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Samsung Galaxy S2 "Free Contract" Offer Emerges

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. (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.

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.