Gone are the days you needed to wait for months on end to see premium new Android smartphones discounted by a pithy $50 or $100, as 2016 appears to be the year of launch-coinciding deals.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its Gear VR freebie got the ball rolling, and LG had little choice but to offer the G5 bundled with gratis accessories off the bat too. And now Huawei takes a buyer-incentivizing page from the playbooks of its rivals, partnering with Vodafone to treat future UK-based P9 owners to a mind-blowing promotion.
Not only does the Huawei P9 require no upfront payment from Vodafone customers willing to sign a new two-year contract, but it also nets you a W1 Classic smartwatch free of charge. In case you’re not aware (we weren’t), W1 Classic is just a different name for the super-stylish Huawei Watch, normally priced at £290 ($410) on British shores.
So, yeah, you’re looking at 410 bucks savings here, even more when considering a second Vodafone UK gift in the form of an obviously much cheaper Huawei P9 View Flip Case accessory. No catches, no strings attached, just a May 6 deadline, and a mandatory monthly cost of at least £30 ($42), unlimited minutes and texts, plus a minimum of 2GB data included.
The carrier doesn’t say exactly when your pre-ordered phone will ship, but the good news is you’ll be getting the leather-strapped Huawei Watch and flip case in the same package.