Sam Davyson


T Mobile’s HTC Desire pricing: sensational

22/03/10 - 18.46

T-Mobile have released their pricing for the HTC Desire and it’s absolutely sensational. This is exactly what was needed. I can only hope that other networks will follow suit with similarly competitive deals.

T-Mobile allow you to specify how much you’d like to pay a month from £10-£40. And then it neatly gives you the plans that fit your budget. They are pushing a £35 / month x 24 months contract with a free handset but it’s really not their best deal. In fact it’s their overall most expensive deal.

All contracts include:

  • one flexible booster which you can use to get unlimited texts or unlimited landline calls or various other boosters. This is on top of the allowances listed in the table.
  • “Unlimited internet” – capped at 3 GB / month.

Here are all of the plans and their total costs calculated. Click the header of any column to sort it by that column.

Monthly Cost Upfront Cost Mins Texts Length Total Cost
£10 £164 100 100 24 months £404
£15 £164 100 100 18 months £434
£15 £129 300 300 24 months £489
£15 £95 100 100 24 months £455
£20 £129 300 300 18 months £489
£20 £129 600 500 24 months £609
£20 £95 100 100 18 months £455
£20 £95 300 300 24 months £575
£25 £129 600 500 18 months £579
£25 £95 900 500 24 months £695
£25 £95 300 300 18 months £545
£25 £60 600 500 24 months £660
£30 £95 900 500 18 months £635
£30 £60 900 500 24 months £780
£30 £60 600 500 18 months £600
£35 £60 900 500 18 months £690
£35 £0 1200 500 24 months £840
£40 £0 1200 500 18 months £720

Some of the pricing seems to me somewhat strange. E.g. Comparing all of the contracts where you get 600 minutes and 500 texts. There are two which last 18 months and one which lasts 24 months. The difference in overall costs between the 3 contracts is minimal: they cost £579 (18 x £25/month), £600 (18 x £30/month) and £609 (24 x £20/month). The first two are identical but there is a £21 difference depending on how you choose to pay for it. The final one gives you 6 months more of the contract for £9 extra.

How do these compare to buying the phone outright?

The phone is £439 on It is cheaper to buy the phone on either the £10 or £15 a month contracts (costing £404 and £434) and as a bonus you’ll get some minutes each month. You may not choose to use them – but you can pop another SIM card in and do pay as you go or whatever. You’ll have to pay out the entire contract but this cost is less than buying the phone outright.

How do these compare to iPhone tariffs?

Despite the outright buying price being very similar to the iPhone these contract tariffs are much cheaper than iPhone tariffs. A comparable deal on the iPhone (from O2) to one of those listed here is: 8 GB iPhone 3GS with 600 mins and unlimited texts. For 18 month contract you pay £40 / month and pay £89 upfront for the phone. That’s £809. The same deal on T Mobile with the HTC Desire is £579 (£25 / month x 18 months + £129 up front). Or for 24 month contracts O2 have the same deal (600 mins / unlimited texts) for £929. Which on T Mobile is £609. Obviously there are a lot of tariffs so you can compare all day. But like for like tariffs can be more than £300 cheaper over 24 months.

March 22nd, 2010 - 6.46 PM | No Comments »

New website for Will Barter 20/03/10 - 19.19

I’m not sure how long this has been up – not too long I don’t think – but a friend of mine has made himself an online home. I was proud to get a mention and I look forward to future postings.

HTC Desire early pricing: probably too high 15/03/10 - 11.38

T mobile have become the first network to announce their HTC Desire pricing which is due to launch on their network in the next coupe of weeks (and every other UK network several weeks after that). Multiple networks from the word go should help to drive down prices. T mobile’s lowest tariff with data is £30 / month x 24 months with 900 mins and 500 texts. Total cost: £720.

Buying the phone outright is £440. With a suitable sim only tariff from any of the main networks you can get unlimited internet and plenty of texts and minutes on a rolling contract for £20 / month. Over 24 months the total cost of ownership comes to £440 + (24 x £20) = £920. So you save £200 by taking the contract with T mobile. This is the price that you are paying to lose the freedom of a rolling contract.

Of course the contract price should be less than the price with a rolling contract: each network wants you to commit for a good length of time to their network. Hopefully tariffs from O2, Vodafone and Orange will lower prices a bit more. Ideally an 18 month contract for £30 / month with unlimited internet.

I can’t help but thinking these prices are a little too high to differentiate from the iPhone. There need to be cheaper and good smartphones.

Introducing Davyson Continue

07/03/10 - 18.14

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No more having to navigate through websites to find where you were on your previous device. No more having to copy and paste or to type out long URLs. Instead Davyson Continue gets you instantly to the content you’re interested in.

Setting up is totally trivial on a computer (10 seconds) but a bit more hairy on the iPhone (maybe 90 seconds). It’s a hosted service available free with no signup required.

Find it in the Projects Directory.

March 7th, 2010 - 6.14 PM | No Comments »

Using an iPhone with no home button 04/03/10 - 15.56

If your home button breaks on your iPhone it’s easy to think that it’s game over. You have to turn off the phone each time you want to return to the home screen. But no! Luckily there is a workaround.

Setup steps
1. Put a passcode on your phone.

To change applications
1. Press the lock button to lock the phone.
2. Press the lock button to unlock the phone.
3. Slide to unlock.
4. Press “emergency call”.
5. Press the back arrow.
6. Key in your passcode.
7. This always returns to the homescreen.

It’s not ideal but it might seem somewhat more desirable than buying a new phone.