My £199 Pre3 order with cleverboxes was cancelled because of an issue with an unconfirmed paypal address - should have paid by credit card! Gutted.
However, if the below goes through ok it will have worked out rather well!
I've now gone onto carphonewarehouse and ordered the cheapest vodafone contract with free pre3 @ £10.50 / mth for 24 mths (£252 in total) - it's still in stock. I have a £50 cashback voucher (via work), so in total it comes to just £202!
Because I'm paying monthly (essentially 0% interest over 24mths!) the £300 I had set aside for the pre is now available to spend, so now I can get a touchpad too
On top of that I'll keep my current o2 contract which is due for an upgrade in November (my pre- didn't last the full 24ths before it died) and use that on the pre3 (knowing vodafone I'll need to get it unlocked). I'll get them to send me the new iphone 5 when it comes out which I could probably easily sell for £450+ (profiteering just like everyone else has done to me with the firesale pre and touchpads on ebay).
There ya go, a Pre3 and Touchpad for free (excluding the monthly cost of my current o2 contract of course). From being on holiday and missing out on the phone and touchpad firesales to this - I'm now a very happy man!
Touch wood, the order goes through ok!