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Top eight mobile phone deals for angry O2 customers

Following on from the major mobile network outage on O2, which branched across two days and left its customers without any mobile services, we're now publishing the top deals from O2’s competitors.

This is all to inform those who wish to leave the network what the best offers are around from Three, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

Three’s top pay as you go proposal is the Samsung Galaxy Y. This is an Android-based phone, with a 3in QVGA touch-screen, powered by an 832MHz processor and sporting a 2-megapixel camera. Yours for £64.99, reduced from £79.99.

Orange has the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 as its key pay monthly offer. This has a 3.8in WVGA touch screen, powered by a dual-core processor and Android Gingerbread 2.3. It's on the Panther £15.50 a month tariff, with 50 minutes and an unlimited text message allowance and 250MB of Internet access on a 24-month contract.

In the pay as you go clearance section the BlackBerry Curve 8520 can be had for just £89.99 with a £10 top up. This comes on a range of Orange animal plans. The mobile has a 2.4in screen, a QWERTY keypad, dedicated media keys and the signal boost technology that uses your home Wi-Fi if your signal strength is poor.

T-Mobile’s deal of the week is the Samsung Galaxy S III on the Full Monty. This is a tariff with unlimited Internet access, unlimited text messages and 2,000 minutes to any network. This price plan costs £33 a month, with the phone priced at £29.99: a saving of £72 over the standard pricing.

In the pay as you go section, the network is carrying its own T-Mobile Vivacity Android Gingerbread 2.3 phone. This has a 3.5in touchscreen and a five-megapixel camera, for £69.99. Previously, this handset cost £89.00, but it does require a £10 top-up, when purchasing. Thirty days free Internet access is a part of the deal, where a regular £10 top-up offers an unlimited free text message allowance – forever.

Vodafone’s latest offer is the Samsung Galaxy S III on a £36 a month tariff, with no upfront cost. This has been reduced from £41, with a saving of £5, on a 24-month deal. This plan has 600 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 1GB data allowance. The latter is backed with a three-month data test drive offer, where you can go over your data limit during that period. This is to work out what limit is required, month-to-month.

The network’s top pay as you go deal has its Vodafone Smart II mobile phone that runs Android Gingerbread 2.3. This comes with a 3.2in touch screen display, with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a cost of £70.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.