In response to the credit crunch, Carphone Warehouse is selling the Samsung B130 mobile phone for £4.95 on pay-as-you-go (PAYG).
The Samsung B130 is a very basic phone, and is claimed by Carphone Warehouse to be Britain’s cheapest pay-as-you-go mobile. However the widely-promoted £4.95 headline price is valid only when the phone is purchased with £10 top-up credit on the Orange or T-Mobile networks.
Andrew Harrison, UK CEO at The Carphone Warehouse said: ‘When the bills are going up we’re committed to bringing our customers products they can afford with a credit-crunch-busting mobile for under a fiver.’
Samsung B130 Black
The Samsung B130 Black offers very basic internet connectivity, and lacks a camera or MP3 player. It’s a sharp contrast when compared with the feature-rich T-Mobile Google phone that was launched last month.
Samsung clearly believe that the market for mobile phones is diverse, and that there is still a need for basic handsets that do little more than allow the user to make calls.
Jon Barrow, senior Which? researcher, said: ‘Although this phone won’t appeal to everyone, it’s a fantastic offer. And our research shows that there are many people who just want simple handsets for calling and texting. If you’re in the market for such a phone, then this could be the one for you.’
BT bring down telephone charges for consumers on benefits
This step to bring down consumer costs in the telecommunications sector follows an offer launched by BT last month, who introduced a subsidised £4.50 monthly landline service for householders on benefits. More information about this service from BT can be read in our BT news report.
Further information about the Samsung B130 Black PAYG offer can be found on the Carphone Warehouse website, and if you’re interested in other mobile phones, then read our mobile phone reviews of more than 170 models.
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