iPhone 4S Rival Alert: ZTE Skate Now Available From £120

The follow-up to the award winning Orange San Francisco, the Monte Carlo, has dropped in price over the last few days down from £150 to £120, a 20 per cent cut that could be due to the impending launch of the iPhone 4S, a cheaper version of the iPhone 4.

The offer, available online from Orange and instore, doesn't require you to be an existing Orange customer as was previously the case. Interestingly, the Orange Monte Carlo is around half the price of the SIM Free version of the ZTE Skate.

The device comes with a Qualcomm SoC clocked at 800MHz (an ARM 11 model rather than a Snapdragon one), with 512MB RAM, a 2GB microSD card bundled, 3G+, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and a number of Orange specific features (HD Voice, Signal Boost UMA, Orange Wednesday, Orange App Store and Maps).

With five hours talk time and 12 days on Standby, the Monte Carlo has a decent battery life and still manages to keep a trimmed profile at only 10.4mm thick.

The original Orange San Francisco might cost £20 less but unless you fancy a physically smaller smartphone, it would be hard to justify opting for the former which comes with a poorer camera and a slower chip.