Nokia Brings C3 Blackberry-like Smartphone To Vodafone

Nokia will partner with Vodafone to roll out the C3 phone on an exclusive Pay as you go package with other mobile networks getting the smartphone much later.

The phone, which was announced back in April, is a low-end version of the E71 and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard combined with a Symbian S40 operating system.

There's a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, a microSD slot, built in Opera Mini browsing, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger with OVI chat.

It will be available in a number of colours including pink. You can register your interest on Vodafone's website here.

The C3 will also come with a 250MB data package which will cost £7.50 and last for 30 days. In addition, Vodafone also announced that customers who buy PAYG phones direct from their high street stores will get a £10 Freedom pack.

This, Vodafone reckons, is equivalent to £50 worth of calls and texts, that's 100 minutes of calls to any network, landlines and 300 UK texts. Note that the Freedom pack will last only 30 days.