Both O2 and 3 UK have started to sell the new HTC Desire HD handset, the model that is set to push the Desire into the mainstream segment with contract prices starting as low as £30 albeit without data allowance.
3 UK sells the handset with 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB internet on a two year contract for £35 per month with the £38 package getting you 900 minutes.
On the other hand, O2 sells the phone via Mobiles.co.uk, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse, for £30 per month which includes 600 minutes and unlimited texts but no download quota.
Both however do not match the deal offered by T-Mobile via Mobilephonesdirect which includes 900 minutes, 500 texts, 1GB mobile web on a 24 month contract for £30 per month.
Alternatively, Orange offers 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data for £25 per month with the phone costing a one-off £29.99. The total cost of ownership on that package is £630, the cheapest on the market.
The phone comes with a 1GHz processor, Android OS 2.5 (Froyo), a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, free voice guided SatNav with Google Maps and the new HTC Sense User interface.