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Exclusive : SIM Free HTC Desire Now Available On Preorder From £374

Four weeks before the official arrival of the HTC Desire in the UK, PAYG mobile specialist Prepaymania says that it will sell the HTC Desire, the twin brother of the Google Nexus One for as little as £374 including delivery and it will be a SIM Free model.

Now that makes it even cheaper than the imported version of Google's spanking new smartphone ($578 dollars or roughly £385). Once you factor in VAT, the cost of the Nexus One goes up to £452.58.

What's even more interesting is that the phone has apparently been discounted even before it goes on sale. Announced at the MWC in Barcelona last month for around £450, its selling price is therefore likely to be slashed by nearly 17 percent.

Interestingly, both Amazon and Play already have it for sale for £529 and £430 respectively, a significant premium over Prepaymania's price (opens in new tab).

The relatively low price of the HTC Desire coupled with the fact that it is SIM Free makes other phones such as the Motorola Droid or the rest of the HTC range (including the Legend and the G2) much less interesting.

As indicated before, the HTC Desire will be available from T-Mobile for as little as £30 per month on an 18-month contract, one that includes 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet data. You can read our coverage of the HTC Desire here.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.