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HTC Desire 816

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If you love photos and videos, the HTC Desire 816 is your type of phone. With a great camera, large screen and powerful stereo speakers, it’s got everything you’ll need.

 
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The Effective monthly cost is NOT the amount that will be taken from your bank account by direct debit every month (this is the “Monthly cost”).

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  • The total line rental cost over the life of the contract (Monthly cost multiplied by the length of the contract in months)
  • Any upfront handset cost (if applicable)
  • Any cashback promotions or bill credits that will be received through the duration of the contract (if applicable)

For example. A contract has an upfront handset cost of £50. The contract is 24 months long, and is £25 per month. This means the total line rental is 24 months x £25, which is £600. If there was £100 cashback, this would be taken into account too, by subtracting it from the total line rental cost. £600-£100 = £500. Add in the handset cost £50+£500 =£550 to give the total contract cost of £550. To get the Effective monthly cost, divide this by the contract length: £550/24 months, to give £22.92.

*Networks may increase Monthly price in line with Retail Price Index (RPI).

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24 months

300 Any network Unlimited 250 MB - - £ 22.5 £ 22.50
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24 months

500 Any network Unlimited 250 MB - £149.99 £ 18.24 £ 11.99
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24 months

500 Any network Unlimited 500 MB - - £ 23.0 £ 23
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Operating system Processor name and model Talk time (up to) Camera quality Screen size
Android KitKat 4.4.2 1.6GHz quad core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor Up to 21 hours talk time 13MP 5.5"

HTC Desire 816

Designed for watching movies and taking great photos, the HTC Desire 816 will be your portable entertainment centre.

Big, beautiful screen.

Great for video playback, photo viewing and online browsing, you’ll fall in love with the huge screen on the HTC Desire 816. Colours are super life like, and the detail is excellent, so everything looks as good as it does in real life.

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More volume than ever.

The sounds from the HTC Desire 816 make it an almost unbeatable video watching machine. With a BoomSound™ speaker above and below the screen, you get stereo sound, and the volume is amazing. It’s ideal for sharing your tunes with friends too.

Say cheese!

The technology inside the HTC Desire 816’s camera means it collects more light than other smartphone cameras. It means you get better colours, and when there’s not much light, your photos are still bright and detailed. And when it comes to the front facing camera, it picks up twice as much detail as other smartphones, so your selfies will look stunning.

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Make your own video highlights.

The HTC Desire 816 can automatically create short films made up of your photos and videos. You can choose themes and visual effects, and add your own music. They look really professional and are perfect for showing off nights out or holidays.

Gaming on the go.

That big screen is great for gaming too, and with fast and powerful insides, your HTC Desire 816 can be your portable games machine too. Whether you like racing games, strategy games or simply playing crazy games like Angry Birds, this phone’s ideal.

Want a big screen phone with great cameras? Try the HTC Desire 816.

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Battery life and operating system

Operating system Android KitKat 4.4.2 The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
Standby time (up to) 737 hours The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
Talk time (up to) 21 hours The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.
Battery size (in mAh) 2,600mAh This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.

Body and screen

Screen resolution 720 x 1280 pixels The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
Screen sharpness 267ppi The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
Screen technology Super LCD2 The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
Sim type Nano The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
Touchscreen Yes Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.
Device size 156.6 x 78.7 x 8 mm

The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.

Device weight 165g The weight of the device in grams.
Screen size 5.5" The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.

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Speakerphone Yes If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).
Works in USA Yes Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.
Voice dialling Yes Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!
Voice recognition Yes Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.
Frequency band Quad band The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.

Camera

Flash type LED The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.
Front facing camera 5MP Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.
Video camera quality 1080p HD The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.
Camera quality 13MP The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.

Connectivity

Mobile hotspot and tethering Yes This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.
Other connectivity NFC, DLNA, MHL The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.
Positioning GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.
Wi-Fi Yes If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.
3G Yes 3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.
4G Yes

With 4G, internet is five times faster than older 3G connections. It’s perfect for streaming videos & music, and web pages load instantly. 4G lets you get the most out of your new phone.
Find out more in our 4G comparison hub.

Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.
Internet data connection Yes The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.

Music and entertainment

Music player Yes A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.
Radio Yes A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.
Apps Yes Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.

Processor and memory

Memory card type microSD 128GB Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.
Internal phone memory 8GB The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.
Processor name and model 1.6GHz quad core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.
Processor speed 1.6GHz The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.
RAM 1.5GB RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.
Number of cores Quad core The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.

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For full details on your deliveries, please visit our Help site.

The above services are available on all phones, Pay monthly SIM cards, free gifts and everything else over £50. Delivery is made by DPD. All non handset items under £50 are delivered by Royal Mail first class, and will not qualify for next day delivery guarantees or the above services.

These services are not available in certain remote locations. For remote locations, you should allow up to 1-2 working days and you may be charged extra.

These services are not available on Sundays and bank holidays.

Returns

Product purchased online

  • Most items can be returned or exchanged within 14 days of the date we first try to deliver your product
  • If something's not working, give us a call on 0870 111 6565^. We will tell you whether you are eligible for a return, exchange or repair.
  • If you have no reception on your new network, you can return your device within 14 days of the date we first tried to deliver it to you
  • Online purchases can also be returned to your nearest store

What do I need to return/cancel my order

  • Your product in its original condition and preferably its original packaging.
  • All the accessories and other content that came with the product.
  • Proof of purchase.
  • Any free gifts that came with the product.
  • Find your nearest store with our store locator.

Full information on the above returns policies is available on our Help site.

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HTC Desire 816  with Insurance & Tech Support - Mobile Complete for just £9.99 per month

  • Defaqto 5 star-rated mobile phone insurance
  • Cover for accidental damage, theft and loss
  • Cover for liquid damage
  • Cover for unauthorised use
  • In-store Tech support or 24/7 by phone
  • Cover for up to £300 of Carphone Warehouse phone accessories
  • Next working day phone replacement on claim acceptance
  • Insurance underwritten by Aviva
  • Security software for your smartphone.*
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    *Subject to device compatibility.

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