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O2 Offering In-contract Upgrade For the Dell Streak Tablet?

We've received information from a source that O2, which will start selling the Dell Streak from tomorrow, will be offering in-contract upgrade on the smartphone, presumably on the smaller 16GB model, for as little as £299.

One O2 monthly contract customer claimed to have rang O2 customer service asking to cancel her contract by buying it out because she was not satisfied with her current handset.

But rather than getting asked the normal fee, she was proposed an instant in-contract upgrade. We do not know whether this is a one off deal and whether this will apply to both 18 months and 24 months contracts.

The other unknown is whether the informal deal actually kickstarts a new contract or not. We have not been able to confirm whether this in-contract upgrade was available to other customers as well.

O2 is also offering the Streak on a data-only package which will be be as small as £25 per month with a free 16GB Streak, 3GB included data and 500MB WiFi included over a period of 24 months.

We do not know whether you will be able to make calls on the data only tariffs even on a PAYG basis (or as an emergency handset).

O2 is currently offering a free 16GB Dell Streak smartphone with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and data for as little as £35 per month on a two year contract.

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.