pre (£44.05 per month) and comes with 1200 minutes and 500 texts as well.

Many would say that the iPhone is superior to the Palm Pre and given the issues that the Pre encountered at a recent appearance the phone made at Playbite in London, some might choose to play it safe with a three-generation old platform.

If you don't mind waiting till the end of October, then you might want to consider the N900 Tablet which is we believe, a much better smartphone than the N97 or indeed any Nokia phones on the market.

The best bit though is that it is cheap, really cheap. The N900 with 300 minutes, 300 texts and unlimited mobile web on a 18-month contract with T-Mobile will cost you only £29.36 per per month.

A higher priced plan with 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and mobile web will set you back at £39.15 per month, which is still less than what O2 charges.

Business buyers might be tempted to get the Blackberry Storm 9500 instead because of the extensive services and enterprise capabilities offered by RIM.

It is available on Vodafone from Phones4U exclusively for the same price as the Palm Pre but comes with 900 minutes and unlimited text messages instead and internet.

If you want a mobile phone with loads of minutes, storage capacity and a huge screen, then you cannot go wrong with the Samsung Omnia which will cost you £28.42 per month on a 18 month contract (Orange via Buymobilephone.net).

The phone has a 16GB onboard memory, a 3.2-inch screen, 500MB mobile internet browsing, 1200 minutes, unlimited landline calls and 500 texts. It undercuts the Palm Pre contract by a full 33 percent and offers 85 percent of its capabilities.