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Remember that Virgin Mobile Lobster 700TV I reviewed recently?
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The HTC Monet based device with DAB-IP TV reception and DAB Radio?

If you read the original review (if not why not!), you'll remember I gave it a so-so rating for a keypad I didn't like and TV reception that was disappointing. Having revisited the handset, I have to say my feelings haven't changed... HOWEVER... Virgin are now knocking these babies out online here at a mind boggling £109.99 + £2.99 delivery... and that's including an airtime credit of up to £50!

Crazy!

Despite it's flaws, at this price I have to say it's a seriously attractive proposition, think of it as a portable Radio / TV you can also make calls / check your mail on rather than the other way round perhaps :)

Full details are available at the Virgin Mobile site, and check out our HTC Monet support area too!

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Ordered mine :)
Just what I need as the room I'm renting has zero reception on Tmobile and I'm stuck in the contract until May.
Now to hope I get some overtime to pay for it :/

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Virgin is a T-Mobile MVNO Ash... think you better get another SIM and an unlock :)

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I thought it was O2 they were using :/ One SIM unlock aka imei-check will be the next thing.

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Virgin is definately T-Mobile I'm afraid, the girlfriend is just ditching them for O2 at my suggestion :)

Bargain device, just wish I could afford it. Come on everybody, sing with me...

'Money's too tight to mention...'

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Virgin is definately T-Mobile I'm afraid, the girlfriend is just ditching them for O2 at my suggestion :)

Bargain device, just wish I could afford it. Come on everybody, sing with me...

'Money's too tight to mention...'



Just ordered it... I can't afford it but oh well. I'll use it as my work phone! Is there a free unlock for it yet?

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Not a free one i'm afraid!

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Not a free one i'm afraid!

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My morals can stretch but I can't go the pay route :) Still.. you get some stupid amount of credit back each month I think I read... might be worth keeping on virgin.

Can't believe the delivery either - got mine arranged for Saturday morning, for the same £2.99 price! (I'm not in during the week, but just after this newsport was posted, I was able to select tomorrow as a date if I wanted to.

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Reckon they might sell a few!

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virgin are excellent for their deliveries.

remember ordering a phone a few years back on a saturday from them and receiving it on a sunday!!

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Anyone know if the same deal is on instore?

And whether they are still doing free megastore vouchers?

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Anyone know if the same deal is on instore?

And whether they are still doing free megastore vouchers?

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err.. shite... I assumed they weren't available in store... hope I'm right! Do you get the 28 days thing in store?

I was gonna pa £100 for a portable dab radio anyway

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Don't live near enough a store to check, and can't be bothered to phone :)

Anyone else?

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You can get 10% back on PAYG through cashback sites such as Quidco :)

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PS watch out for the T&C's. You need to make a single chargeable call each month to get the £5ppm top-up for that month

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What was the deal with other SIMs in the end? No TV at all or just BBC1?

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All TV if you put the VM SIM in and acquire the licences once a month, else NO TV.

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I'll tell you when I get my Tesco SIM in :)

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Hi,

Just ordered one, thanks for the heads up, i'll post my views when i've had time to play. I've seen it mentioned that it can be unlocked for £20 in the forum for this phone, but if you wait until Virgin have topped your phone to £30 then you can get it unlocked via them (so in effect it has not cost you anything, but you have to wait a few months since they give you £15 to start then £5 a month!!).

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Just been into Virgin Megastore in Norwich, it's priced as 159.99 in there.

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