Popular music-streaming service Spotify has announced a partnership with mobile operator 3 to bring its Spotify Premium service to the HTC Hero.
Spotify’s Premium £10 per month unlimited music streaming service is already available on the iPhone on O2, but this is the first time that the service has been included in a monthly mobile contract price.
HTC’s Hero handset, running the Android operating system, will cost £99 upfront on 3, and consumers will be tied in to a 24-month £35 per month contract, but this includes the £10 per month Spotify Premium subscription.
Paying £35 per month for 3’s ‘Internet Texter’ deal also gets you 750 minutes of calls, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile internet, plus free calls to other 3 customers and Skype users.
Read the Which? HTC Hero review, or check out expert mobile phone reviews of more than 180 handsets.
The Spotify service on 3 is reportedly ‘coming soon’ but you can register your interest on the 3 website to be contacted when it’s available on the HTC Hero. The Spotify Premium subscription will be available via a voucher inside the HTC Hero’s box.
Which? tech expert Al Warman said ‘The HTC Hero handset is already a very attractive alternative to the iPhone, and with the bundling of Spotify into a competitively-priced £35 per month tariff, consumers can now get all the mobile music they could want without having to download it through iTunes.’
Read the Which? guide to listening to free streamed music online with Spotify
Update (6 November 2009) The HTC Hero with Spotify Premium subscription is now available online and from 3 stores in the UK.
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