iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Orange Monte Carlo Smartphone Available From £100

The ZTE Skate, otherwise known as the Orange Monte Carlo, can now be purchased from as little as £99.99 from Argos.

You will also get a £20 worth of airtime; the smartphone is locked on Orange, although you should be able to unlock it for not too much.

The Monte Carlo is an evolution of the Orange San Francisco, almost on par with the Orange San Francisco II (which retails for roughly the same amount).

Originally announced in February 2011, the phone didn't reach the UK market until September 2011.

It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227 chipset clocked at 800MHz, 512MB RAM, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive display, a microSD card slot, a five megapixel camera with flash but no front facing one.

Its battery has an average 1400mAh capacity and will power the handset for up to five hours. The smartphone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will almost certainly not receive Ice Cream Sandwich - as it seems that the minimum clock speed ICS requires is 1GHz.

The only rival for the handset at this price is, ironically, another ZTE (and Orange) handset, the Orange San Francisco II, which boasts the same specification except with a secondary front facing camera.