3UK launches Android HTC Hero complete with Spotify Mobile

This November (not long now), 3UK are launching their first Android device.

It’s the rather stunning HTC Hero.

And it’s coming with Spotify Mobile pre-installed.

The deal?

£35/month over 1824 months and an up-front fee of £99. That gets you 24 months of unlimited Spotify Premium (for your mobile, and your PC — a £240 saving), plus 750 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited 3-to-3 calls, unlimited data and free Skype-to-Skype calls.

That is a flippin’ wicked deal. A really, really good deal. Especially if, like me, you’re *already* paying £9.99 a month for Spotify. Compelling, relevant and very fair. This is the kind of deal that is likely to get a lot of people wondering why they’re sticking with their existing operator.

The handset itself is simply magnificent.

In case you need a reminder, here are some of the key specs:

5 Mega Pixel touch screen handset
3.2” TFT LCD capacitive touch screen, 320 x480
HSDPA, AGPS, 3.5mm connection
512 MB Internal memory, supports up to 8GB SD Card
Slim tablet 112 x 56.2x 14.35mm, 135g
Stereo Bluetooth
Android OS

Spotify Mobile is restricted, initially, to the HTC Hero — you won’t be able to buy it for any other 3 handset at the moment.

Keep your eyes on www.three.co.uk for more details.

And here’s a tempting reminder of the HTC Hero:

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  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    I really hope that 3 get a decent build from HTC as the 2nd Orange ROM I have is utter bollocks.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    3UK are usually pretty good at waiting 'til a decent build is around before unleashing devices… here's hoping!

  • Jakdaw

    What's wrong with it Dominic? I'm still on the original Orange ROM (not the one from the HTC website) but was considering an upgrade to that, or one of the modded ones…

    Do you know what the difference between the Orange ROM and the non-Orange HTC ROM is?

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    Yep, they're likely to get the one that finally works. Mine is now exhibiting classic Windows behavior and often needs the mobile data toggle switched to off in order to make outbound calls.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    Ooooh dear :(

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    @Jakdaw I have had major issues with the address book on both versions of the Orange ROM. This is breaking a core competency of the Android platform. Also have trouble making calls regularly whilst data processes are occurring. There is also no ability for over the air updates which is something I dearly love about my G1. The Hero is a great device, I just think that HTC could have done a far better job with their software layer.

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    Sad but true.

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  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    I think it's a 24 month contract, if I've read the release right.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    You're absolutely right — that would make sense since you get 24 months of Spotify Premium. I've made that change — thanks for pointing that out Ben!

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    I feed on coffee and the typos of others… ;-)

    Just don't scrutinise our output too closely(!)

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    I vrey mchu appreseate it Bon!

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    It's only a matter of time before MIR is syndicated by the Grauniad…

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    Or the telegrif. I've been reedding some fairy challinging telegrif riting recently

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    This would be great except I don't get mobile reception in my own home with 3. I have to go outside for the phone to work. Of course my flatmate swans around with her iPhone in the flat no problem. I can't wait till my contract expires – the thought of a 24 month contract is frankly scary.

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  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    I really hope that 3 get a decent build from HTC as the 2nd Orange ROM I have is utter bollocks.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    3UK are usually pretty good at waiting 'til a decent build is around before unleashing devices… here's hoping!

  • Jakdaw

    What's wrong with it Dominic? I'm still on the original Orange ROM (not the one from the HTC website) but was considering an upgrade to that, or one of the modded ones…

    Do you know what the difference between the Orange ROM and the non-Orange HTC ROM is?

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    Yep, they're likely to get the one that finally works. Mine is now exhibiting classic Windows behavior and often needs the mobile data toggle switched to off in order to make outbound calls.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    Ooooh dear :(

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    @Jakdaw I have had major issues with the address book on both versions of the Orange ROM. This is breaking a core competency of the Android platform. Also have trouble making calls regularly whilst data processes are occurring. There is also no ability for over the air updates which is something I dearly love about my G1. The Hero is a great device, I just think that HTC could have done a far better job with their software layer.

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    Sad but true.

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  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    I think it's a 24 month contract, if I've read the release right.

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  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    You're absolutely right — that would make sense since you get 24 months of Spotify Premium. I've made that change — thanks for pointing that out Ben!

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    I feed on coffee and the typos of others… ;-)

    Just don't scrutinise our output too closely(!)

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    I vrey mchu appreseate it Bon!

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    It's only a matter of time before MIR is syndicated by the Grauniad…

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    Or the telegrif. I've been reedding some fairy challinging telegrif riting recently

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  • http://iwasnteventhere.tumblr.com/ you are creative

    This would be great except I don't get mobile reception in my own home with 3. I have to go outside for the phone to work. Of course my flatmate swans around with her iPhone in the flat no problem. I can't wait till my contract expires – the thought of a 24 month contract is frankly scary.

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