No such thing as a free phone
I am constantly harping on about how expensive free phones are these days and a good example is O2 UK's free Samsung Galaxy S which costs just £1080 ($1730). This, of course is the price of a two year £40 ($64) a month contract, but if you're finding that free is a little too expensive for your pocket, then you could try paying for your phone. O2 UK sell the Galaxy S for £320 ($510). Obviously that doesn't include the 900 minutes, unlimited text and WiFi, and 750MB of data a month that you get with the free version but it doesn't take into account the alternative ways of paying for calls, texts and data. T-Mobile are offering six months free web access to their PAYG customers and the sim works in every handset I've tried including the Galaxy S. And if you fancy something in between, O2 offer a sim only deal, which is very similar to a one year contract and costs £30 ($48) a month.
Flipping out in Europe
We reported the other day on the pending release of the oddly shaped Motorola FlipOut in China. Its a nice phone I think and if used with a little thought the rather clever Motoblur skin will let you resize your widgets to get around the limitations of the eyestrainingly small, 2.8 inch screen. As of today online retailers Clove and Play.com are offering unlocked, sim free FlipOuts to Europeans for between £250 and £260 ($400 - $416). One can only imagine that the networks will be offering it too before long.
The X8 is coming
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is due to hit the streets of London, Manchester and Liverpool in September. Despite some sites claiming there is no news on pricing yet, we can tell you on good authority that the handset will cost around £215 ($345) sim free on release and can be preordered now for £340 ($545) from handtec. Wow! I think I'll wait until September.