Value for money deal - Free Xperia on low priced contract from

This deal, on the face of it, is not particularly impressive - but dig under the surface and you find gems. Firstly, the contract supplies you with all the minutes most people will require during a typical month. Next, the handset is free but you only have to commit to an 18 month term - normally, you'd be looking to commit to a 24 month contract for a free X1. Also, the contract adds a discount to the line rental - a real rarity.

  • Handset name: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 
  • Supplier:
  • Free handset: Free
  • Contract name: O2 600
  • Free call minutes: 600
  • Free Texts: 3,000  
  • Rental/month: £17.50 for 4 months then £35 for 14 months
  • Contract: 18 months
  • Offers: 4 months half price line rental or £10 auto-cashback

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Look and feel

The Xperia X1 is larger and heavier than your average handset, but the body and QWERTY keyboard each benefit from a classy brushed metal finish.



One of the most innovative phones of the year, with its customisable panel-style touch-screen user interface, tilt (arc) display and large slide-out QWERTY keyboard.


Ease of use

As a Windows powered mobile, the Xperia offers Outlook for email, calendar and contacts, as well as push email with an Exchange server.



The touch-screen is not particularly finger friendly.


Battery life

With a talktime of up to 600 mins and a standby time of of 833 hours the Xperia X1 has a marathon battery.


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