Still scared of monthly contracts?
Setting something of a precedent this week is 3 which has launched the UK's first single digit mobile phone contract and it isn't bad value either...
Dubbed 'Mix & Match 100' the tariff costs just £9pm and still delivers a rather healthy 100 cross network minutes or 100 texts and 300 3 to 3 calls each month plus free voicemail, Windows Live Messenger and Skype access. As an added bonus a 3G Sony Ericsson K660i (pictured) in black, silver, white or lime green (!) will be thrown in completely free. The snag - depending on how contract phobic you are: an 18 month commitment.
"Delivering value to consumers has always been a priority, that's why we're the first and only mobile network to try to take the worry out of at least one bill a month with the UK's first ever £9 tariff," said 3 sales and marketing manager Marc Allera. "The current economic climate means that we're more committed than ever to finding ways to pass savings to consumers."
All seems rather fair considering the timing and who knows, 18 months may just be long enough for sanity to return to the world...