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O2 To Launch Pre Plus and Pixi Plus In UK On May 28th

O2 has announced that it will be launching the Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus in the UK on the 28th of May, the same Friday when the iPad will be launched. Whether this will spoil Apple's party remains to be seen as both smartphones are essentially slightly improved versions of their older siblings.

The Pre Plus now carries twice the amount of online storage (16GB in all) while the Pixi Plus comes with WiFi; that's it really. The Pre Plus will also come with Touchstone compatibility out of the box although you will still need to buy the inductive charging dock separately.

O2 says (opens in new tab) that both smartphones will come with unlimited data, public WiFi at the Cloud and BT Openzone and unlimited texts as well. As for the tariffs, they start from £25 per month on a two year contract with 100 minutes and £99 for the Pre Plus and £49 for the Pixi Plus respectively.

Add a fiver per month if you want a shorter 18-months contract. The sweet spot appears to be the £35 band with 600 minutes for both handsets.

Still in either case, they end up being much more expensive compared to the £25 per month T-Mobile charges for the HTC Desire (although it comes with less text and no WiFi package).

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.