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HTC Desire Now Officially Available On O2

O2 has been the last major mobile phone network in the UK to launch the popular Android-based smartphone from HTC, Desire, and the least that we can say is that the wait was not worth it.

The Telefonica-owned operator charges £30 per month (opens in new tab) for 100 minutes, unlimited texts and data but no WiFi. You will be charged £99 for the phone itself which brings the TCO to £639 over the 18 months contract.

Alternatively, a package that includes 600 minutes, unlimited data and texts cost only £40 per month or £720 for the 18-month period. 24 months contracts will reduce the monthly cost by £5 for the duration of the contract.

One might argue that O2 held so long (and delayed the launch of the HTC Desire), not only because it encountered some last-minute issue with its network, but also had to upgrade its infrastructure to support so many data-hungry phones.

T-Mobile (opens in new tab) still by far the best value for money network, offering 300 minutes, unlimited texts and internet for £25 per month or a TCO of £600 on a two year contract. Alternatively, Vodafone charge £450 over 18 month for 100 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited WiFi.

The phone which is the twin brother to Google's Nexus One, is powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, comes with a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive display and is powered by Android v2.1.

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.