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3 Offers First Android & Spotify Premium Package

Gordon Kelly


3 Offers First Android & Spotify Premium Package

You can always rely on 3 to try something new...

The progressive little telco has kicked off the week with a rather ingenious new bundle: an HTC Hero (new on the network) and natively installed Spotify app with free Premium access. Break it down and the deal plays out rather well: 24 months of free Spotify Premium access (worth £240), 750 monthly cross network minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited data, unlimited 3 to 3 calls and unlimited free Skype calls on a two year 35pm contract with a £99 free up front.

"This is a very exciting deal for Spotify," said Spotify global business development head Faisal Galaria. "We're intent on offering people a high quality, simple yet powerful portable music experience at a fair price and we're thrilled to be working with 3 to bring Spotify to UK music fans."

He's right - native installations are fundamental to market acceptance: just look at Internet Explorer market share and the fuss over what browser(s)/antivirus, etc can be shipped with Windows. People tend to use what they're given (depressing as that sometimes is).

"Spotify Mobile is a fantastic digital service which gives consumers the ability to enjoy and share music in an affordable way," added 3 product and services director Charlotte Blanchard. "As a first step we've built this service into an attractive, well-priced package with the HTC Hero. Over time our deal with Spotify will extend across a range of our products including Mobile Broadband."

Note the really exciting bits here: "as a first step" and "extend across a range of our products" - so this is where the 3 Spotify deal really takes off. Will we see Spotify now work with other networks or can we expect a counter attack of Vodafone/Napster, T-Mobile/Amazon MP3 and those dedicated Spotify Mobiles, etc? We don't know, but now this first stone has been cast we're eager to find out ...


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October 19, 2009, 8:11 pm

I'm on an 18 month deal with 3 at £15 a month

Got bored of my nokia e63 so brought a htc hero sim free last week for £360 (I figured it was £20 a month over 18 months)

I'm absolutely gutted at how good this deal is!!! More minutes than I've got and more importantly spotify premium thrown in!!!


October 19, 2009, 8:33 pm

@dave - you should have a 14 day return policy...


October 19, 2009, 8:39 pm

What a superb deal. Amazing phone and Spotify premium pretty much chucked in for free. Two years is a bit long though. If only their service matched their innovation and value.


October 19, 2009, 9:34 pm


Cheers I do on the phone!

Unfortunately had the contract for about 6 months already

Deals just seem to keep getting better as far as mobiles are concerned!!1


October 19, 2009, 9:45 pm

@dave, it's never a good time to buy technology - we all know that ;)


October 19, 2009, 9:52 pm

Two-year expensive contract AND a significant up-front payment? Nice package overall, but not at those prices, even with Spotify thrown in.


October 19, 2009, 10:07 pm

Had an email from 3 saying that the Hero will be available on other tafiffs without Spotify. They are going to email when they have full details.


October 20, 2009, 12:36 am


I'd have to disagree, any time is a good time to buy technology!

*goes to google*


October 20, 2009, 2:05 am

Im still waiting for THREE to announce a DEAF TARIFF for the 9 million UK users that would LOVE an Android But cut out all the silly Talk time nonsense we cant ever utilise


October 20, 2009, 2:28 am

@dave i think you made the right choice, nowadays with the 18 to 24 month contracts for ones with phones it makes a lot more sense to go 12 month SIM only and buy the handset outright.


October 20, 2009, 10:48 pm

I'm always one to vote for the underdog, and the combined "underdoggage" of the HTC Hero and 3 Mobile is awesome - in theory. However, after a couple of years of having to put up with 3's frankly abysmal network coverage and erratic 3G (in Central London a.k.a our Glorious Capital). I would rather have my toenails pulled out than give them any more money, especially locked into a 2 year contract, sounds like mobi-hell on Earth to me,...

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