T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and Virgin HTC Desire deals compared

If the thought of having to roll over and stare at the same (phone) face every day for two years is too much for you, then perhaps you'd be better off not tying yourself into a deal for 24 months.

18-month deals will generally cost the same as their two year brethren, but you do generally get more minutes and the chance to pick up a nice and shiny new phone sooner.

100-200 mins

There aren't a lot of deals around for this price point, with only Virgin Media and T-Mobile chiming in with offers.

T-Mobile just shades it though: for £15 per month and £164 for the Desire, you get 100 minutes and an overall cost of £434.

Virgin Media's offer might give you 200 minutes, but an extra tenner per month hurts over the year and half, despite the handset costing less up front.

Best deal: T-Mobile - £434

HTC desire

300 mins

T-Mobile is all on its lonesome in this category, with nobody else coming with a similar deal at the moment.

However, the deal isn't too bad: £20 a month for 300 minutes, although £129 is a lot to pay at the start for the phone.

Don't fret though - over the course of the deal it boils down to £489, which is a lot cheaper than buying a phone and whacking a pay-as-you go SIM in.

Best deal: T-Mobile - £434

600 mins

We've got three players in the space this time: T-Mobile, Vodafone and Virgin Media. If you're against the pink network, look away now: T-Mobile is cheapest again.

With a £25 per month deal and a £129 upfront cost, the overall deal works out at £579 over the 18 months.

Vodafone is next up, with a £35 per month deal that costs £630 overall, with a free phone. However, you do get 300 extra minutes for signing up online, although there's that pesky 500MB data limit.

And Virgin Media lags in last, with a £30 per month deal with a £115 upfront cost, taking the overall total to £655.

Best deal: T-Mobile - £579

800 - 900 mins

The same three again - T-Mobile, Vodafone and Virgin Media duke it out.

And this time we have a new winner - Virgin Media shaves it with a £35 per month deal offering 800 minutes and a free phone that costs £360 over the course of the deal.

T-Mobile is pretty close though; for £30 a month and a free phone it costs £635, and you also get 100 extra minutes per month, which equates to an extra 108,000 seconds of chat for only £5.

Vodafone limps in third again, with 900 minutes and a free phone for £40 per month, but the same 300 extra minutes if you sign up online, for £720 over 18 months.

Best deal: Virgin Media - £630

1,200 mins

Virgin Media and T-Mobile tie this one: both deals will end up costing you £720 over the course of the contract.

Virgin Media only offers 1,000 minutes, whereas T-Mobile will offer you 1,200, but both cost £40 per month with a free phone.

Vodafone is proffering a huge 1,500 minute allowance if you sign up online, but costs £45 per month and will end up costing you £810 overall.

Best deal: T-Mobile - £720 (but with 200 more mins per month)

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.