Comparing mobile phone tariffs and phones
Price of iPhone 4 & HTC Desire HD in UK Compared
|HTC Desire HD (w/ 16GB Sandisk Memory Card)||£482.31|
|iPhone 4 16GB||£499.00|
Both phones are new and unlocked. Prices are including VAT and shipping (which is usually free). As of 15/10/2010.
Comparison of SIM Only Tariffs in the UK
|Vodafone 30 day||£25.00|
|Three one-sim (12 month contract!)||£25.00|
|Three SIM only||£10.00|
|Giffgaff Goodybag 20||£20.00|
|Giffgaff Goodybag 30||£30.00|
Giffgaff is “pay as you go” but if you pay in a certain amount of money each month you can opt to get a bolt-on they call “goody-bags”, which in turn offer you the features outlined in more detail a bit further down in this article. Simples
SIM only Features Comparison
|900 cross-network minutes||2000 cross-network minutes||100 cross-network minutes||Unlimited cross-network minutes|
|No voda-2-voda||5000 three-2-three minutes||2000 three-2-three minutes||Unlimited gg-2-gg minutes|
|Unlimited texts||5000 texts||3000 texts||Unlimited texts|
|500MB Internet use (1GB if iPhone SIM)||1GB Internet use||1GB Internet use||Unlimited Internet use|
|Rolling monthly contract||12 Months contract||Rolling monthly contract||Top-up more than £30 a month to get bundle. There is no rolling contract.|
Since Giffgaff doesn’t have a comparable £25 tariff, I have opted to show the bigger one as it has more value for money. The cheaper £20 tariff only offers 600 cross-network minutes but also has unlimited everything else.
The reason for comparing £25 monthly contracts is because it offers relalistic internet usage included in the tariff. Most lower tariffs don’t include anything or too little for smartphone usage.
None of the tariffs permit tethering your phone to your computer, to allow it to use the connection and Internet useage included! Apart from Giffgaff, air time expires at the end of the month. Giffgaff’s credit does not, although your SIM may be locked after not being used for 6 months.