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O2 claims to have become the first UK network operating to offer a leasing programme for smartphones. Customers will be able to rent iPhones for a year, eliminating the need for long-term commitment and large upfront costs. For £55 a month, O2 Lease offers folk an insured 16GB iPhone 4S, with 750 minutes' call time, unlimited …


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You pay £10 less over the course of the contract, then don't get the £100 or so (possibly more) you'd reasonably expect to receive for selling the handset to a recycling company.

Well done, O2. Thinking of the customers, as ever.

Anonymous Coward

check out the post on the 15th December.


The lease allows business to offset more of the phone cost against tax, similar to the difference between buying fleet cars and leasing them, so not a good deal for average punter by any means.

One wonders how many will be "lost" and an insurance claim made?


Woa, chill your bean!

You are doing an unfair comparison on the total cost of the contract vs the lease. To make it a fair test, you can only change ONE thing.

You have not included the insurance in your second calculation, so, work it out correctly, to make your claims fair! You have also failed to use the CORRECT pricing structure for 12 month contracts....

A more fair calculation....

600m Unlimited SMS + 500mb bolt on = £42 per month (Inc Vat) plus £12.50 for Insurance (Inc IPT)

Total monthly cost -


upfront cost = £239 (inc vat)

Total cost: = 654 + 239 = £893.

The O2 Lease is an awesome idea for people who like a new phone every year. And the chance of getting a £260 to recycle your phone at the end of the 12 month contract is quite slim considering the fast-paced mobile market.

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