The retail smartphone market continues to provide fodder for consumers with Vodafone and Optus sparring today over new phone deals.
Optus started the latest spat with news it is now offering the Motoroal DEFY on an exclusive two-year $49 per month contract with $0 upfront.
The new DEFY features a 3.7-inch screen and 854×480-pixel resolution. It’s powered by Android 2.1 (upgradeable to 2.2) and runs TI’s 800MHz OMAP processor.
Shortly after, Vodafone fired back with news it will have the new HTC Desire Z as an exclusive handset from launch later this month.
The phone with its slide-out keyboard is expected to be available some time in March from Vodafone dealers although it has yet to announce any pricing or plan details.
The Desire Z features a 3.7-inch 800×480-pixel screen with an 800MHz Scorpion CPU, slide-out QWERTY keypad and Android 2.2 operating system from the start.
However, with Vodafone making a public apology over the state of its mobile network, it remains to be seen whether the Desire Z will benefit from its exclusive deal with the troubled carrier.