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HTC Desire HD Drops To £25.64 Per Month As iPhone 5 Looms

The Desire HD may be HTC's top of the range model, but that doesn't mean it commands a top of the range price tag.

In fact we were surprised to see that you can get the phone on a two year contract from T-Mobile (via buymobilephones (opens in new tab)) with 600 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data allowance for a jaw dropping £25.54 per month, that's a total cost of ownership of £613.

Shockingly enough, T-Mobile sells the HTC Desire, the immediate predecessor to the Desire HD, for only £2.50 less per month with the same amount of minutes, texts and data.

The HTC Desire HD has a larger 4.3-inch WVGA screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 processor, a 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720p recording capabilities, Dolby Mobile compatibility and HSPA+ data with 802.11n WiFi.

It runs on Android 2.2 and an upgrade to Gingerbread should be on the way fairly quickly. The HTC Desire HD also comes with the new service which allows users to send and receive texts as well as secure their handsets if lost or stolen.

With the iPhone 5 set to be released in only a few months time, one has to wonder whether or not HTC is deliberately cutting prices in order to reduce the appeal of the current and future iPhone handsets. You can view our review of the HTC Desire HD here.

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.