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3 Networks To Bundle Spotify With HTC Hero Smartphone

The smallest UK mobile phone network, 3 Networks, has confirmed that it will be selling the HTC Hero smartophone with a dedicated account with online music service, Spotify, for as little as £35 per month over 24 months, from November 2009.

The announcement is also important as it marks the arrival of the first Android-based phone on 3 Networks. The HTC Hero is a touchscreen mobile phone that has just been awarded the T3 Gadget award last week, beating the iPhone 3G in the process.

Interested customers will have to fork out £100 initially plus £35 Internet Texter Plan which provides with 700 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited email, and internet, unlimited 3-to-3 calls and Skype calls. The package also includes 24-months worth of Spotify premium access worth £240 on its own.

The total outlay for the deal over the length of the contract will reach £940. In comparison, going to the equivalent iPhone package (iPhone 3G with Spotify) would cost the user £1,062 or £122 extra and doesn't provide with as many minutes or texts.

3 Networks has already confirmed that they will roll out spotify on some of their products including their Mobile Broadband services. The HTC Hero is a five-megapixel camera with a 3.5-inch screen, GPS and access to thousands of applications on Android Marketplace.

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Spotify won the "Audio Gadget of the year" at the same awards ceremony as well and the premium version will allow users to download unlimited music tracks, access playlists while in offline mode (away from the network) and stream music in real time.

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