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Nokia N8 Smartphone To Cost £35 Per Month

Three UK mobile phone networks have already started to take preorders of the Nokia N8 with line rental prices starting from £35 per month on a two year contract, via the Nokiadirect website (opens in new tab) which is maintained for Nokia by Mobile Phones Direct.

O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone all bundle a free mini HDMI TV cable with the deal with T-Mobile's £35 deal the more likely to turn heads. Those on it will get 1200 minutes, 500 texts and a generous amount of data to download.

For those looking for unlimited texts, T-Mobile allows them to give up 300 minutes; alternatively a shorter 18-months contract exist which will give you 600 minutes and unlimited texts, yielding a TCO of £630.

O2 and Vodafone £35 packages come with 600 minutes and unlimited minutes with those opting for shorter contract periods getting 300 minutes only with unlimited texts. Those who preorder on the plans will have to wait for at least 20 days before getting their hands on the smartphone.

The bottom line is that, as it stands, the N8 packages are cheaper than the iPhone 4 and just a tad more expensive than the HTC Desire ones which is likely to be replaced by the HTC Desire HD soon.

Désiré Athow
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 ITProPortal.com 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.