Samsung B130 mobile on sale for less than £5Carphone Warehouse has 'UK's cheapest' handset

15 November 2008

Samsung B130 Black

Samsung B130 Black

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.

RSS Feed

For daily consumer news, subscribe to the here. If you have an older web browser you may need to copy and paste this link into your newsreader: . Find out more about RSS in the Which? guide to news feeds.

Sign up to the Which? weekly technology email

Keep your finger on the pulse of digital technology with the weekly email from the Which? Technology team. Every Tuesday we'll send you the latest news and reviews of MP3 players, mobile phones, cameras, high-definition TVs and other gadgets. Packed with the latest product launches, First Look reviews, expert advice and some incredible deals - can you afford not to be the first to find out? Plus everyone who signs up will be entered into our free prize draw with a chance to win a 32GB iPod Touch