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HTC HD2 Smartphone Available On O2 From £35.40

Telefonica-owned O2 has finally got hold of the second Windows-based super smartphone, the HTC HD2 after Vodafone and T-Mobile started to stock the device.

The phone, which is the next one after the TG01 to be powered by a 1GHz processor, is currently available for as little as £35.40 per month thanks to a £90 instant cashback from, a subsidiary from Carphone Warehouse.

The deal includes amongst other things 1200 minutes and unlimited texts per month should you choose the 24-months contract. Those looking for the shorter 18-months one will be paying at least £42.93 per month and will get 500 texts rather than unlimited texts.

That said, other networks have significantly better deals especially if you want less minutes. The HD2 will cost only £28.94 per month with 600 minutes and unlimited texts on a 24 months contract with Vodafone, a saving of around £155 over the two year period.

Steve Alder, general manager for O2 devices in the UK, said in a statement that "The HTC HD2 is the first HTC branded phone to be sold on O2. We love the large screen and combination of Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense".

O2, it must be remembered, also sells the iPhone 3G as well as the Pre and a slew of other high end smartphones. The HTC HD2 will be available online and offline and through Carphone Warehouse.

Our Comments

The HD2 is fairly expensive and will not compete with the iPhone 3G directly. While it is significantly more poweful when it comes to hardware, Apple's propositions are still significantly better than the rest of the market. The iPhone OS and the App store are, as it stands, well beyond the reach of their rivals.

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