In an angry come jealous state, my wife Nicky today upgraded her O2 contract and got herself a HTC HD7. My contract is due for upgrade at the end of October, so I have another week and a bit to wait before I had upgrade.
In my current agreement with O2, I have a very tidy deal going on thanks to my employment from Xerox which grants me 30% discount on the monthly line rental, however my sources on the O2 Customer Forums tell me that this deal doesn’t exist any longer, so I’ve set out to compare my current plan with some plans on O2, Vodafone and Orange which are of interest Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Interest being defined in this case by price and value for money, which is in turn determined by the inclusive allowance of each contract.
As you will see from the above PowerPoint WebApp slide, my current package weighs in at an 18 month overall cost of Ã‚Â£585, while if I upgrade to what O2 will recommend me in it’s place, the Smartphone 45, I will be spending a whopping Ã‚Â£810 instead, meanwhile Vodafone come out on-top with the Vodafone tariff at Ã‚Â£35 per month weighing in at a somewhat mild Ã‚Â£630 over 18 months.
Sure, I could save Ã‚Â£5 per month on all of these networks by switching to 24 months, but having to wait 18 months for the next iteration of phone is dire enough.
If Tesco Mobile started to sell Windows Phone 7 devices, I would probably jump over there to get a 12 month contract Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Something of a rarity these days.