Newcomer Talkmobile is bringing back 12-month contracts and is hoping to make a killing by offering the latest smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S2 on decent tariffs with an affordable monthly outlay.
Mobiles.co.uk (opens in new tab), an affiliate of Carphone Warehouse, is offering the Talkmobile Smart Plan 400 with 400 minutes, 1000 texts and 1GB data for £30 a month with an outlay of £99.99. That's a total cost of ownership of only £459.99, not bad given that the phone itself costs roughly that sum although it will be both unlocked and unbranded.
A quick look at Vodafone, Talkmobile's network partner, shows that a similar deal with 300 minutes, 2GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi access, 500MB and unlimited texts would demand a TCO of £631, a near 38 per cent premium.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is still one of the hottest smartphones on the market right now, four months after it was launched in Barcelona. It is one of the thinnest and lightest super phones on the market as Samsung pulled out all the stops to make sure the S2 becomes a design icon.
Not surprisingly, Samsung selected the finest parts for the smartphone; there's an Exynos 4210 clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED plus creen, support for OTG, Mobile High Definition Link, an eight-megapixel camera with AF and full HD recording with a front two megapixel model for video chat.