Vodafone 555 Facebook Phone Goes On Sale

Vodafone announced earlier today that it has started selling the Vodafone 555 Blue, which the mobile phone operator presented in July as the first prepay handset in the UK with a Facebook button.

The handset looks on the outside a lot like the HTC Chacha which comes with a similar form factor, colour scheme and a dedicated Facebook button, but the similarities end here.

The Vodafone 555 Blue is built by Alcatel and should, when it comes to quality, match that of ZTE or Huawei. It has a 2.4-inch non-touchscreen QVGA display, a full QWERTY keyboard, a two-megapixel camera with flash and looks like an evolution of the Alcatel OT-900.

It runs on a proprietary OS (potentially a reskinned Qualcomm BrewOS) and uses the Opera Mini as system browser.

Vodafone will sell it for £70 instore and online, a price that includes £15 top up which provides customers with 200 minutes, 600 texts and 100MB web access on top of the regular top up amount.

The phone can also be purchased as a "device only" for £62.50 but will only be usable on Vodafone's network (with the targeted audience being those who have a SIM-only contract or an existing Vodafone PAYG SIM).