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 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 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.