Written on 8/27/2009 04:28:00 PM by poison_ivy
Competition is stiff in the mobile phone market. Nowadays, exclusive mobile phone deals with cell phone manufacturers just don’t cut it so wireless carriers and their affiliates are throwing in free gifts with every mobile phone contracts you purchased.
Well, if you have to get into a mobile phone contract then why not go for a mobile phone deal with a free gift thrown in, right? Here are just some of list of mobile phone retailers offering free gifts with every pay monthly plans.
Dial-a-phone has a wide range of selection of mobile phone deals with free gifts. The free gifts offered by Dial-a-phone includes an iPod Touch 16GB, Acer Aspire 5335 laptop, LG 26 inch LCD TV, iPod Nano 8GB, Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Xbox 360 and a bunch of other free stuff such as free 1 month line rental or cashback. Their mobile phone selection is not bad either with some of the latest mobile phones such as the Nokia 5800, Samsung Tocco Lite, Samsung Jet, and Samsung Tocco Ultra Touch.
Mobiles2yourdoor only has a handful of handsets and free gifts to offer. I think they’re only throwing in a Nintendo Wii and PS3 as free gifts and the lowest monthly line rental that you have to pay in order to get these free gifts is around £30.
Mobiles.co.uk, like dial-a-phone, also has a wide selection of free gifts with every mobile phone deals. Also, compared with dial-a-phone, they have the most number of latest mobile phones to offer like the HTC Hero, and the LG GD900 Crystal. The free gifts they’re offering includes Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSi, Dell laptop, Samsung Laptop and netbooks, Sony PSP, Xbox 360, Sony PS3, or a Jawbone headset. I actually think you can get more bang for your buck if you went with mobiles.co.uk as you have a greater choice of free gifts and handsets.
Phones4u has a fewer selection of free gifts and mobile phones to choose from but the good thing is that if you’re looking for older handset models (therefore cheaper). They have the Sony Ericsson T303 as a clearance item so you get the phone plus a free Nintendo Wii for only £20 a month. Your free gifts to choose from include a Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, laptops, or auto cashback.
Phonespot also has a variety of free gifts to choose from. Some of the free gifts they’re offering which the other mobile phone retailers are not offering include a free Slingbox, Asus EEE netbook, or a printer. They also have some of the latest mobile phones up for grabs like the Nokia N97, Sony Ericsson W995, and even the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic which is supposedly exclusive to carphone warehouse for 6 months (unless phonespot is a subsidiary of carphone warehouse which I have yet to find out).
Final words, caveat
Before you go out and purchase your next mobile phone deal, remember that in our world full of capitalism, there’s no such thing as free. If you try to compare the retailer’s mobile phone deals with free gifts with the ordinary mobile phone contracts they’re offering, you’ll notice a difference in price (with the former being slightly expensive). This is because they’re charging some of the price of the free gift to your monthly line rental making your effective monthly cost higher. But still, if you’re planning to buy any of the free gifts they’re offering together with a new mobile phone, then yeah, you can probably save some money.